Auditions

All new and returning students who wish to be considered for placement in the Junior, Senior or Camerata Orchestras must audition.  Auditions take about five minutes each, and consist of each student playing part of a prepared piece, scales and sight reading.  Cadet Orchestra students do not audition.

Auditions for the 2018-19 year will be held on Tuesday, September 4th.  Students who have completed and paid their registration fee and made arrangements for tuition payment have first priority.  For students applying mid-season, auditions are scheduled upon registration. 

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Conductors and Artistic Faculty conduct all auditions and determine placement into the Junior, Senior or Camerata Orchestra, and also seating within the designated orchestra.  Please note that initial seating assignments will be adjusted during the season to ensure appropriate placement for each child’s skill level and his/her developmental needs.

Once you have registered your student, please contact office@ggph.org to set up an audition.

Junior Orchestra Auditions:

  • In addition to your prepared piece, be prepared to play a two-octave scale of your choice. You will also be asked to sight-read a short selection.

Senior Orchestra Auditions:

  • In addition to your prepared piece:
    • Violins/violas/cellos should be prepared to play two, 3-octave scales of your choice: one in a major key, and one in a melodic minor or harmonic minor key.  You will also be asked to sight-read a short selection.
    • Basses should be prepared to play two, 2-octave scales of your choice: one in a major key, and one in a melodic minor or harmonic minor key.  You will also be asked to sight-read a short selection.

Camerata Orchestra Auditions:

  • In addition to your prepared piece:
    • Violins, violas and basses should be prepared to play two, 3-octave scales of your choice: one in a major key, and one in a melodic minor or harmonic minor key.  You will also be asked to sight-read a short selection.
    • Cellos should be prepared to play two, 4-octave scales of your choice: two in a major key, and two in a melodic minor or harmonic minor key.  You will also be asked to sight-read a short selection.

Students’ pieces are prepared preferably with their private teacher and demonstrates their playing ability.  Students may not be able to play through their entire prepared piece.  Sight-reading will be determined by the faculty and will be appropriate to the level of orchestra for which student is auditioning.