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   AUDITIONS FOR 2015 PROGRAMS GENERAL INFORMATION To ensure that all applicants are assessed in a fair and equitable manner, the Australian Youth Orchestra tours panels of instrumental auditioners around Australia. These panels assess both the live and recorded auditions for strings, woodwind, brass, percussion and timpani. Recorded Harp and Piano auditions will also be assessed by relevant instrumental auditioners. The auditioners are highly experienced instrumentalists, musicians, teachers and professionals from the music industry. They are skilled in the assessment of instrumental auditions, and will accurately assess your performance on the day of your audition. The results of your audition are completely confidential and will not be discussed outside AYO, nor will they be made available to any other organisation. ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS A set of orchestral excerpts is included for you to prepare. These are in varying styles and degrees of difficulty. Please check that you prepare all excerpts required for the programs you are applying for. To prepare the excerpts to the best of your ability, take time to find out some background about each work. It is important to listen to a recording of the orchestral work from which the excerpt has been taken. Not only will this make it more interesting for you when preparing the excerpt, but it will assist you in understanding the style in which it is usually performed. If you do not have access to a music library, the online iTunes store supplies a comprehensive archive of recordings at minimal cost. Excerpts are very important in the audition process. Whilst they may not seem as interesting to you as your own choice piece, your performance of the excerpts helps the panel understand your approach to music-making generally, and assess your knowledge of orchestral repertoire. Look carefully at all the tempo, dynamic and articulation markings, and consider them when you are preparing each excerpt.  Aim for accuracy, beauty of sound, precise rhythm, and good intonation. Don’t forget to seek the guidance of your teacher. The excerpts are of varying difficulty. Please do your best to prepare all the excerpts. Less experienced or younger players should not be disheartened by a difficult excerpt - play it slower if necessary. The auditioners will take into consideration the relative age and ability of each candidate when approaching the excerpts. Simply by completing the audition, you will qualify for the opportunity to participate in an AYO program, so do not be discouraged and start practicing! Do not be concerned if the panel chooses not to hear all the excerpts. Any metronome markings are provided only as an indication.  PIECE OF YOUR OWN CHOICE All applicants (except percussion/timpani) are required to perform a short piece of their choice, without an accompanist. It is recommended that candidates choose a work, or movement of a work, which they know well and addresses the following points:    No more than 5 minutes in length    Clearly demonstrates your technical proficiency    Emphasises your musicianship    Presents contrasting musical material Applicants are not required to present complete works - a carefully selected passage of a longer piece is acceptable. Due to time constraints, the auditioners may elect to hear only part of the candidate’s piece. Applicants are strongly advised to check the selection of their piece with their teacher. PIANO APPLICANTS Pianists applying are required to prepare and record a short work of your own choice of not more than 5 minutes in duration. You are also required to perform set works, copies of which are enclosed. Please see the Recorded Auditions sheet for further information. HARP APPLICANTS Harpists applying are required to prepare and record a short work of your own choice of not more than 5 minutes in duration. You are also required to perform set works, copies of which are enclosed. Please see the Recorded Auditions sheet for further information. DOUBLING INSTRUMENTS Wind instrument applicants are strongly encouraged to also audition on their respective doubling instruments; Piccolo, Cor Anglais, Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Contrabassoon. AYO needs to be aware of your ability to double on these instruments so as to be better equipped to roster the orchestra more effectively within each section. ALL APPLICANTS Further details and an audition time will be emailed to you by Monday 30 June 2014 . If you are unavailable to audition on your allocated date or time for a compelling reason, or if you do not receive your excerpts and audition time, please contact Michelle Zarb at AYO immediately on 02 9252 3855 or 1300 668 500. Please note that it will not be possible to change your audition time once it has been assigned, except in extreme circumstances and usually only on medical grounds.  AUDITION PROCEDURE The Australian Youth Orchestra receives many calls from prospective applicants and their teachers seeking information about our audition procedure. We hope the following timeline will assist you in understanding the sequence of events that comprise our annual audition program, and the selection of applicants to participate in AYO programs. 1.   Audition panels and dates are established prior to publication and distribution of the annual booklet. 2.   Orchestral excerpts are selected by specialists in each instrument. 3.   Applications open on Monday 26 May 2014. Applications are received. Orchestral excerpts and further information are available once payment of the application fee is approved. 4.   Applications period closes on Friday 13 June 2014. Auditions are scheduled. Information regarding time and location of each audition is issued to each applicant by Monday 30 June 2014. 5.   Live auditions are held across Australia and recorded auditions are viewed by the panels. 6.   Audition panels return results to the AYO office and individual results are recorded. 7.   Results are checked for accuracy of entry and any anomalies, eg. age limits. 8.   Offers depend on the needs of each individual AYO program, in particular the repertoire requirements of that program. On this basis first round offers are decided. All results (successful, reserve, and unsuccessful) will be emailed by 7 October 2014. 9.   Applicants must return acceptances of first round offers and payment of relevant fees by 17 October 2014. 10.   Based on responses to the first round offers, a second round of offers may be made. Chosen reserves will be advised by 3 November 2014. 11.   Further offers (third round) may be made in some cases where an applicant is not able to participate.    AUDITION EXCERPTS   For 2015 AYO Programs Percussion Please prepare the whole of each excerpt provided. The auditioners may choose to hear only some of the excerpts. All applicants need to prepare Excerpts 1  –  4. If you are applying for AYO or TSO Fellowship please ALSO  prepare Excerpts 5 & 6. 1.   SUPPE La Dame de Pique   2.   STRAVINSKY Les Noces   3.   RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio Espagnole   4.   STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1911)  5.   TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty   6.   DEBUSSY Images No. 2   
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