APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 ASTRAL NATIONAL AUDITIONS WILL REOPEN IN WINTER 2019.
THANK YOU.

ROUND 1 – ONLINE APPLICATION

Audio File Repertoire Requirements

  • 3 audio files (mp3, m4a, or wav) representing 3 different works that demonstrate different styles and periods, of which at least 1 selection demonstrates virtuosity.
  • For instrumentalists, single movements (represented in their entirety) from a larger work are acceptable.
  • Selections must have been recorded within the last 2 years.
  • Selections need not be the same as the repertoire prepared for Round 2 (live auditions).
  • For individuals: only audio files in which the applicant is the featured soloist will be accepted; a recording of the applicant’s performance within an ensemble will not be accepted. (i.e. A concerto performance would be accepted, but a performance within a piano quintet, for example, would not.)
  • Audio files may only be edited if you wish to cut extraneous/non-musical portions of your selections (i.e. spoken introductions or lengthy applause, etc.). Audio files may not be edited in any way to enhance performance quality.

Naming Your Audio Files

The audio files are screened anonymously, therefore:
1) Name each audio file by composer/title/movement title;
2) DO NOT include your name when you name each audio file.

Video Statement Requirements

  • A video (mp4, mov, avi, wmv) of up to 2 minutes stating why you seek a career as a soloist and/or chamber musician.
  • The Round 1 screening panel will not view the video statements.
ROUND 2 – LIVE AUDITION

Repertoire Requirements

SOLO PIANO

Provide complete works only-include all movements.
Do not include repeats.
4 pieces total:

  • 1 of which is a MEMORIZED major concerto or concert piece with orchestra (a second piano will be on stage for the accompanying pianist)
  • 1 of which is a major sonata
  • at least 1 of which demonstrates virtuosity
  • 1 each:
    — that represents the Baroque/Classical period
    — that represents the Romantic period
    — that was composed in the 20th century
    — that was composed in the year 2000 or later

SOLO STRINGS

Provide complete works only-include all movements.
Do not include repeats.
4 pieces total:

  • 1 of which is a MEMORIZED major concerto or concert piece with orchestra
  • 1 of which is a major sonata
  • at least 1 of which demonstrates virtuosity
  • 1 each:
    — that represents the Baroque/Classical period
    — that represents the Romantic period
    — that was composed in the 20th century
    — that was composed in the year 2000 or later

SOLO WOODWINDS & SOLO BRASS

Provide complete works only-include all movements.
Do not include repeats.
4 pieces total:

  • 1 of which is a MEMORIZED major concerto or concert piece with orchestra
  • 1 of which is a major sonata
  • at least 1 of which demonstrates virtuosity
  • 1 each:
    — that represents the Baroque/Classical period (may include transcriptions)
    — that represents the Romantic period
    — that was composed in the 20th century
    — that was composed in the year 2000 or later

OTHER SOLO INSTRUMENTS

  • Provide complete major works only-include all movements.
  • Do not include repeats.
  • 4 pieces total, in as many varying styles and eras as are appropriate for your instrument (may include transcriptions).
  • 1 of the pieces must be a MEMORIZED concerto or concert piece with orchestra.

SMALL CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

Provide complete major works only-include all movements.
Do not include repeats.
4 pieces total, 1 each:
— that represents the Baroque/Classical period
–– that represents the Romantic period
–– that was composed in the 20th century
–– that was composed in the year 2000 or later

FOR NON-TRADITIONAL SMALL CHAMBER ENSEMBLES:
4 pieces total, in as many varying styles and eras as are appropriate for your ensemble (may include transcriptions).

 

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