The Prelude Orchestra is an advanced beginner string ensemble comprised of string players with at least one year of playing experience. This group is ideal for beginner students wanting an additional challenge, or for Suzuki/private lesson students looking for a first-time orchestra experience.

The Prelude Orchestra meets from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays at the USC String Project.

Audition Requirements

Prelude auditions require an excerpt, scales and a solo piece. Please review the requirements listed below. For any questions email

Audition Materials



Scale Requirement: One-quarter note per scale degree, quarter note=80


  • G major two-octaves
  • E natural minor one-octave


  • C major two-octaves
  • A natural minor one-octave


  • C major two-octaves
  • A natural minor one-octave

Double Bass

  • D major one-octave
  • A natural minor one-octave

Solo Requirement: Prepare a solo piece of your choice that will showcase your technique, musicality, and overall playing ability.

This can be a piece from your method book, however orchestral pieces are not permitted.


Audition Dates

Our Fall 2022 Auditions are scheduled for the following dates.

Date Location
Saturday, August 27, 2022 USC School of Music
Sunday, August 28, 2022 USC School of Music