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Question #90207 posted on 08/07/2017 6:26 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've been in pit orchestra for musicals before my time at BYU, and it was such a fun experience that now I'm wondering if there's a way for me to participate in the BYU pit orchestra, or at least to audition for it. I've tried looking on the various websites for BYU bands, orchestras, and theatre, but I haven't found any information there, and my Google-fu skills have failed me in my attempts to find an answer to my question elsewhere on the web. The closest thing to helpful information I've found was an offhand mention in a review of a BYU production of Crazy for You that Synthesis served as the pit orchestra for that show, but obviously Synthesis isn't the pit for every show at BYU. Who are the mysterious pit orchestra musicians of BYU? And how can I join their ranks? I'm stuck. So I turn to you, oh wise 100 Hour Board, for help in solving my dilemma. Many thanks! <3

-Ina

A:

Dear musician,

According to a musically inclined source, the orchestra is called Symphony Orchestra. According to BYU, "Auditions for the BYU orchestras, as well as all auditioned ensembles in the School of Music, are administered by the private studio teachers for each instrument. In other words, trumpet players audition for the trumpet teacher, Professor David Brown, clarinets for the clarinet teacher, Professor Jaren Hinckley, etc. Auditions are the first day or two of classes, and each of the studio instructors will have sign-up sheets on their doors. If you need help finding the right studio instructor for your instrument, please check with the secretaries in C-550 HFAC. After the auditions are complete, ensemble placement will be posted in order for rehearsals to begin the second week of school. The only exceptions to this procedure are the University Orchestra and the University String Orchestra, which are non-audition ensembles in which participation is determined through regular online registration. If you are unable to register because the section for your instrument is full, attend the first scheduled class to see if there is space for you to be added."

Good luck auditioning!

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