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. New this year, we will be utilizing an online signup system for auditions! The links to the signups will be available from the Auditions page as of April 1st, 2019. After you have scheduled an audition you may complete the online Audition Application Form.
Q. We will be out of town during the May auditions. Can my child still audition?
A. You may submit an absentee audition after notifying the office that you intend to do so. We also hold auditions in September but only for open spots. Click here to learn more about absentee auditions.
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?
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. Should we arrive early for my child's audition?
Please arrive no less than 20 minutes ahead of your scheduled time. This will give your musician sufficient time to complete any unfinished paperwork and get warmed up. Once your musician goes in for his/her audition it will last only 6-8 minutes.
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. You can expect to receive notification later that week or early the week after. 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!