Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra

Photo of a student playing a string instrument
Mr. David Ellis
Course Number
MUEN 386
Rehearsal Day/Time
TR, 7:00-8:30 PM
Rehearsal Location
Spartan Rehearsal Hall
Participation Information

Requires audition. Please email ensembles director.

The Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra ( MUEN 386 ) is open to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty, and community members by audition who play string instruments and desire to perform in an flexible but very high quality string instrumental music setting.  The group rehearses twice per week for a total of 90 minutes and performs 2 to 4 concerts per academic year.

The repertoire performed in this ensemble is wide ranging and drawn from a variety of smaller chamber genres that include pieces from the baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary stylistic periods.  Some of the pieces are conducted and others are rehearsed collaboratively by the group with coaching from the director. The group collectively decides the program and many pieces use soloists from within the group.  Additionally, there are opportunities for this group to collaborate with other ensembles in the Music Department including the Case Chorale, the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra, and others.

Here is some additional basic information about that you may be interested in:

  • When are auditions?
    • Fall 2020 auditions have passed.
  • When is the first rehearsal?
    • Because Auditions take place during the first week of classes and the faculty will need to staff small groups and choose repertoire, the actual first rehearsals will take place beginning the week of September 7th.
  • How do I register for the course?
    • Request course (MUEN-385) permission in the CWRU Student Information System (SIS).  Course permission will be granted after an audition has been completed during the first week of school.  Permission requests will remain pending until the end of audition week.  Once you are “granted permission” you need to go back into SIS and complete your registration.  In order to perform in the ensemble you must officially register.
  • What is the difference between registering for 0, .5, or 1 credits?
    • This is a personal choice based upon each student’s available credit load and preferences
  • Are instruments available?
    • Specialty and large instruments are available on a limited basis for use by those enrolled in our ensembles.
  • Where are practice rooms?
    • Practice rooms are available in the Wade/Denison Rehearsal Facility (part of Wade Commons) during posted open hours on a first-come, first-served basis.  During Orientation week the Wade/Denison Rehearsal facility will be open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Once the Drop/Add period is over the building will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and you will need to use your ID to get into the building.
  • Is instrument storage available?
    • Lockers are available for music majors, minors, and those non-majors who participate in a Department ensemble.  Submit a locker request.
    • Please note, due to the busy start of term, it may take us a bit to respond to all requests and we ask for your patience.
  • When does the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra perform?
    • The Orchestra Performance Calendar is the Syllabus and will be distributed during auditions.  This year we will be broadcasting our performances that will include both our in-person and remote chamber groups.

Information for Academic Year 2020 – 2021

For the 2020-2021 Academic year all Ensembles will be utilizing a “small” ensemble approach to allow us to maintain in-person rehearsals.  To accomplish this we will be creating a rotating schedule so that we meet each group in one of our large rehearsal rooms for 30 minute rehearsal blocks based on everyone’s schedules.  After each rehearsal we need to vacate the room to allow a 20 minute window for air circulation.  Because of this we will be moving ensembles around the building to maintain this structure.  Each group will have one scheduled 30 minute block with a Director/Coach and another 30 minute block with a student director.  During the second week of classes commencing September groups will be assembled, a rehearsal schedule created, and  music distributed to each ensemble.  Formal rehearsals will then begin on week 3 of the semester commencing on September 7, 2020. The same timeline for information, distribution and rehearsals applies to all students enrolled in orchestra remotely.  Remote students will be assigned a chamber group who will virtually interact and produce a chamber music performance video through an electronic platform. 

  • All Orchestral Ensembles require an audition once per year. You may audition in the fall even if you don’t plan on enrolling until the Spring. Or you may choose to audition in the Spring if that is easier.
  • We encourage ALL Students who are on campus and intend on performing with an In-Person ensemble to take an In-Person Audition.  If, however, you are in quarantine or not comfortable with an in person situation for health reasons, you can opt for a Remote Audition.  Audition Materials including requirements and excerpts are listed by Instrument are listed below.
  • If you planning on enrolling in Orchestra as a “remote” offering you will be required to take a Remote Audition.
  • The audition requirements are the same for BOTH In-Person and Remote Auditions.

Audition Information

All auditions will consist of:

  • Scales (2-3 octave Major and Harmonic Minor Scales)
  • A prepared piece (not to exceed 3 minutes) that shows your level of performance (can be an etude or a solo piece)
  • Orchestra Excerpts (For String Players ONLY) available via this page.

Audition Materials by Instrument are listed as follows:

Class Information

MUEN 386 – Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra Syllabus for AY 2020-2021 (will be posted soon)