Orchestra Interest

I’m a rising senior that’s interested in participating in the college orchestra, so I’ve particularly have been looking at colleges that have a strong orchestral program. I’m a violin players and rank pretty highly at the state level. I’m also planning to send in recordings as a supplement. Do you think that it will help me if I email the orchestra director to indicatae my interest in their program? I don’t know if this has ever been done before, so I’m not sure if it seems weird in any way.