Audition Information


CHANGED–August 22nd audition date is cancelled due to the Whiskeytown Beach concert rehearsal. We will have Auditions on August 15th from 5:30-6:30 pm for new members wishing to play on the Whiskeytown show, or Shasta College students enrolling for credit that need Dr. Corbin’s signature to enroll in the class for 1 unit credit. All other new musicians or returning college students should audition on either August 29th or September 5th (or Sept. 4th for Simpson University students)

2017 Audition Dates: Tuesday August 15th 5:30-6:30pm; August 29th & September 5th from 6:30-8:30pm. Shasta College, room 633.

SIMPSON UNIVERSITY students: General Simpson Ensemble auditions will be held on Monday September 4th, from 1-3pm (Labor Day). If you are in town and able to audition on August 15th or 29th, that is a preferred option.

First rehearsal is TUESDAY September 12th, 6:30-9:20pm at Shasta College room 633. Parking passes will be distributed at that time. (NOTE: This date was changed as of July 12th)


All students and community volunteers are welcome to join! The SSO serves a dual mission: as an academic ensemble for students enrolled at Simpson University and Shasta Community College, and as an orchestra for skilled adult volunteer musicians.

Adult community volunteers:

Adult volunteer musicians can choose to either 1) arrange a private audition with Dr. Corbin or 2) just sit in for one entire rehearsal. If the latter is selected, please make sure to make arrangements with Dr. Corbin ahead of time. Adult volunteer musicians can join the orchestra at any point in the season – musicians often play just 1-2 of the 5 concerts we have each year. We will get you involved on the first rehearsal of the next concert rotation. While players of diverse performance abilities are welcome, all community members must meet a minimum performance ability threshold, outlined on the course syllabus. For specific questions about the performance ability threshold related to your instrument, please contact Dr. Corbin directly.

Students (College, University or high school):

NOTE: High school students must participate in their local school music programs if they intend to audition for the SSO. The SSO and Shasta Concert Symphony Orchestra (formerly Shasta Youth Symphony and Shasta Pre-Symphony) are intended to enhance a student’s musical experience, not replace their involvement in a local program. High School students should be enrolled in the Shasta Youth Symphony, but are welcome to also audition for the SSO if they are of a high ability level. College students should audition for SSO, but may find the Shasta Concert Symphony a better fit if they are at an intermediate ability level, or if they play an instrument that is more competitive, such as flute or trumpet. 

All new and returning students must audition every fall. Auditions normally take place the first two Tuesdays of the Shasta College Fall Semester, in room 633, the large rehearsal room down the hall from the Theater. If you are new to the SSO, contact Dr. Corbin directly in order to ensure that you have the correct and most current audition schedule. When you arrive, sign up for a specific time slot. Once you have taken your audition you will be allowed to register for the course. (Simpson University students will audition on Labor Day.)

Students may also audition into the group in late fall or early January and join the SSO spring semester. Contact Dr. Corbin to schedule an audition.

Audition Materials:

  1. Two short contrasting pieces, or excerpts of pieces, just 60-90 seconds each
    1. One should be more technical in nature
    2. The other should be more lyrical and expressive in nature
    3. Solo pieces are best, but band or orchestral excerpts are acceptable
    4. Percussionists should select one piece on snare drum, one on mallets, then demonstrate timpani tuning and crash cymbal crashes as soft, medium, and loud dynamics.
  2. Three scales of your choosing, 2 or 3 octaves each
  3. Sight-reading