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  • Application to the ONLINE | 2020 New York String Orchestra Seminar

    2020 New York String Orchestra Seminar Program Information

    Conductor Jaime Laredo invites classically trained student musicians 16 to 23 years old to submit applications and recorded auditions to be considered for the 52nd annual New York String Orchestra Seminar (NYSOS).

    For more than 50 years, the NYSOS has opened new musical worlds to some of the country’s most talented student musicians. Conductor/violinist Jaime Laredo and top artists in the chamber music, orchestral, and solo fields have offered insights and inspired participants to bring the individual commitment of chamber music into orchestra playing and personal expressiveness to chamber music. Past faculty has included members of such ensembles as the Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Orion String quartets and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio; concertmasters and principals of major orchestras; and faculty from leading American music schools and conservatories. Faculty for 2020 will be announced shortly.

    The 2020 New York String Orchestra Seminar will be entirely remote, with all sessions taking place online.

    There is no application or participation fee for the 2020 NYSOS.

    Those accepted will:

    • Explore masterworks of the orchestral repertoire with conductor Laredo and guest master artists (TBA), including celebrated soloists, principal musicians, and seminar alumni

    • Participate in five chamber music workshops, each with a different master artist, to receive multiple perspectives

    • Take part in intimate mentoring sessions with faculty and alumni from all parts of the music world, injury avoidance workshops, and social activities with other outstanding student musicians from across the nation


    Application and Deadline Information

    Applications and audition audio files are reviewed on a rolling basis and must be received by Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 11:59 PM (ET).

    The application will open on September 14, 2020.

    All students will be notified by email of their audition results no later than Monday, November 16, 2020.

    Due to current restrictions and safety precautions, the remote seminar will take place online December 19-23, 2020. We recognize that students will have spent a great deal of time already by December, so we are reducing the program from the usual ten days to five days and are also reducing the number of participants, to ensure that each student receives the individual attention an online program requires. We are sorry that we will not be able to include trumpet players or timpanists this year but look forward to welcoming all players again next year.

    The two-year-maximum-participation rule is modified for 2020. Those who have already participated twice are ineligible, but this year will not count as a second year of participation for those who have participated only once.

    Qualifications

    • You are at least 16 and no older than 23 years of age at the time of the seminar (December 19, 2020).
    • You are a technically proficient musician with experience playing in an ensemble or orchestra.
    • You have participated in the program no more than once already.

    Video Audition Repertoire

    • Your video audition must be no longer than 15 minutes and no larger than 500MB.
    • It must be played in repertoire list order, without stopping or editing.
    • Accompaniment is not required but is allowed.
    • Depending on the length of the works you select, you may opt to play movements rather than entire works or even an excerpted section of a movement.

    Application Is Open and Accessible on SlideRoom


    Required Video Audition Repertoire

    The audition video must be no longer than 15 minutes and no larger than 500 MB.

    You must play the video audition repertoire in the order listed below, without stopping or editing.

    Violin - one video of all the works below, played in the order listed without stopping or editing

    Viola - one video of all the works below, played in the order listed without stopping or editing

    • Exposition of the first movement of a major concerto of your choice
    • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, first page of the scherzo (Beginning - Letter D)
    • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
      • Movement I. Opening – m. 27; mm. 334 – 347
      • Movement III. Opening – m. 35; mm. 73 – 93
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"
      • Movement I. m. 19 – Letter D; mm. 130 – 142; m. 161 (allegro vivo) to 2nd of K
      • Movement II. m. 17 – Letter A
      • Movement III. 1 bar before Letter B to 7 after Letter C; m. 46 to 3 after Letter H; m. 214 to Letter Bb; Letter Kk to end
      • Movement IV. Letter E to m. 82

    Cello - one video of all the works below, played in the order listed without stopping or editing

    • Exposition of the first movement of a major concerto of choice
    • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, first page of the scherzo (Beginning - Letter D)
    • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
      • Movement I. Opening – m. 41; mm. 334 – 347; mm. 451 – 460; mm. 495 – 525
      • Movement III. mm. 59 – 82
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"
      • Movement I. 3 before Letter A to m. 69; m. 89 to m. 101
      • Movement II. Opening to m. 32
      • Movement III. m. 40 to Letter M; Letter X to Letter Y; Letter Gg to end
      • Movement IV. mm. 55 – 81; 1 before Letter G to Letter I

    Bass - one video of all the works below, played in the order listed without stopping or editing

    • One movement of your choice from any Suite for Solo Cello by J. S. Bach
    • One movement from a contrasting solo work of your choice
    • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
      • Movement I. mm. 6 – 57; mm. 336 – 363
      • Movement III. mm. 191 – 221
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"
      • Movement I. mm. 58 – 67; mm. 174 – 187
      • Movement III. mm. 72 – 96
    • Mozart: Symphony No. 40
      • Movement I: mm. 114 – 138

    Flute - note flute applicants may choose to edit a previous performance of their solo works onto the beginning of all of the excerpts that must be played through without editing or stopping

    • A work by J.S. Bach of your choice
      • A contrasting solo work of your choice
        • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, scherzo (solo at the end)
        • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
              • Movement I. mm. 363 – 399; skip the long rest
              • Movement III. mm. 9 – 37
            • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”
              • Movement I. mm. 23 – 28, mm. 101 – 108
              • Movement III. mm. 322 – end
              • Movement IV. Beginning – m. 18

            Oboe  - one video of all the works below, played in the order listed without stopping or editing

            • A work by J.S. Bach of your choice
              • A contrasting solo work of your choice
              • Rossini: La scala di seta overture, andantino solo (m. 5 – No. 1); allegro solo (pickup to No. 2 – No. 3)
                • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
                  • Movement I. mm. 9 – 67, mm. 198 – 206, mm. 535 – 547
                    • Movement II. Opening – 32 (solo)
                    • Movement III. mm. 273 – 310
                  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"
                    • Movement II: mm. 9-48 (no repeat)

                        Clarinet - one video of all the works below, played in the order listed without stopping or editing

                        • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto Movement II (Opening – m. 54)
                        • Contrasting solo of your choice
                          • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, scherzo (first page)
                            • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”
                                • Movement I. 5th measure of B - 7th measure of C, 8th measure of G - 15th measure of G, 3rd measure of I - 2nd measure of K, T - first measure of andante mosso
                                • Movement III. 2 before H – I

                                Bassoon - one video of all the works below, played in the order listed without stopping or editing

                                • Mozart: Concerto for Bassoon K. 191: Movement I exposition and Movement II exposition
                                • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro, overture, m. 139 – 171
                                • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”
                                  • Movement I. mm. 1 – 12
                                • Ravel: Bolero: bassoon solo
                                • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring: Opening to Reh. 13

                                Horn - one video of all the works below, played in the order listed without stopping or editing

                                • Mozart: Choose either the Horn Concerto No. 2 or Horn Concerto No. 4. Prepare the exposition from both Movement 1 and Movement 2 (Concert No. 2 Mvt 2 beginning - m. 52; Concert No. 4 Mvt 2 beginning - m. 46)
                                • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, opening calls
                                • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Op. 64
                                  • Movement II. mm. 9 – 28
                                • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, opening
                                • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, low tutti
                                • Wagner: Siegfried, short call

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