Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

Auditions

Click here to download 2017 GBYO Audition form

All instruments welcome!  For more information, email gbyo@gbyo.org.

Audition schedule for 2017-18 season:

New Student Auditions: June 14, 2017. 3 pm – 9 pm @ Tomlinson MS, 200 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield.

New & Returning Student Auditions: Saturday, August 26. 9 am – 4 pm, VIOLINS ONLY.

Monday, August 28 – Thursday, August 31. 3 pm – 9 pm, All Instruments.

Registration is required. New students will be assigned June audition unless otherwise requested.

Click here to download 2017 GBYO Audition form

FILL OUT AND SEND IN YOUR AUDITION FORM WITH $20 AUDITION FEE TO RESERVE AN AUDITION TIME!

Fast & simple: You can now pay by PayPal and email the form to gbyo@gbyo.org!

Click on the PayPal link to pay your $20 audition fee or send a check to PO Box 645, Fairfield, CT 06824.




 

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Audition Information:

The auditions are 6-8 minutes long (10-12 minutes for percussionists). Each student should prepare a piece that demonstrates his/her proficiency on the instrument. Sight reading and scales are also included in the audition. Percussionists should include snare, timpani, and mallet selections.

There is a nonrefundable $20 audition fee to secure an audition appointment. Click here to download 2017 GBYO Audition form.

All current musicians are required to re-audition each year. Members are selected and seated by ability rather than age or grade.

Audition Dress Code: Business Casual: no jeans, shorts sneakers or flip-flops. Dress for success and respect.

Parents/teachers/friends are not allowed in the audition area, but may wait in a designated waiting area.

Audition Recommendations:

We want you to feel relaxed and perform at your best, so we encourage you to review the following requirements and recommendations:

1. Scales.

String players: Entry level string players must be able to play one-octave scales in the keys of C, G, D and F. Two to three-octave major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats may be asked of all other string players.

Woodwind and brass players: Entry level players must be able to play one-octave scales in concert keys up to 4 sharps and 4 flats. All other students may be asked to play two-octave scales in concert keys up to 4 sharps and 4 flats through their range.

2. Choose a solo you can play well. Have it well-prepared.

The adjudicator is not interested in when you started learning the solo; s/he will judge you on how well you play it. Choose a solo that shows off your ability. It should not be too easy, but if it is beyond your ability, it will hurt your audition score. Recognize that you will probably not perform your entire solo piece as audition time is limited. If the adjudicator asks you to stop, it is because s/he has heard what is needed.

3. Sight reading is a part of each audition.

Practice sight reading with your teacher at each lesson.

4. Be early for your audition,

So that you can complete any necessary paperwork, warm up and be ready to do your best. We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time.

Placement:

GBYO bases placement on an objective scoring process that measures scales, intonation, tone quality, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, phrasing, expression and technique on the instrument. The suggestions above serve only as guidelines. Eligibility for each orchestra/wind ensemble is ultimately determined by the student’s over all ability level and the adjudicators’ judgment as to where the student will have the best possible experience.

Audition Videos:

Below are the first of the consecutive segments of Mr. Hisey’s audition seminar. Because YouTube has a 10-minute limit per video, the seminar must be viewed in multiple sections.

#1 Who hears the auditions?

#2 First Impressions are KEY

#3 Ready to Audition – Scales

#4 Ready to Audition – Your Solo, Part I