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:
- 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 17 July.
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. 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 as many times as you like before submitting it. Please make sure the filename of your recording is saved in the following format: FirstnameLastname_Instrument.
Once you have applied, you’ll be given a time for a live Zoom audition on Saturday July 17. 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 one or all of these excerpts during the zoom call. Wind players will also have the option of presenting an additional prescribed doubling instrument excerpt. (Piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet, contrabassoon). 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.
Applicants will also be asked to sight-read a short piece or excerpt.
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.