Application & audition
Participation in the Summer Orchestra Academy is by audition each year. Applicants should be comfortable with the repertoire and technical work at grade 7 standard or higher.
The audition will comprise of 2 parts:
- An AV recording of a solo piece of your choosing, to be submitted with your application form.
- A live zoom audition and informal interview on Saturday 26 June.
The solo piece is of your choosing, and should be a piece you enjoy playing. It can be a movement or excerpt from a concerto, a sonata or a solo piece. Your piece could be an accompanied or unaccompanied work, but accompaniment is not necessary for your recording. Where possible, it should be a piece originally written for the instrument and should be something you really enjoy playing. Recordings should be both audio and visual . Please introduce yourself, your instrument and the work you will be playing at the beginning of the recording.
You do not need to record on any special equipment, a laptop, phone or tablet will do. Please make sure that we can see all of you and your instrument clearly in the video. You can record your piece for submission as many times as you like.
Once applications close, you’ll be given a time for a live Zoom audition on Saturday 26 June. For this part of the audition, you will be asked to prepare three prescribed excerpts from the orchestral repertoire for their instrument, which will be sent out with the details of your Zoom audition. You will be asked to play these excerpts during your audition.
These excerpts form an important part of the audition and applicants should ensure that they are well known and prepared. Your audition panel will be made up of two players from the Orchestra of Opera North (they’re a friendly bunch!). We believe everyone should have the chance to develop their practice and performance skills, and have a positive audition experience, whatever the outcome.
All applicants will receive verbal feedback during the audition; those who are unable to be offered a place may receive additional brief written feedback after the audition period has ended.