There is no audition to be accepted into Summer Strings. As long as space is available, all students who apply and meet qualifications are accepted. Students will, however, audition for placement in one of six orchestras. Live auditions will be held on the Saturday and Sunday before camp begins. The orchestra placement results will be posted the morning of the first day of camp.
Audition Music – The audition music consists of excerpts from the music that the orchestras will be playing during camp. It will be sent to registered participants in June.
Audition Process – You must play two excerpts of your choice. The audition process is a very informal one. The judges will not have their backs turned and may ask you some questions such as how long you have been playing your instrument. The audition panel may also ask you to play all or part of a specific excerpt just to help them determine which orchestra is best for you. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ACCURATELY AND MUSICALLY PERFORM THE LAST TWO EXCERPTS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PLACEMENT IN THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
Audition Number – Everyone will be assigned an audition number which will be noted in the registration packet that will be sent to all registered students in June. (Example: VNA001 is Violin No. 1 for Audition Panel A, VNB001 is Violin No. 1 for Audition Panel B, VA001 is Viola No. 1, C001 is Cello No. 1 and B01 is Bass No. 1.) The numbers will be assigned in the order that applications are received.
Violin Auditions – There will be three violin audition panels. Students will be assigned to a panel based on their grade level.
Saturday Auditions – Violins, Violas and Cellos will be given the opportunity to audition on the Saturday before camp begins by requesting a specific time between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Sunday Auditions – Students will audition in the order of their assigned Audition Numbers beginning after the conclusion of the Camp Meeting.
EACH SECTION IN EACH ORCHESTRA WILL RE-AUDITION ON THE THURSDAY MORNING OF CAMP FOR NEW CONCERT CHAIR PLACEMENT.
Audition music is currently available here.
Two excerpts will be recommended for each orchestra; however, you should play the two excerpts that you can perform the best. You must be able to accurately and musically perform the last two excerpts to be considered for placement in the Symphony Orchestra.