Frequently Asked Questions About Auditions

Q. What group should my child audition for given his/her level of experience?

A. Musicians do not audition for a specific group, but rather they audition in front of judges who will decide to offer the auditioner a spot in a group that is appropriate for him/her based on the audition.

Q. How do I schedule my audition?

A. Due to COVID-19, auditions for the 2020-2021 season will be held via video submission. Be sure to submit both an audition video AND an Audition Application Form.

Q. What should my child prepare for his/her audition?

A. Instructions on what to prepare as well as all of the excerpts for each instrument can be found on the Audition Music page. New excerpts for the upcoming season are always posted April 1st.

Q. Which excerpts should my musician prepare?

A. Choose excerpts that your musician can play the best. The judges want to hear how well you perform a piece. Choosing a piece that is too difficult for your musician to perform well is not impressive. Scales and sight reading are just as important as the excerpts, so practice these items frequently.

Q. Which version of minor scale should my musician prepare for his/her audition?

A. Natural, harmonic, or melodic are all acceptable!

Q. What should my child wear for his/her audition video?

There is no dress code for auditions, but it is always a good idea for musicians of all ages to present themselves professionally for any gig or audition, just as one would for a job interview!

Q. When will we hear about the results of my child's audition? How will we be notified?

Our administrative staff will begin processing the results provided by the judges during the week following auditions, so you can expect to receive notification within 1-2 weeks of your audition. Notifications are sent to all e-mail addresses listed on the Audition Application Form, so please write legibly if you filled one out by hand!