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Attention Masters in Music interested in registering for:

MM Chamber Performance (MUS 944a)

  • It is not a recital
  • It is one chamber piece (chosen in conjunction with your studio teacher)
  • book a performance day/time (Ward, or any other space)
  • book a hearing with Orchestral Instruments Area Head, at least 2 weeks before performance

Orchestra Auditions Fall 2023

  • Auditions will be held in person on Tuesday, August 29th in Room 133, Ward Hall.  Please sign up for an audition time here. Excerpts are listed below.
  • If you are unable to attend an audition in person on Tuesday, August 29th, please contact the orchestra manager, Daniel Lima: rodrigueslima@cua.edu 
  • Harp players should send a video with a solo of their choice no longer than 6 minutes. The video should be sent by Friday, August 25th, to Maestro Tartaglione (tartaglione@cua.edu).
  • Percussionists should schedule an audition time with Maestro Tartaglione (tartaglione@cua.edu). Please choose an excerpt for all of the following (your choice):
    • Snare Drum Etude
    • Mallet solo
    • Timpani Etude
Please be in touch with Maestro Tartaglione by Friday, August 25th.

Music Excerpts


Please check this folder for your excerpt. Fall 2024 excerpts will be updated in early August.

Please practice only the music in brackets. You are free to play one solo if you would like.  You will choose one excerpt to start and the others will be chosen for you, but not all may be played at the audition. Non-Music Majors: The number of excerpts could be reduced upon the maestro's approval if the list of excerpts exceeds your preparation time/level.  Please contact him directly.

  • Lynn Harrell Master Class

    About Us

    The Orchestral Instruments and Conducting Academic Area is made up of approximately 25 undergraduates and 45 graduate students. The richness of playing across all instruments is displayed in our ensembles: the CUA Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

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    Programs of Study

    The Orchestral Instruments and Conducting Academic Area offers bachelor, master, and doctor of musical arts degrees.

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  • Faculty

    Meet the Orchestral Instruments and Conducting faculty, headed by Maestro Tartaglione.

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  • Orchestra Performance at Christmas Concert

    Symphony Orchestra

    The CUA Symphony Orchestra performs major orchestral works regularly throughout the year. The Orchestra also serves as the ensemble for CUA Opera Theatre, and is featured in the Annual Christmas Concert for Charity.

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  • CUA Wind Ensemble

    Wind Ensemble

    The CUA Wind Ensemble performs several concerts throughout the year of a large variety of literature.

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  • The Robert Ricks Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Robert Ricks Memorial Scholarship Fund, designed to support graduate students in orchestral instruments. Contributions from alumni & friends wishing to donate to this fund may be sent to the Departments of Music.

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  • Alumni

    Our alumni perform with some of the leading symphonies and orchestras around the world.

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    Graduate Artist Diploma

    The Artist Diploma may be the most appropriate option for the student seeking total concentration in performance at the post-master's level.

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