Join UEA Symphony Orchestra Join UEA Symphony Orchestra

UEA Symphony Orchestra enjoys membership from students, staff and members of the public. The orchestra, under the direction of UEA Director of Music Stuart Dunlop, rehearses on campus every Wednesday (6.30pm-9.15pm), during the autumn and spring semesters, and performs either alone or with UEA Choir, at least three times a year. Past projects have included performances of Dvořák’s Mass in D Major (with UEA Choir), Brahms’ Symphony No.1, Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (with UEA Choir), Mendelssohn’s Overture and Incidental music for A Midsummer Nights Dream (with UEA Drama), Mahler’s Totenfeier and Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations.

Details of forthcoming UEA Symphony Orchestra performances can be found in our Events Calendar.


UEA Symphony Orchestra is looking for players of Grade 7 standard or above (however, there is no need to have passed any exams), who (ideally) have some orchestral experience. There are currently positions available in all sections of the orchestra.

For your audition, you will be asked to attempt a short piece of sight reading. You will also be asked to perform a short pre-prepared piece or extract (approximately 2-3 minutes in duration). This can be any piece which you are currently playing or learning. You will be asked to play without accompaniment, but the piece you choose does not have to be unaccompanied.

Auditions for the 2016/17 Symphony Orchestra concert season will take place on Friday 30 September (10.30am-6pm) and Monday 3 October (10.30am-6pm), in the UEA Music Centre (download an audition flyer). For further information or to book an audition slot, please email If you are requesting an audition, please state in your email, your instrument and what (if any) musical experience you have.

Alternatively, to apply for an audition, fill out our online application form.

Please note that there is currently no fee to join UEA Symphony Orchestra.