Dear everyone who auditioned for PUO and Sinfonia:
It was an amazing week, floods and tornados notwithstanding. We were fully expecting a lower turnout than usual because of pandemic impact, but this was the largest turnout of all time, almost 170. PUO is at a record number, 118, and Sinfonia a robust ~70. 188 students on campus playing in an orchestra—3.5% of the undergraduate population. That’s a single remarkable musical community for a university of this size. Both orchestras have marvelous seasons awaiting them.
It was an unusual audition year because it came out of a truly awful year before. No one had had a live audition in two years, other than the poor substitute of video submissions for the Class of ’24. It was clear that many were coming off layoffs, and nothing could be more understandable. All who were on last year’s roster who auditioned this year were accepted; we wanted to make sure that those who stuck with us last year got some real playing time this year. This means that there will be rotations in some large sections for PUO.
So, our heartfelt thanks for sharing your musical thoughts and feelings with us.
Michael Pratt and Ruth Ochs