Chamber Ensemble – Audition Performance Requirements

All students will be assessed based on their performance of:

  • Orchestral excerpts
  • Prepared solo: This needs to be an ENTIRE piece or a movement (prepared in full!) from a sonata/concerto/etude. Musicians will only be asked to play sections from it (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Sight reading
  • No Scales needed for Chamber Ensemble audition
  • Conductors will determine orchestra placement and seating for the mutual benefit of the musicians and the orchestras.
  • Musicians should provide an extra copy of their solo for review during the audition.

Chamber Ensemble

Grade in school (in Fall)

9th-10th grade (Strings Only)

– 10th Grade strings- auditioning just for Chamber Ensemble may be considered for Symphony Orchestra.

– 9th Grade strings- to guarantee consideration for SYM and CE, you MUST do BOTH CE and SYM audition.

MINIMUM SOLO LEVEL * * Please read NOTE at bottom

Difficulty grade level 6

ORCHESTRA EXCERPTS Download Excerpts Here
SIGHT-READING Sight-read parts which are comparable in difficulty to the orchestra repertoire
SCALES and ARPEGGIOS
FOR STRINGS
NO SCALES will be needed for Chamber Ensemble Audition
* Students may audition with material exceeding the minimum requirements, although it is recommended that students only perform music that highlights their best technical and musical ability. No accompanist required. “Difficulty level” refers to the difficulty ranging from Grades 1 (easy) through 6 (most advanced). Please consult a school or private teacher for more info. You can also find grade level listings on the Maryland Music Educators Association and American String Teachers Association web sites