In 2022 auditions will be held for brass, woodwind, voice, percussion, and chamber ensembles (must include at least one of the aforementioned instrument groups). Astral will hold auditions for piano, strings, and chamber ensembles (must include at least one pianist or string player) next season in 2023.


Round 1 – Online Application and Recording

Round One – Online Application and Audio Recording (Brass, Woodwinds, Voice, and Chamber Ensembles)

  • 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 past 2 years.
  • Selections need not be the same as the repertoire prepared for Round 2.
  • 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.

Round One – Online Application and Audio Recording (Percussion)

  • 3 audio files (mp3, m4a, or wav) of the following: 2 contrasting mallet works (marimba and/or vibraphone) one of which shows virtuosity, and one single or multiple percussion solo (can be with or without electronics, and this selection may incorporate a drum set configuration, pitched or unpitched instruments)
  • Single movements (represented in their entirety) from a larger work are acceptable.
  • Selections must have been recorded within the past 2 years.
  • Selections need not be the same as the repertoire prepared for Round 2.
  • 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 percussion ensemble 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
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 and how you plan to seek a career as a professional musician.
  • The Round 1 screening panel will not view the video statements. Video statements will only be viewed internally by Astral staff.

Round 2 – Live In-Person Performance

Round Two – Live In-Person Performance (Brass, Woodwinds, Voice, and Chamber Ensembles, and Percussion)

  • Astral requests that applicants invited to the live performance round prepare a short program that reflects the artist’s own authentic self and expresses their creative vision via programming, design, and performance.
  • Percussionists will be provided with the following instruments: Marimba, Vibraphone, Timpani, Bass Drum, Tam-tam, Drum Set; all other instruments and equipment must be provided by the applicant. All instrument needs must be communicated to Astral no later than May 6, 2022.
  • We encourage you to design a program experience which includes 15-18 minutes of music as well as several minutes of spoken notes (consider your repertoire selections, why you chose to share them, what makes them meaningful to you). This live audition portion is not to exceed 20 minutes.
  • Repertoire selection should showcase your own range and interests as a performer. While in some cases applicants may wish to include pieces from diverse historical periods, what’s most important is that the program represents the applicant’s own interests and passions. (For example: baroque specialists, or composer-performers who perform original works, should share a program that reflects a range of expression within their own unique specialization).
  • At a time when we are considering classical music’s reckoning with its own history of racism and white supremacy, Astral is prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in programming. Knowing that we cannot expect to cultivate an audience any more diverse than the composers we present, applicants are encouraged to consider performing selections by underrepresented groups including but not limited to: living composers, Black, Indigenous, Multi-racial, and People of Color (BIMPOC), Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), female, and non-binary composers whenever possible.
  • This program may include any number of selections.
  • Individual movements or excerpts from longer works may be included, as long as there is at least one complete work or movement represented.
  • Piano accompanists are at the discretion of the applicant but are not required.
  • Programs must contain at least one work composed since 1990 or after.
  • Applicants utilizing electronics or amplification will have access to a power source and must reach out to Astral to confirm if additional support is necessary. While we cannot provide additional equipment, we will strive to make every applicant comfortable in having the proper setup in order to best express themselves.

Questions? Contact elysa@astralartists.org or 215.735.6999