Audition Information

New students must audition for acceptance into the program. Returning students are automatically accepted, but must audition for placement into ensembles.

For the 2021–22 season, auditions will be conducted virtually, primarily through the Zoom platform. If you have any technical issues or challenges with accessibility, contact nccmi.beilman@gmail.com.

Live Audition Requirements

Scale

  • Strings – 3 octave scale (4 slurred notes, with the octave notes doubled); 2 octaves are acceptable for younger players
  • Winds – 2 octaves
  • Piano – 4 major and minor scales and arpeggios (in octaves) in progressive rhythms. Student can choose which keys to play to 16th or triplets at a speed of quarter note= 112. 

Solo

  • All instruments – solo should be under 4 minutes and representative of current playing level.
    Memorization is not required.

Sight Reading

  • All instrumentalists will be given a short excerpt of chamber music to sight-read.

Video Audition Requirements

All those sending a video audition must first complete their registration form and pay the registration fee. In order to pay the registration fee, click on the last option- “Special Auditions” on the Time Slots page.

Create separate videos for each part of the audition since the files are usually large to send together. Share the links via Google Drive, Dropbox, private Youtube channel or Vimeo with nccmi.beilman@gmail.com.

Piano

Make sure the keyboard, pedals, and student’s hands are all clearly visible on the video. Open piano lid on full stick if possible. 

  1. Student should introduce themselves, then announce key of the scale and the name of the solo piece.
  2. Play the following:
    1. Scales and arpeggios – 4 major and minor scales and arpeggios (in octaves) in progressive rhythms. Student can choose which keys to play to 16th or triplets at a speed of quarter note = 112. 
    2. Solo of less than 4 minutes (student’s choice)
    3. Sight reading – Send request for excerpt to nccmi.beilman@gmail.com. (You get 2 tries on the sight reading. Follow the instructions below.)

Strings

Have the player stand so that the instrument’s F-holes face the camera. Make sure that the music stand does not obstruct the viewer! 

You should create separate videos for each part of the audition since the files are usually too large to send together. Share the links with Ms. Beilman via Google Drive, Dropbox, private YouTube channel, or Vimeo.

  1. Student should introduce themselves, then announce key of the scale and the name of the solo piece.
  2. Play the following:
    1. Scale – 3 octaves (4 slurred notes, with the octave notes doubled); 2 octaves are acceptable for younger players
    2. Solo of less than 4 minutes (student’s choice)
    3. Sight reading – Send request for excerpt to nccmi.beilman@gmail.com. (You get 2 tries on the sight reading. Follow the instructions below.)

Woodwinds

Contact Director of the Wind Ensembles Division at jimmyclarinet@gmail.com for more information.

Sight Reading Instructions

  1. Someone must hand the excerpt to student while on camera because they cannot practice it before video is made. Follow the markings for start and stop points.
  2. The student should make two attempts to play the excerpt as follows:
    • 1st Try: Check the metronome speed. Study excerpt for 30 seconds. Play the excerpt.
    • 2nd Try: Check the metronome speed. Study excerpt for 30 seconds. Play the excerpt once more.