AUDITION

AUDITION INFORMATION

FEES

There is a $75 to $100*audition fee payable by MasterCard, Visa or American Express during sign-up.

*If you applying prior to January 1st, 2022 the fee is $75. If you apply after January 1st, 2022 the fee is $100



APPLICATION DEADLINES

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not offer live auditions for the 2022 season. We will accept recorded submissions providing they follow the guidelines below.

All recorded submissions along with applications must be submitted no later than Friday, March 4th, 2022.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

For Strings, Wood Winds and Brass

Prepare 4 contrasting orchestral excerpts of your choice:

  • Try and choose excerpts that would be found on most professional orchestral audition lists. i.e. Violins – Don Juan, Brahms 1 opening, Mozart 39 4th mvmt, Schumann 2 Scherzo etc.
  • You may want to include a few excerpts from the repertoire we will be performing in the upcoming season.

Prepare 1 solo selection of your choice:

  • You may choose to do the exposition of a concerto or the entire movement, it is up to you.
  • Try to avoid choosing obscure things, we would prefer things that are commonly performed on professional orchestral auditions ei. Violins, a solo Bach or a movement from a Mozart Violin concerto.

A full resume with three (3) references must be attached to your online submission.

INSTRUMENTALISTS AUDITION REQUIREMENT

Recorded Auditions for Instrumentalists: (excluding percussion)

  1. Fill out our online audition application and request recorded submission, you can attach the recording link at the end of the application if you wish.
  2. We prefer video recordings.
  3. All excerpts must be recorded in one take, no splicing allowed.
  4. Your solo selection can be recorded on a separate take or be recorded at a different time. For example, you can use a recording from a final recital that was previously recorded.
  5. We prefer recordings to be attached to the application and please make sure your recording submission is compatible with a PC computer, not a Mac. You may mail a DVD as well, but it must arrive prior to the deadline.
  6. Please included your name, instrument and a list of what you are applying for in an email or mailed along with your DVD.

CONDUCTOR AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Special Requirements for Conducting Applicants

Video Recording Requirements
Fill out the online application and request a recorded submission. You can attach the link to your recordings at the end of the application if you wish.

  • No more than 30 minutes total.
  • Footage should be of rehearsals AND performances.
  • Very important that you have footage in front of an ochestra.
  • Applicants should show a variety of skills.
  • Multiple selections if possible.
  • Camera must be face on.
  • Good quality audio recommended.
  • We prefer recordings to be attached to the application and please make sure your recording submission is compatible with a PC computer, not a Mac. You may mail a DVD as well, but it must arrive prior to the deadline.
  • Please include your name and list of what you are playing in an email or mailed in with your DVD.
  • Please clearly mark the DVD with applicant’s name, track titles and composer and title of each selection. (If sending a DVD)

PERCUSSIONISTS AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Special Requirements for Percussionists

Please follow the instructions for your recorded submissions carefully. Your recorded submission must include the following:

  • Percussionists do NOT need to record all excerpts in one take due to instrument changes.
  • One (1) solo work.
  • Three (3) timpani excerpts.
  • Two (2) keyboard excerpts.
  • One (1) snare drum excerpt.
  • One (1) other standard excerpt.

In addition:

  • Please indicate if you have experience on drum set; if so, include an example on the audition recording (not required, but preferred).
  • Please use standard orchestral excerpts.
  • Video recordings are required for percussion.
  • Fill out the online application and indicate a recorded submission, you can attach the link to your audition material at the end of the application if you wish.
  • We prefer recordings to be attached to the application and please make sure your recording submission is compatible with a PC computer, not a Mac. You may mail a DVD as well, but it must arrive prior to the deadline.
  • Please include your name, instrument and what you are playing in an email or mailed in with your dvd.
  • Should you choose to mail your material in, please send it to:
    Megan Jones
    National Academy Orchestra
    301 Bay Street South
    Hamilton ON L8P 3J7
    Phone: 905-525-7664

    If mailing from out of the country, please make sure your package is declared as having no value. We will not pay duty or taxes on packages - they will be sent back.