Audition Procedure

NOTE:  MusicFest Canada will not normally accept applicants under the age of 15 as of May 1 in the year of the Festival.  Parents of applicants younger than 15 as of May 1st may be asked to make special arrangements for accommodations, travel and supervision.  MusicFest Canada is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We strive to create an environment in which all people participating may flourish. We welcome auditions from all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or economic status.

 

HOW TO AUDITION

  • Prepare the audition material as outlined below
  • Record your audition in a single take, if possible. See directions below.
  • Click here to login and upload your VIDEO recording on or before January 22, 2024.

UPLOADING YOUR RECORDING

  1. Visit the MusicFest Canada website at http://musicfest.ca
  2. Select “Login” found on the top navigation bar
  3. Enter your e-mail address and password.  If you do not have one, follow the directions to obtain one.
  4. Complete and/or edit your Registration Form. Make sure you complete all fields
  5. Click on the “Save” button. You can access this form any time to add or change information.

If you have any questions or access issues, please contact Orchestra/Strings Division Chairman Dr. Tony Leong, tony.leong@musicfest.ca 

AUDITION MATERIAL

Please record a video file (mp4 or another standard file format) and upload it to the MusicFest website, with all three of the following component parts:

a) SCALES (4 sixteenth notes per bow, quarter @ 56 metronome)

Violin & Viola:  C Major, 3 Octaves

Cello: F Major, 3 Octaves

Double Bass: C Major, 2 Octaves

b) SOLO (Own Choice):

Violin & Viola:  play two minutes of a solo or excerpt, preferably a Concerto or any concert type piece

Cello & Double Bass:  play two minutes of a solo, Concerto or concert piece

N.B. Piano accompaniment is optional – Grade 8 RCM level recommended. If your selection has a passage where only the accompaniment would play simply count one measure rest and continue.

c) EXCERPTS:

Violin, Viola & Cello:  play the bracketed section of all 3 excerpts as indicated

Violin Excerpts 2024 

Viola Excerpts 2024 

Cello Excerpts 2024

Double Bass:  play the bracketed section of the first 2 excerpts as indicated. The third excerpt is optional

Double Bass Excerpts 2024

REFERENCE RECORDINGS FOR EXCERPTS:

  1. F. Mendelssohn: Allegro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1bb1L5nGEI&t=284s
  1. P. Tchaikovsky: IV Finale –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxZ8K4Y7NIg
  1. K. Day: –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUwRI_SYTVk

 

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