ORCHESTRA

UPDATED AUDITION FORMAT EXPECTATIONS

AUDITION LOGISTICS: 

  • Date: Monday, February 15th

  • Time: Register for your preferred time; available first come first serve

  • Day of Audition:

    • Secure a quiet and uninterrupted space for your Zoom audition.

    • Set up your environment and technology in advance.

    • Sign into your Zoom a few minutes before your assigned time.


AUDITION SPECIFICS:

(PLEASE NOTE THIS MAJOR REQUIRES SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS BY FEB. 8TH.)


Audition Expectations 

  • Must perform a prepared solo that best demonstrates the student’s ability and talent level. Music must be published and available for purchase (either online or from a music store). Music from the UIL Prescribed Music List (Class I, II, or III), TMEA Etudes, or similar literature is preferred. Popular music/solos are not recommended. Memorization is not required. 

  • Student must submit a scanned copy of their sheet music with their audition video. 


Virtual Audition Description 

Students will be required to submit a recorded video audition this year. For this video audition, students should film themselves, so their body and instruments are fully in frame. This will help the directors to better evaluate posture and instrument set up. The student should record themselves in a quiet room against a bare wall if possible. We recommend having a parent or sibling help set up the recording device and monitor the recording. The video recording should be recorded on the highest quality video capable device that the student has access to.  However, directors will judge solely on performance and not audio quality.  


Once recording begins, student should clearly state out loud their name, their instrument, and the title of their piece. Student should then perform their piece in one take without stopping and to the best of their ability. You can re-record as many times as you like, but you may only submit one performance for evaluation. 

Video recordings should NOT be edited aside from cutting dead time before and after the performance. Recordings and one scanned copy of the student’s solo should be uploaded to the following link of our Google file: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LfQJ7nu0rSv-G-9_wNvb7fcHokGkUvc0?usp=sharing.


Be sure to upload to the folder of your instrument.  When naming the files, please include the student's name and title of the piece. All recordings should be submitted by February 8th.

All students who submit an audition video will also register for an interview time on Monday, February 15th. The interview will be done over Zoom between the student and the two orchestra directors. The interview should not last longer than 5 minutes. 

For more information, please contact:  Erika Elder, Director of Orchestra at erika.elder@austinisd.org or Ricky Pringle, Director of Orchestra at ricky.pringle@austinisd.org.

 

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