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2017-2018 Orchestra Audition Info

24 Jul 2017 by In Fall 2017, Music Info

Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in our activities here at La Sierra University's Department of Music. We hope you will consider auditioning for the La Sierra University Orchestra this academic year. Here are some details regarding the audition process:


Solos: 1st movement exposition from a Mozart Concerto and a concerto or solo piece of your choice 


Solos: One movement of solo Bach (no repeats) and a standard repertoire concerto movement.


Solos: One movement of solo Bach (no repeats) and a standard repertoire concerto movement.


Solos: One movement of solo Bach (no repeats) and a standard repertoire concerto movement.

Wind, Brass & Percussion Requirements

-Chromatic Scale

  • Bb of F Concert Chromatic Scale (your choice)
  • Tongued up, slurred down
  • 2 Octaves
  • All quarter notes (60 bmp)
  • By memory


*Musicians must perform the entire audition etude page

**FLUTES have two etudes to perform

***PERCUSSIONISTS must perform etudes on the xylophone and snare; percussionists will be asked to tune the timpani to a pitch given by Professor Santos.

Audition Form - Please fill out

La Sierra University Orchestra

LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA is an integral part of the campus community and is recognized as a premier university orchestra in Riverside, CA. Students are trained by faculty that includes members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as Hollywood studio musicians. 

The orchestra is composed primarily of music majors, certificate program students, and non-majors looking to balance their lifelong love of music with other academic pursuits. The orchestra is also open to community musicians and advanced high school students looking to further their study of orchestral literature. The orchestra performs a variety of repertoire, from full symphonic works to chamber music, operas, musicals, pops concerts, and both traditional and contemporary worship music. 

June of 2017, selected students from this ensemble traveled and performed in Iceland. They are preparing for an international music tour for the summer of 2018.


Dean Anderson, Director of Orchestral Studies

DR. DEAN ANDERSON is currently in his fifth year as the Director of Orchestra Studies at La Sierra University. He has been the Music Director for the Dana Point Symphony for over five seasons and is also the Artistic Director for Symphony Irvine. He is frequently engaged as an orchestra clinician and has worked with youth ensembles from across the United States. 

As a guest conductor, he has led the Orquestra Sinfonico de Teatro da Paz (Belem, Brazil), National Congress Chamber Orchestra (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Grumo Festival Orchestra (Grumo, Italy), Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta (Bangkok, Thailand), Yakima Chamber Orchestra, and the Southern California Chamber Ensemble in Nagoya, Japan. He was the first American to guest conduct the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony in Vietnam.

In 2015, he joined the faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival as the Principal Orchestra Director. He also led the combined orchestras of La Sierra University and Symphony Irvine at Walt Disney Hall in the West Coast premiere of Marcos Galvany’s operatic tableau, O My Son. 

As an opera conductor, he performed Giuseppe Lupis’ Il Pianista Disgraziata in Bologna, Assisi, Binetto, Loro Piceno, and Toritto. Other opera performances include Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna and Mercadante’s I Due Figaro with Opera UCLA and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Fullerton College Opera Workshop. He conducted the West Coast premiere of Daron Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, with the La Sierra University Opera in addition to recent productions of The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.


Dr. Anderson studied violin with John Mcleod and conducting with Edward Dolbashian at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UCLA under the mentorship of Neal Stulberg. He has also participated in conducting master classes with Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Daron Hagen, Don Thulean, and Lawrence Golan.