Audition Guidelines

AUDITION GUIDELINES BY ENSEMBLE
Nassau & Suffolk Principal Orchestras:

Applicants should have successfully completed a NYSSMA* level 6 (or equivalent) solo on a string, wind or percussion instrument, and be prepared to audition on a similar solo. Sight-reading selections will be requested from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Nassau Symphony Orchestra:

Applicants should have successfully completed a NYSSMA* level 6 (or equivalent) solo on a string, wind or percussion instrument, and be prepared to audition on a similar solo. Sight-reading selections will be requested from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Suffolk Symphony Orchestra:

Applicants should have successfully completed a NYSSMA* level 5 or 6 (or equivalent) solo on a string, wind or percussion instrument, and be prepared to audition on a similar solo. Sight-reading selections will be requested from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Nassau Concert Orchestra:

Applicants should have successfully completed a NYSSMA* level 5 or 6 (or equivalent) solo on a string, wind or percussion instrument, and be prepared to audition on a similar solo. Sight-reading selections will be requested from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Suffolk Concert Orchestra:

Applicants should have successfully completed a NYSSMA* level 4 or 5 (or equivalent) solo on a string, wind or percussion instrument, and be prepared to audition on a similar solo. Sight-reading selections will be requested from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Nassau String Orchestra:

Applicants should have successfully completed a NYSSMA* level 4 or 5 (or equivalent) solo on a string instrument (strings only ensemble) and be prepared to audition on a similar solo. Sight-reading selections will be requested.

Nassau Flute Choir:

Applicants should have successfully completed a NYSSMA* level 4, 5, or 6 (or equivalent) solo on flute and/or piccolo, and be prepared to audition on a similar solo. Sight-reading selections will be requested.

Nassau Chamber Chorale (grades 11-12 only):

Applicants should have completed a Level 6 (or equivalent) vocal NYSSMA* solo evaluation and be prepared to audition on a similar solo on the appropriate voice part (SATB). Applicants will also be requested to sight-read at a NYSSMA level 6 (or equivalent).

Nassau Symphonic Choir (grades 9-12):

Applicants should have completed a Level 5 or 6 (or equivalent) vocal NYSSMA* solo evaluation and be prepared to audition on a similar solo on the appropriate voice part (SATB). Applicants will also be requested to sight-read at a NYSSMA level 5 or 6 (or equivalent).

Suffolk Symphonic Choir (grades 9-12):

Applicants should prepare an art song or aria in English or a foreign language, and should be prepared to sight read at the audition.

Nassau & Suffolk Concert Choirs (grades 7-8):

Applicants should be in grades 7-8 in 2017-2018 and be able to sing on pitch, with an unchanged, clear head voice. A song in the classical style or from musical theater is requested for the audition. Vocalizing and sight-reading may be requested.

Nassau & Suffolk Treble Choirs (grades 4-6):

Applicants should be in grades 4-6 in 2017-2018 and be able to sing on pitch, with an unchanged, clear head voice. Folk songs, musical theater, songs in the classical style, or NYSSMA solos are requested for the audition. Students may also audition on a song learned in their school chorus or music class. Students are encouraged to bring a recording of their accompaniment to perform with if possible (they may also sing a cappella if they don’t have a recording). Pop songs are discouraged. Students may be asked to echo a sequence of rudimentary tonal patterns in order to demonstrate their vocal range and ability to match pitch. Students may be guided through a short singing exercise to further demonstrate vocal technique. Sight-reading will not be required for auditions.

 

*NYSSMA refers to the New York State School Music Association’s manual of graded solos for adjudication. Comparable solos are listed with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut music educators associations.