Student Players

Course Description

Rehearsal and performance of significant repertoire for symphony orchestra from the 18th-21st centuries, including individual practice techniques, rehearsal protocols, discussion of historical and musical significance of repertoire, and public performances. May be repeated for credit. Possible charge for concert dress. Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance.

Restrictive statements: Audition required. May be repeated up to 8 semesters.

Course credit: 1 hour.

Learning outcomes: Students will demonstrate (1) proficiency in music ensemble performance as applied to specific repertoire and genres and (2) knowledge of rehearsal and performance conventions for the ensemble.

Course organization scope

Through regular full ensemble rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, and public performances, students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of significant ideas in music through the study and performance of ensemble repertoire.

Course expectations:
  1. Focused performance at your highest level in all scheduled rehearsals and performances, contributing to the growth of the ensemble.
  2. Individual practice on parts between rehearsals, progressing toward mastery at your highest level.
  3. Demonstration of musical and technical progress and achievement on individual parts in rehearsals, performances, and individual sessions.
  4. Demonstration of knowledge of various musical styles studied and appropriate technical approaches for each through rehearsals
  5. Demonstration of understanding of correct rehearsal techniques and protocols.
  6. Listening to repertoire in rehearsal or outside, when assigned.
Textbook: No text is required; all music is supplied on loan by the department.

Grading: Course grades are based on ongoing assessment of the above course expectations during rehearsals and possible individual performance sessions.

  • 60% – Performance: ongoing assessment of the above performance expectations within rehearsals. Ensemble conductors are constantly making assessments of players’ performance. Based on rehearsal and individual assessments, students will be informed of their standing on the performance aspect during the semester.
  • 40% – Attendance: See below also. For each unexcused absence = 10 points off.

Attendance policy

Because the course is based on performance participation and meets only once a week, attendance is vital.

  • You are expected to attend, ontime (early) every rehearsal and performance, staying for the entire rehearsal.
  • If you need to be absent, you are expected to notify the conductor before the absence, no later than 6:30 pm.
  • One unexcused absence is allowed. More unexcused absences will lower your grade. See below.

Excused absences will follow university policy, available at:

(Attendance Regulation (REG02.20.3).

You are allowed one unexcused absence, then each subsequent unexcused absence will result in 10 percentage points being deducted from your final grade. An unexcused absence from a performance will result in an F for the semester. Attendance will be taken by sign-in sheet, and it is the students’ responsibility to make sure that he/she checks the sheet at each rehearsal.

Overall Grading Scale

Incompletes: As it is not possible to make up ensemble work, incomplete grades will not be given.

Academic Integrity: Ensemble courses adhere to the university’s policy on academic integrity, found at Code of Student Conduct Policy ( POL11.35.1)

Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. For more information on NC State’s policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG02.20.1), available at:

Trips: Students may be asked to provide individual transportation to an off-campus local performance.

Attendance Notification policy: If you are going to be absent or late for any reason, you must notify the conductor before 6 pm, either by phone or email, explaining the situation. Except in an emergency, failure to call ahead will result in an unexcused absence. If we need to see a written excuse for illness, you will be notified.

Raleigh Civic Symphony: Email Dr. Peter Askim  or call (919) 515-8279 to leave a message.
Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra: Email Dr. Peter Askim or call (919) 515-8279 to leave a message.

Messages will be checked at 6:00. If you know of an upcoming absence, email rather than tell the conductor in person at rehearsal.

Listening: You are required to listen to all of the pieces being rehearsed early in the semester. These will be available through the orchestra website: under the “for players” section. The username and password will be distributed in rehearsal.

Sheet music policy: Music folders and parts are signed out to each player at the beginning of the semester and are due back at the final concert or last class meeting. Lost music will be assessed a fine of $25.

A+ grade option: (In addition to the above requirements for earning an A): Write a three-page research essay on the orchestra repertoire for this semester. Focus on biographical or historical details, and document your sources. All sources must be scholarly publications – take particular care with web sites! And of course, do not replicate the concert program notes. Deadline: last day of classes. Submissions may be by email attachment (Word document) or hardcopy.

Lockers: Instrument lockers are available from the music office for students enrolled in an ensemble.

Extra Expenses: Men: if you check out a tux from the music department, there will be a charge

End-of-semester: All school-owned instruments, uniforms, concert dress, and lockers must be turned in by the final day of classes. Failure to do so will result in a departmental $50 late charge per item and registration hold.

Concert Dress: Required of all players. Women: Black dress or pants, black dress shoes. Men: Tux, dress shirt: either black (with or without black tie) or white shirt (with black tie), black dress shoes. Tuxes for male students are available from the music department office. You should get your tux early in the semester. There is a small charge, and all tuxes must be returned by the last day of classes.