Auditions & Scholarships

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra is composed of UMW students as well as members of the community. UMW students and community members (any non UMW student) are welcome to audition.

Audition Information

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra is the flagship classical ensemble for the University and the community. Entrance into the group is by audition only. UMW students and community members (any non UMW student) are welcome to audition. Auditions for UMW students occur the weekend before classes begin in August or by special appointment with Dr. Bartram. Auditions for community members occur in early to mid-August or by special appointment with Dr. Bartram.  Since openings sometimes occur for the Spring Semester, auditions for UMW students and for community members may also take place at the beginning of the Spring semester in January.
Please be certain that your schedule will allow you to perform on all scheduled concerts and attend rehearsals prior to auditioning.
Please complete the Audition Request Form on the Department of Music’s website, and return it by surface mail to the department. You will receive an assigned time by email or surface mail in early August.
What to Prepare for your Audition
The audition consists of:
✔ Two pieces of contrasting style, selected by you, which represent your performance abilities very well. We prefer a fast and a slow excerpt. Please bring two copies of your pieces with you.
✔ All major scales.
✔ sightreading
For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Bartram.


The UMW Philharmonic, supported by the Friends of the Philharmonic, is fortunate to have one of the largest and most progressive scholarship programs in the nation.
Called the Philharmonic Scholars, awards are based not only on participation within the orchestra, but also service to the community and to the university.
With more than $1.4 million in endowments, we are able to award more than $45,000 per year to deserving orchestra students, regardless of major!
For more information about the many scholarships available to UMW students, please see our SCHOLARSHIPS page.