Audition Information

Spring 2018 Auditions (strings/woodwinds/brass)

Remember to read our FAQ, as well as this entire page, before registering. You can learn more about our various orchestras and their corresponding levels through our videos posted on the specific orchestra pages on this website. Specific audition requirements for each orchestra are located on this page (scroll down). We are happy to answer any questions you may have about openings and availability by contacting us here. Audition fees are non-refundable.

Deadline to register online is 4/5/2018.

Most applicants will follow a similar audition process of scales, etude, excerpt and sight-reading (winds are an exception, see below).  If you do not make your desired group, you will be considered for another orchestra; however, we may require an additional audition. Space is limited and we highly recommend that you look at the required excerpts closely to determine your best potential fit.

 

Audition Times

4/12/18 (6-9PM)                Concert Strings/Junior Strings/String Explorers (all instruments)

4/14/18 (9AM-4PM)           All Groups and Instruments

4/19/18 (6-9PM)                Symphony/Philharmonic/Concert Strings (violins)

4/21/18 (9AM-4PM)          Symphony/Philharmonic/Concert Strings (other instruments besides violin)

If you absolutely cannot make these times, please let us know as soon as possible and we may be able to arrange something for you.

Rehearsals

All of our ensembles (with the exception of the Chamber Group) rehearse on Sunday afternoons at:

420 Maplelawn Drive
Plano, TX 75075

The rehearsal times for each group are as below:

  • String Explorers (SE): 5:00-6:30PM
  • Junior Strings (JS): 2:00-3:30PM
  • Concert Strings (CS): 5:00-6:45PM
  • Philharmonic Orchestra (PO): 3:30- 5:30PM
  • Symphony Orchestra (SO): 6:00-8:30PM

Our Chamber Group rehearses on Saturday afternoons from 1-2PM @ the same location above. Chamber Group auditions are held separately in the fall of each year.

As a reminder, applicants should be in their school orchestra or band programs unless they are unavailable.

 

Audition Preparation

♬ Accompanist Is Not Required

♬ Memorization of Music Is Not Required

♬ Professional Attire is Encouraged

♬ Please print out and bring your excerpts, if any. No excerpts will be provided on site at the audition.

♬ For detailed requirements, please look at your specific orchestra below.

 

String Explorers

  • Sight-Reading provided on audition day

 

Junior Strings

  • Sight-Reading provided on audition day

 

Concert Strings / Philharmonic Orchestra / Symphony Orchestra

String Applicants for Concert Strings, Philharmonic and Symphony* should prepare the following:

Scales

  • Violin – Bb Major, D Major *3 Octaves preferred.
  • Viola – F Major, D Major *3 Octaves preferred.
  • Cello – F Major, D Major *3 Octaves preferred.
  • Bass – G Major, F Major *2 Octaves preferred.
  • Etude: Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass
  • Sight-Reading provided on audition day

*Symphony Orchestra string applicants also need to prepare the following in addition to the above requirements (you must prepare the following if you wish to be considered for Symphony)

  • Symphony Orchestra Scales: Be prepared to play a scale up to 5 flats/5 sharps
  • Symphony Orchestra Excerpts: Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

Philharmonic Orchestra/Symphony Orchestra

Wind Applicants for Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra should prepare the following:

  • Scales: Winds – Be prepared to play up to 5 sharps/5 flats. Some 2 or 3 octave scales may be requested during audition.
  • Solo of your choice
  • Sight-Reading provided on audition day