What to expect at your audition
An audition is your chance to show off your playing ability. It should demonstrate to those listening that you can play you instrument with technical and musical skill. To do this, you should prepare the following for your audition:
- A solo piece. This should be a piece that you know well or have been practicing for a while; not your newest piece that you are learning. Remember, you want to show off the skills you have developed on your instrument.
- A scale. Your scale may be one, two, or three octaves and in a key of your choosing. When you prepare your scale you should focus on playing with a full tone, good intonation, and steady rhythm.
- Sight reading. You may be asked to sight read some music during your audition. Before you start to play through the music, remember to check the time and key signature; scan the excerpt to note any accidentals or changes that may happen in the music; and decide on a tempo that will allow you to play with a steady rhythm.
On the day of your audition, arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your scheduled time. This will allow you time to set up, tune, and warm up on your instrument. When it is your turn, one of our audition helpers will accompany you to the room where the auditions are being heard. After you have finished playing, you are free to go! Decisions on ensemble placement will be announced 1-3 days following the end of auditions.
If you have questions about your audition or the audition process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org