August 2017- Orchestra Musician Auditions

September 28, 2017- Messiah Soloists Auditions (Information at bottom of page)

TBD, 2018- R.L. Halversen Young Artist Concert Auditions (Recorded CD)

TBD 2018- R.L. Halversen YAC Live Auditions



--Musician Auditions will be held during the month of August 2017.

--Applicants must contact the Principal musician on their instrument to schedule a time.

--Any questions? Call Emily Hepworth at 435-233-8213 OR


June 1, 2016

Dear Music Teachers and Youth Musician:

                The Orchestra of Southern Utah is pleased to announce the auditions for the R.L. Halversen Young Artist Concert. We extend an invitation to talented youth (ages 13-25) to audition with concertos, orchestral solos, or original compositions. Southern Utah has a great history of music and we are surprised constantly at the amazing young musicians. This concert is specifically created to honor a teacher, Roy L. Halversen, who instilled a love and legacy of music. We could not imagine a better way to continue his legacy then by showcasing the talent and passion of our youth.

                Performing as a soloist with an orchestra is an unforgettable experience. We also understand how much time, effort, and practice goes into a performance of this caliber. In order to have enough time to prepare, we encourage all to prepare now! A recorded audition of the musical selection, with piano accompaniment, is due October 15, 2016. The concert takes place the evening of April 6, 2017. We look forward to hearing the talent of the youth in this competition.

                Young Artists who are selected to perform at the concert will receive a $50 honorarium, DVD/CD recording, be featured on OSU’s website and YouTube Chanel, as well as an experience performing with a 60 piece orchestra. Past winners have continued on to become successful music teachers, professionals, and leaders.

                CD Auditions should be received by October 15, 2016 with a completed application, audition fee ($20), and a high quality recording. Keep in mind that those who are selected for call backs must be available for the live auditions on November 12, 2016. In order to hear a high caliber performance, please have piano accompaniment for both recording and live auditions. Please see attached for complete Rules and Regulations. Do not hesitate to contact Emily, Pete, or Mandy if you have any questions. We hope you are excited to audition!



Pete Akins

Executive Director, Orchestra of Southern Utah

(435) -592-4266




2016-2017 Dates and Deadlines

Rules and Regulations


Current Dates and Deadlines 2016-2017

1.       CD Auditions: October 15, 2016 (Mail to:)

a.       Pete Akins

Orchestra of Southern Utah

2111 N Main St. #1

Cedar City, UT 84721

2.       Call Backs POSTED: October 31, 2016

a.       Will be posted on

3.       Live Auditions: November 12, 2016

a.       Held in Thorley Recital Hall on the SUU Campus from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm.

4.       Selected Soloists/Composers Announced: November 14, 2016

5.       Photo and Bio due date for publicity: December 1, 2016

6.       Photo and Bio (if changed or updated) for program: March 6, 2017

7.       Rehearsals: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 20

a.       Will be scheduled for only two or three for approx. 20 minutes.

8.       Dress Rehearsal: April 5, 2017

9.       R.L. Halversen Young Artist Concert, “Youthful Legacy”: April 6, 2017


1.       Must be between the ages of 13 and 25.

2.       May perform a Concerto, Orchestral Solo, or an Original Composition.

3.       May not be selected to perform in two consecutive Young Artist Concerts.

4.       Must turn in Application Packet before or by the due date typically in October.

a.       Application Includes: Written Application, Recorded Audition CD, and $20 non-refundable Audition Fee payable to the Orchestra of Southern Utah or OSU.

5.       Must be available for the Live Auditions, in the case of a call back, typically in November.

6.       Must be available for the concert date, the dress rehearsal, and at least three Thursday Evening rehearsals prior to the concert.

Music Choice

1.       Music chosen should be owned by OSU, SUU, or available for purchase.

a.       Music that must be rented MAY be rented by OSU at the expense of the soloist.

b.       Note: Rentals typically cannot be recorded.

2.       Music length should not exceed 10 minutes in length.

3.       Choose 1 movement of the concerto or Orchestral Solo

4.       Original Compositions should be orchestrated to include Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, and Bass.

a.       Encouraged to include Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Trumpet, Horn in F, Tuba, Timpani, and Percussion.  (Also access to English Horn and Saxophones)

Recorded Auditions

1.       SOLO Recorded auditions should have solo and piano accompaniment.

2.       Original Composition Auditions should include a digital recording of composition AND a full score.

3.       Recordings should be made with the best quality possible.

4.       Recordings should be playable on a CD Player.

5.       Must be received by deadline with a completed application and audition fee.

6.       If you would like your CD returned, please send a pre-addressed and stamped envelope.

Live Auditions

1.       Solo Live Auditions should have both solo and piano accompaniment.

2.       Original Compositions will have a few minutes to talk about their piece.

3.       Date and Place of the live auditions will be published at the same time that the CD Audition date is published, printed on the application.

4.       Must be available (typically between 9:00 am- 12:00 pm) for live audition. No rescheduling will take place.

Rehearsals and Concert

1.       Must be available for at least 2 and as many as 4, Thursday evening rehearsals with the orchestra located in the Heritage Center between 7:00 and 9:30 pm.

a.       Note: will be scheduled in advance and may not be needed the entire rehearsal.

2.       Must be available for the Wednesday night Dress Rehearsal the evening prior to the concert from 6:30-9:30 pm.

3.       Must be available for the Performance from 6:30 until the end.

Selected Young Artists

1.       Will receive a $50 Honorarium, given the evening of the performance

2.       An Official CD or DVD (of their choice) of the performance

a.       More recordings can be ordered for a discounted price.

b.       NOTE: If the piece is rented, it may not be possible to record for CD/DVD at all. Subject to copyright laws.

3.       Have an opportunity to be featured on OSU printed publicity, internet publicity, and YouTube Channel.

4.       Will submit a high quality photo and resume by deadline

5.       Will work with the music librarian to ensure that the correct version/arrangement/publication is obtained.

6.       We will be selecting 3-5 soloists and 2-3 alternates.

For Questions

1.       Music Questions: Music Librarian- Mandy Hepworth,

2.       Rules and Regulations OR General Questions: Orchestra Manager- Emily Hepworth, or 435-233-8213

10.   Audition Process/Progress: Executive Director- Pete Akins, or 435-592-4266

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Halversen Application PDF
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Handel's Messiah Solo Auditions!

--Held the final Thursday in September. September 28, 2017.

            ~You will audition in front of a panel of 3-4 judges.

--Please prepare the portion of the Messiah that you would like to sing. An accompanist will be provided.

            ~Below are the selections that OSU would like to fill. Selections are subject to change.

--Schedule a time with Emily Hepworth by sending an e-mail with: your name, phone number, voice, audition piece, and any questions you may have. You may also schedule over the

phone at  435-233-8213.

--Soloists are volunteers (Thank You!) and are excpected to sing with the chorus as well.


-Rehearsals for the full choir are scheduled for each Sunday October 15-November 5 at 8:00-9:00 pm November 12-December 12 at 7:00-9:00 pm at the Historic Rock Church located 75 E Center Street.

-Soloists will rotate rehearsals beginning at 6:30 (same location).


 2017 Performance of Handel’s Messiah



#1   Overture  Orchestra

#2  Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye my people  Tenor

#3  Ev’ry Valley Shall be Exalted  Tenor

#4  And the Glory of the Lord  Choir

#5  Thus Saith the Lord  Alex Byers

#6  But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming  Alex Byers

#8  Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive  Alto

#9  O Thou That Tellest Good Tiding to Zion  Alto/Choir

#12  For Unto Us a Child is Born  Choir

#13  Pastorale  Orchestra

#14  There Were Shepherd Abiding in the Field  Soprano

#15  And Lo, The Angel of the Lord Came Upon Them  Soprano

#16  And Suddenly There was with the Angel  Soprano

#17  Glory to God in the Highest  Choir

#18  Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion  Terri Metcalf‐Peterson

#19  Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be Open’d  Alto

#20  He Shall Feed His Flock/Come Unto Him  Alto/Soprano

#24  Surely, He Hath Borne out Griefs  Choir

#33  Lift Up Your Heads Oh Ye Gates  Choir

#40  Why Do the Nations so Furiously Rage Together  Alex Byers

#41  Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder  Choir

#42  He that Dwelleth in Heaven  Tenor

#43  Thou Shalt Break Them  Tenor

#44  Hallelujah!  Choir

#45  I Know that My Redeemer Liveth  Soprano

#46  Since By Man Came Death  Choir

#47  Behold, I Tell You a Mystery  Bass

#48  The Trumpet Shall Sound  Bass/Trumpet

#53  Worthy is the Lamb/Amen  Choir


Soloist Auditions:  Sept 28th, Thorley Recital Hall, SUU Campus    Contact Emily Hepworth for an appointment, or 435‐233‐8213    If you email her, include your name, phone number and voice (SATB)


Rehearsal schedule:  Choir rehearsals will be Sunday evenings beginning in October.

Thurs. Nov 16  Soloists, Choir and Orchestra

Thurs. Nov 30  Full rehearsal

TBD    Full Dress Rehearsal

No Saturday (usually Dec. 9) dress rehearsal due to LDS Temple dedication  Performances: Sunday Dec 10 and Monday Dec 11





Orchestra Auditions


Those interested in joining the orchestra should contact the appropriate section leader:


First Violins:

Heather Wilhelm,


Second Violins:

Rebekah Hughes,



Allen Butt, (702)358-3944



Leah Brown,



Sarah Solberg, 590-5738

Ariel Rhoades,



Michelle Lambert, 308-207-5547




Carylee Zwang, 590-5991


Application Orchestra of Southern Utah Xun Sun, Conductor and Music Director