Founded in 1997, the All University Orchestra (AUO) of Carnegie Mellon University is a student organization that provides its members the opportunity to continue exploring the classical music repertoire and to further develop their overall musicianship. This organization, part of the Department of Student Activities, is open to all members of the University community. It is comprised of three ensembles: All University Orchestra, a symphonic orchestra; String Theory; and Flute Choir. Members are allowed to participate in one or all ensembles. For more information regarding our ensembles, please contact AUO Music Director, Jeffrey Klefstad at email@example.com.
The AUO Member Info Packet for 2017-2018 can be found here (PDF).
The AUO Symphony performs 2 concerts each year from a varied selection of repertoire. Previous performances have included compositions by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Copland, Barber, Rossini, Wagner, Verdi and many more. Additionally, the organization presents the Concerto & Aria Competition, which is open to all AUO members and students of the University. All prospective members are asked to audition so parts can be distributed appropriately.
Rehearsals are held Sunday evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater located in the University Center. Sectionals follow full rehearsal and are announced a week beforehand.
Founded in 2008, String Theory is a traditional string ensemble that performs chamber concerts around the University and Oakland. Like the AUO, the ensemble performs 2 concerts each academic year from a varied selection of repertoire. Past selections have included the works of Bach, Beethoven, Holst, Grieg, Hindemith, Shostakovich, Corelli, and others. Concerts take place in both on and off-campus venues, such as Kresge Theater and Schenley Plaza. There are no auditions to participate in this ensemble.
Rehearsals occur on Saturday afternoons from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Margaret Morrison Room 119. If you are interested in this ensemble, please contact Conductor Jeffrey Klefstad (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The AUO Flute Choir is a chamber ensemble run by members of the AUO. This ensemble performs along side String Theory during AUO Chamber concerts, which are presented each fall and spring semester. Repertoire performed include traditional pieces, as well as original compositions and arrangements.
Rehearsals are held at 6:00pm-7:00pm in MM119. For more information, please email William Fahy (email@example.com).
The AUO has over 120 members across three ensembles: the AUO Symphony, String Theory (String Ensemble), and Flutonium (Flute Choir).
AUO Symphony (approx. 3 hrs/week):
The AUO Symphony rehearses Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the UC Studio Theater with sectionals from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. throughout the academic year. Members are expected to be in the rehearsal space by 5:50, warmed-up and ready to play at 6:00. Many of our members still manage to be active with other organizations and ensembles on campus.
String Theory (approx. 1.5 hrs/week):
String Theory rehearses Saturday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in MM119. Members are expected to be in the rehearsal space by 4:20, warmed-up and ready to play at 4:30 p.m.
Flutonium (approx. 1 hr/week):
Flutonium rehearses Saturday afternoon from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Each student pays an activities fee that is included in your tuition package while attending CMU. We collect a membership due which is $10/semester. If you are in more than one of our ensembles, you only need to pay your due once. We are funded by the Department of Student Activities, but also pursue fundraising opportunities.
The AUO symphony is fortunate to perform our concerts in the historic Carnegie Music Hall, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium.
String Theory and Flutonium
These chamber ensembles perform both on and off-campus. In the past we have performed in Carnegie Music Hall, Schenley Plaza and Kresge Theater.
The only audition required is for AUO Symphony members. You do not need to audition to participate in String Theory or Flutonium.
Students interested in the AUO Symphony will audition by sending a video link to AUO Music Director, Jeffrey Klefstad, firstname.lastname@example.org. Audition materials are located under the AUO Symphony Audition tab.