Application & audition
Membership to the Opera North Youth Orchestra is by audition each year. Applicants should be comfortable with the repertoire and technical work at grade 8 standard or higher.
The audition will comprise of 2 parts: a group session and an opportunity to play to panelists individually.
In the group session, applicants will take part in an instrumental workshop led by members of the Orchestra of Opera North; through playing together as part of the group, applicants will receive guidance on aspects of instrumental technique, stylistic awareness and ensemble skills. The workshop session forms an integral part of the audition process and is designed to put the applicants at ease and to give the Opera North Orchestra members the opportunity to observe them in an ensemble playing situation.
Applicants will then be asked to perform one solo piece of their own choice to the audition panel. This can be a movement or excerpt from a concerto, a sonata or a solo piece. It can be from an accompanied or unaccompanied work, but accompaniment will not be provided or available in the audition. Where possible, it should be a piece originally written for the instrument.
In addition to the solo piece, applicants will be asked to prepare three prescribed excerpts from the orchestral repertoire for their instrument. Wind players will also have the option of presenting an additional prescribed doubling instrument excerpt. (Piccolo, Cor Anglais, Bass, Clarinet, Contra Bassoon). These excerpts form an important part of the audition and applicants should ensure that they are well known and prepared.
Applicants will also be asked to sight-read a short piece or excerpt.
All applicants will receive verbal feedback during the workshop and audition; those who are unable to be offered a place may receive additional brief written feedback after the audition period has ended.