Houghton College Philharmonia
The Houghton Philharmonia is a flexible group of 50-60 orchestral musicians, including strings, winds, and percussion. Both music majors and non-music majors participate in this ensemble, as well as players from the community. Student membership is open; seating assignments are made based on brief, low-pressure auditions.
The Philharmonia performs repertoire from all the major musical eras—works of Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Post-Romantic, and later Twentieth-Century masters, including music by living composers. Players are also sometimes exposed to further significant, high-quality orchestral music in repertory reading sessions. Typically, a bi-annual soloist competition is held; winners perform with the orchestra.
Instrumental Ensemble Placement Auditions
- CFA Room 210
- August 30-September 2, 2013
All Houghton students are welcome to play in the Philharmonia Orchestra after completing a short placement audition. Audition information and sign-up is online at https://houghtonbandorchauditions.youcanbook.me. Please visit this link to sign up for a 15-minute audition slot during an available time for you. New students to Houghton are requested to audition Friday evening or Saturday, and returning students are requested to take Saturday or Sunday slots. Monday morning slots are reserved for people who absolutely cannot return before Monday. The auditions are to be held in Room 210 in the Center for the Arts building on the second floor. Please bring your instrument, a short 3-5 minute prepared piece, and be ready to play scales and sight read. Please arrive a few minutes early. If you have any questions regarding auditions or participation in an instrumental ensemble, please email Professor Justin Davis at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing your audition, meeting you, and having you participate with us this year! All Houghton students are encouraged to audition to participate in Philharmonia, regardless of major!