21S Orchestra Strings Auditions
Submission Deadline: January 13, 2021 at 11:59pm
The information below is ONLY for 21S ensemble orchestra strings audition under safety, health and social distancing rules.
Spring 2021 orchestra is offered as (strings only) chamber groups. Audition for the Spring 2021 semester will be held through Video Submission.
Online participation form will be open on January 7, 2021, and all students must fill out the form and submit your video materials by Wednesday January 13, 2021 at 11:59pm.
Audition results will be emailed to you by the end of Sunday January 17, 2021. The number of admitted students will be based on the audition results AND the number of students each classroom can accommodate as approved by GT.
The first class meeting is on Wednesday January 20, 2021. More information will be sent to you with the audition results.
Student can choose to audition for either:
- MUSI 3611 – CO (M/W 9:30-10:45am) – remote class
- MUSI 3611 – SO (M/W 11:00-12:15) – hybrid class
For the hybrid section, you will be expected to attend 3-4 in-person rehearsals throughout the semester.
Please register for the correct ensemble accordingly after the audition. The ensemble placement is final and cannot be appealed. You can NOT audition for both settings as we want to make sure that the most people will have an opportunity to participate under social distancing rules.
Please read the 21S Orchestra FAQ before you contact Professor Chaowen Ting if you have questions about these requirements. All students are encouraged to sign up for the class first and then take the audition.
Click on the link below to download the prepared piece for each instrument.
*If you did NOT participate in orchestra during Fall 2020, you should submit THREE separated videos of prepared excerpts.
*If you participated in orchestra during Fall 2020, you only need to submit ONE video of prepared excerpt
- You only need to play the sections between the brackets.
- You are free to choose any one/three excerpts out of provided ones that best represent your level and ability. Excerpt(s) outside of approved sections will NOT be admitted.
- If you audition for small/string orchestra and are not admitted, you might be assigned to a Chamber Group according to your audition results and scheduling availability.
21S Orchestra String Audition Materials
If you did NOT participate in orchestra during Fall 2020, you should submit THREE separated videos of prepared excerpts.
If you participated in orchestra during Fall 2020, you only need to submit ONE video of prepared excerpt.
- Videos should be unedited and without cut.
- You can upload the videos to any platform of your choice (YouTube, vimeo, google drive, etc.) with no password restriction. You can list your videos as unlisted if you do not want them public. Any video inaccessible for the jury will results in eliminating the student from the audition process.
- Video must show the full person at all times at an angle that clearly and fully demonstrates the position of the instrument and bow.
- Picture must remain stationary without panning, fade-in/out, close-up techniques, or use of multiple cameras.
- At the beginning of your video, please state clearly:
- Your name, major, and year
- The number, title and composer of the excerpt that you will be playing
How to Prepare for the Orchestral Excerpts
First or all, what matters is to show that you can learn a certain passage through practice. At the audition, the most important thing is to play the right notes, with the right rhythm, in a steady tempo with correct articulations in the style of the composer/genre/era.
A few things might be helpful for your preparation:
- All the excerpts are taken from the pieces that we are performing in the following semester. You can find the complete concert schedule here. Listening to the pieces on YouTube or iTune will give you a great idea of tempo, style, etc.
- It’s always better to play everything nice and slow, rather than playing fast but sloppy, or even worse changing the tempo all the time.
- Pay attention to key signatures, key changes (if any), and accidentals.
- Metronome is your best friend when practicing. (If you don’t have one, there are a lot of free apps!) Don’t slow down because there are more notes or because the passage is difficult, and don’t speed up when you have melodies. Keep it steady.
- Once you’ve managed the basic parts—pitch and rhythm, bring it up to the performance tempo. It’s always nice to add the following to your performance: articulation, and the right style.