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 priority, and some violinists who already play in the Camerata Orchestra may have their auditions scheduled on August 28th before Orientation.  For students applying mid-season, auditions are scheduled at time of registration. 

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Conductors and Artistic Faculty judge 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.

Students should come with a solo to play for their audition, preferably prepared with their private teacher and that demonstrates their playing ability.  Students may not be able to play through their entire prepared piece.  

Junior Orchestra Auditions Consist of Three Parts:

  1.  You will be asked to play a prepared solo
  2.  Be prepared to play a one or two octave scale of the student’s choice
  3.  Sight-reading (determined by the faculty) appropriate to the Junior Orchestra level 

Senior Orchestra Auditions Consist of Three Parts:

1. You will be asked to play a prepared solo
2.  Be prepared to play two scales of the student’s choice – one major and one minor (melodic or harmonic). In most cases, faculty will ask the student to perform only one of the scales chosen:
         – Violin/Viola/Cello:  two or three octaves
         – Bass:  two octaves
3.  Sight-reading (determined by the faculty) appropriate to the Senior Orchestra level

Camerata Orchestra Auditions Consist of Three Parts:

1. You will be asked to play a prepared solo
2.  Be prepared to play two scales of the student’s choice – one major and one minor (melodic or harmonic). In most cases, faculty will ask the student to perform only one of the scales chosen:
         – Violin/Viola:  three octaves
         – Cello: three or four octaves
         – Bass: two or three octaves
3.  Sight-reading (determined by the faculty) appropriate to the Camerata Orchestra level