2011 New York String Orchestra Seminar Audition

"I participated in the program in college and it changed my life.... These kids are the best musicians in the country, and the program led by Jaime Laredo is a true gem."

Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; NYSOS participant, 1998 and 1999

The live audition repertoire includes excerpts from the 2014 seminar repertoire: Mozart's Overture to The Impresario, Symphony No. 39, and Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, K. 314, Barber's Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale).

Application to the New York String Orchestra Seminar is a two-step process:

  1. Submission of application and recorded audition by the deadline, Thursday, October 2, 2014
  2. Live audition, scheduled for mid-October through early November

Twenty-four violinists, ten violists, eight cellists, five bassists, two flutists, two oboists, two clarinetists, two bassoonists, two horn players, two trumpet players, and one timpanist will be invited to the 2014 New York String Orchestra Seminar.

There is no fee to apply or attend. Every accepted student receives free tuition, housing, meals, and local transportation (total value more than $3,500). Participants pay only their travel costs to and from New York City.

Important Application and Deadline Information

Applications and audition audio files must be received by October 2, 2014.

Qualifications

  • You are at least 16 and no older than 23 years of age at the time of the seminar (December 2013).
  • You are a technically proficient musician with experience playing in an ensemble or orchestra.
  • You have not participated more than once before in the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

Terms of Auditions

  • To be considered for admission, you must pass both a recorded and a live audition. Repertoire requirements for live auditions differ from requirements for recorded auditions.
  • You must pass the recorded audition before you will be scheduled for a live audition. (Exception: Previous participants and designated alternates are exempted from the recorded audition. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, call the office at 212.229.5873.) Please note: The recorded audition is not simply a pre-screening. It is your first audition. Please prepare with as much care as you would for a live audition.
  • Those who pass the recorded audition will be contacted to confirm a live audition time. You must pass a live audition to be considered for participation; there are no exceptions.

Recorded Audition Repertoire

Your application recording must be between 10 and 15 minutes long, submitted as an mp3 upload with your online application.

Depending on the length of the works you select, you may opt to play movements rather than entire works.

Remember, the live audition repertoire is different from the recorded audition repertoire. We strongly recommend that you begin preparing your live audition as soon as you have submitted your application and recorded audition.

2014 Recorded Audition Repertoire

Violin, Viola, and Cello Players*

  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, first page of the scherzo (Violin - 7 measures after Letter D;  Viola and Cello - to Letter D)
  • A work by Bach of your choice
  • A contrasting work of your choice

Bass Players*

  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, first movement, mm. 41–downbeat of 90
  • A work by Bach of your choice
  • A contrasting work of your choice

Flute Players*

  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, scherzo (solo at the end)
  • A work by Bach of your choice
  • A contrasting work of your choice

Oboe Players*

  • Brahms: Violin Concerto, second movement solo
  • Rossini: La scala di seta, allegro
  • A work by Bach of your choice
  • A contrasting solo work of your choice

Clarinet Players*

  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, scherzo (Clarinet I, first page)
  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto, play exposition of the first movement and the exposition of the second movement
  • A contrasting solo work of your choice

Bassoon Players*

  • Mozart:The Marriage of Figaro, overture, m. 139-171
  • A movement from a concerto or sonata of your choice
  • A movement from a contrasting concerto or sonata of your choice

Horn Players*

  • Choose either Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 2 or Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4. Play both the exposition of the first movement and the exposition of the second movement.

Trumpet Players

  • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto, first movement, exposition and development
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, opening
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka, ballerina solo
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5, opening
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome, offstage solo
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)
    • Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute movement
      • m. 197- 204

*A movement of a work is acceptable if the work is lengthy.

Timpanists

Note to timpanists: You are the only players who do not audition live. Therefore, you should take particular care with your recorded audition, which must be unedited.

Play the following excerpts in the order listed, without stopping the recording between pieces:

  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39, first movement, introduction (minimize bars of rest)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 41, fourth movement, bar 388 to the end (count bars of rest)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, third movement into the fourth movement, Letter C to 22 bars of fourth
  • Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, fourth movement
  • Martin: Concerto for 7 Winds, Timpani, Percussion and Strings, third movement solo through 7 bars of 2/2 time change
  • Sibelius: Finlandia, six before Letter F through Letter I, with no repeat at Letter H
  • Barber: Violin Concerto, third movement, opening 4 bars

Live Audition Repertoire Requirements

Applicants who pass the recorded audition will receive an invitation and instructions for a live audition. We strongly encourage an early response, as the audition time slots are often filled before the final deadline. Only applicants who audition in person are considered for participation in the seminar.

Repertoire requirements for live auditions differ from requirements for recorded auditions. The New York String Orchestra Seminar is an orchestral program. The deciding factor in selection of participants in the program is often the care taken in preparing the orchestral excerpts for the live audition. We strongly recommend that you begin practicing as early as possible rather than waiting to receive your scheduled audition time.

2014 Live Audition Tour Dates and Locations

  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014: Chicago, Illinois (strings, winds, and brass)

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014: Cleveland, Ohio (strings only)

    Thursday, October 30, 2014: Cleveland, Ohio (winds and brass)

    Friday, October 31, 2014: Rochester, New York (strings, winds, and brass)

    Saturday, November 1, 2014: New York City, New York (strings only)

    Sunday, November 2, 2014: New York City, New York (winds only)

    Monday, November 3, 2014: New York City, New York (brass only)

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014: Los Angeles, California (strings, winds, brass)

    Thursday, November 6, 2014: Houston, Texas (strings only)

    Friday, November 7, 2014: Boston, Massachusetts (strings only)

    Saturday, November 8, 2014: New York City, New York (strings only)

    Sunday, November 9, 2014: New York City, New York (strings only)

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