Auditions for summer 2013 have already taken place. Contact conductors if you are interested as there is still some space.
Rehearsals are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-10 pm in Hertz Hall.
Admission to the concert is free with a suggested donation of $10. No tickets are required for entry.
Map with locations of Hertz & Morrison Halls: http://www.berkeley.edu/map/maps/CD56.html
Audition Instructions and Sign-Up
To sign up for an audition, please fill out the downloadable audition form (.pdf) (MS Word) and save it naming the file like this: Firstname_LastnameUSO.pdf or .doc. (e.g., Garrett_WellensteinUSO.pdf or Garrett_WellensteinUSO.doc (underscore between names)). Then attach this file to an email to Garrett Wellenstein at email@example.com to arrange an audition; you may also contact him at (626) 592-2213.
Auditionees on all instruments should prepare a solo piece which will demonstrate fast and slow playing (may be two different pieces or movements).
In addition auditionees must prepare two orchestral excerpts. Audition excerpts are the same as for the University Symphony and can be found here.
Summer 2013 Program
First Concert Set
Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, 8pm, Hertz Hall
Schubert, Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished")
Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral")
Garrett Wellenstein, Melissa Panlasigui, and Jane Kim - conductors
Second Concert Set
Monday, July 29, 8pm at SF Conservatory; Friday, July 26, 8pm at Hertz Hall
Bernstein, On the Town
Semi-staged musical with performers from SFArtsEd
Henry Shin - conductor
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-10:00pm in Hertz Hall
First rehearsal: Tuesday, June 11
Description and HistorySponsored by the Department of Music, the UC Summer Symphony is a fully student-run and supported ensemble that rehearses from June through August each summer, and gives two public performances in Hertz Hall.
The UC Berkeley Summer Symphony started in 1978 by Michael Senturia as a small student-run orchestra comprised mostly of students of the University and members of the Berkeley community. Since then, it has grown into a full-sized orchestra, performing major works from the standard classical repertoire. Currently, the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony draws in players from the University, Cal State East Bay, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Oakland and San Francisco Youth Orchestras. Concerts are held in early August in Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (near College and Bancroft).
The goal of the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony has always been to keep the classical music scene alive in University and the surrounding community throughout the summer months. The orchestra is led by promising student conductors under the tutelage of Prof. David Milnes in the Music Department at UC Berkeley. It gives them first-hand experience in preparing a concert program, rehearsing an orchestra, and working with the administrative staff which gives them a glimpse of what it will take to become a music director of a professional orchestra. The orchestra members not only play but also learn how to adapt to different conductors and their styles while providing feedback to help the conductors.
Past conductors include: Jean Ahn, Ankush Bahl, Tom Busse, Gene Chang, Hoh Chen, Richard Cheetham, Andrew Chung, Brian Current, Alexander Kahn, Mei-Gang Li, Henry Shin, Kumiko Takahashi, Reynold Tharp, Dmitiri Tymoczko, Linda Wang, Garrett Wellenstein, Melissa Panlasigui, and Jane Kim.