Salem Orchestra Music Academy

 
 

Audition Information


Overview

Salem Orchestra is excited to announce the formation of its inaugural Salem Orchestra Music Academy. This unique opportunity for Salem-Keizer and the surrounding area students will provide the opportunity to hone their skills in a challenging environment, coached by Salem’s own world class musicians.


Dates and times:

The camp will take place July 31st-August 3rd from 9am-3pm at the Salem First Church of the Nazarene. We will have a concert featuring students as well as Salem Orchestra Musicians on August 3rd at 5:30PM.


Application Deadline: Friday, May 31

Please read through the audition requirements, then follow the link at the bottom to fill out the full application. To be considered, we must receive both the musical audition and finished application by 11:59pm on Friday, May 31. Tuition will be collected from applicants when they are approved.

Audition Requirements: (TWO scales and two excerpts)

Scales:

  • 2 - two octave scales that demonstrate your current technical range. If you are able to play 3 octaves on a particular scale (or both), please demonstrate that. You may use whatever scale pattern you are comfortable with

Excerpts:

  • A 1 minute excerpt of a piece that demonstrates your technique. This can be a section of a standard solo or an ensemble piece.  

  • A 1 minute excerpt of a piece that demonstrates your tone and lyrical playing. This can be a standard orchestral excerpts, section of a solo, or a section of an ensemble pieces

Process for Submitting Audition

Option 1 | Youtube:

Record yourself in one sitting playing through the entire audition in one sitting with no edits and load it on youtube then send the link in an email to

  • For strings - Chris Noel at christophernoel@salemorchestra.org

  • For winds/brass - Benjamin Garrett at mahlerman30@gmail.com

  • Please Label the Video in the Following Format

  • SOMA AUDITION - _(Full Name)_ - (Instrument)

Option 2 | Mp3:

Record yourself in one sitting playing through the entire audition in one sitting with no edits using the Mp3 format. Then upload and send the send the link in an email to.

  • For strings - Chris Noel at christophernoel@salemorchestra.org

  • For winds/brass - Benjamin Garrett at mahlerman30@gmail.com

  • Please Label the Video in the Following Format

  • SOMA AUDITION - _(Full Name)_ - (Instrument)

Option 3 | Live:

If you do not have access to recording via Youtube or Mp3, please contact either Chris Noel for strings and Benjamin Garrett for Winds/Brass to set up a live audition.  

Fee: $100 (Need based scholarships available)

Acceptance into the Salem Orchestra Music Academy will be confirmed no later than June 9th

If accepted more specific information will be e-mailed to you at that time.