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Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies

Chicago College of Performing Arts

The orchestral studies program prepares students majoring in a woodwind or brass instrument, harp, double bass, or percussion for a career as orchestral musicians.

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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Diploma

Students receive intensive focus on the preparation of orchestral repertory and excerpts through an expanded private lesson component and a weekly class devoted specifically to audition preparation.

Expectations & Requirements


Curriculum includes:

  • Lessons
  • Ensembles
  • Professional seminar
  • Audition workshop


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Performance Opportunities

Orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber music


Orchestral Studies with Professor Andrizzi

“The Orchestral Studies program was created for young musicians who are on the cusp of becoming professional orchestral players and who would like to work intensively on the preparation required to succeed in this field. The program is open to a limited number of highly skilled musicians who work with our prestigious music faculty and ensemble conductors to further their preparation of orchestral repertoire. All students regularly rehearse and perform with our large ensembles, while also attending orchestral audition workshops where our faculty evaluate their mock auditions. There is no better way to prepare for taking auditions and performing as a professional musician than to focus on it during one’s studies.”

Emanuele Andrizzi
Head of the Orchestral Studies Program and Conductor, Orchestras, Roosevelt University

All applicants must submit a performing arts application, all required supplemental items, and present an audition (live in Chicago, live at a regional location, or via online recording) to be considered for admission. For more information, please see our admission requirements page

All audition repertoire requirements are contained within the performance area pages for your instrument area. Please review the requirements carefully.