Join the Columbia Orchestra

If you play an orchestral instrument and enjoy the challenge of playing the best of the symphonic repertoire with an inspiring conductor, don't miss the opportunity to audition for the Columbia Orchestra! The orchestra is a volunteer adult community orchestra dedicated to fostering a lifelong appreciation of and participation in classical music. Come join us for an exciting season performing great music! We keep an active substitute list, so don't hesitate to contact us.

How do you join? By auditioning for us at the auditions in mid-August. We also have a limited number of audition times during the season, so if you miss our August auditions but are still interested, please contact or 410-465-8777, extension 4.

If the thought of preparing an audition frightens you, please remember - we are a friendly group of people who love to play music together, and we want to make joining us a fun experience for you! If you have checked out our repertoire and you are able to perform this type of music well, you are likely to be a good fit.

We currently have the following openings:

  • 2nd Bassoon, All Strings--permanent positions
  • Woodwind, Brass, Percussion--substitute/alternate positions

Bassoon (only) Audition Requirements

  • 2 minutes from one movement of a standard concerto or similar solo work of your choosing
  • an orchestral excerpt of at least 30 seconds (or two of that length) of your choosing
  • the opening solo from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, beginning to 2 measures before #4
  • Sight-reading at the discretion of the Music Director

String Audition Requirements (to last no longer than 15 minutes total)

  • Two octave major and minor scales through 3b and 3# (articulated/slurred as you wish)
  • Two prepared pieces of contrasting nature (orchestral/concerto excerpts are acceptable)
  • Sight-reading at the discretion of the Music Director

Please look around our web site to familiarize yourself with our orchestra. Here are some specific items you may be interested in:

Fall 2015 Auditions will be held Sunday, August 9 and Monday, August 10, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

For more information, please contact or 410-465-8777, extension 4.