orchestra on stage

Participation in the UNC Charlotte Orchestra is open to all students at UNC Charlotte.

The UNC Charlotte Orchestra  (MUPF 1110) represents the highest-level orchestral performance group at UNC Charlotte. The Orchestra presents music from across the spectrum of the symphonic repertoire, and emphasizes the art and science of group musical interaction. An audition is required for enrollment. As part of the Orchestra Mosaic project, the ensemble combines annually with student and faculty musicians from other educational institutions to create collaborative performances presented at various metropolitan concert venues. This strategy supports the performance of repertoire more than once and thus increases the learning potential of each student.

2023-24 Auditions

The Ensemble Directors support a unified woodwind and brass audition process for all non-string students. If you take part in the woodwind and brass auditions during the first week of classes in the Fall semester, you do not need to audition separately for the orchestra. Students will be assigned to the orchestra based on repertoire requirements, results of the auditions, and in consultation with individual studio faculty.

NOTE: For the Spring 2024 semester, all new players (winds AND strings) must audition in person for Dr. Yamamoto during the first scheduled class period on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, beginning at 2:30 PM in Rowe 140. Please email Dr. Yamamoto at ayamamot@charlotte.edu to schedule an individual audition time on that day.

Students should prepare an audition piece from one of following categories: the exposition of a standard classical concerto, a solo sonata, a popular song, or church hymn. In addition, all students must play at least two major scales in two octaves, up and down, at the time of the audition.

If you have questions before the audition sign-up link is posted, please contact the UNC Charlotte Orchestra Conductor, Dr. Alan Yamamoto via email at ayamamot@charlotte.edu.


Dr. Mira FrischDirector of String Chamber Music
Dr. Alan Yamamoto, Orchestra