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Audition Festival

Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble

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Due to circumstances created by the COVID-19 Outbreak, we will not be able to host live auditions for 2020-21 ensembles. Auditions will be submitted via video. Audition requirements can be found below!

Adult vocal and instrumental ensembles
chamber music ensembles
connecticut childrens chorus
connecticut youth symphony
greater hartford youth wind ensemble
guitar orchestra
harmony and philharmonia winds
Hartt Preparatory academy 
jazz and popular music
stringendo, sinfonia, and virtuosi string orchestras
vivace and opus '89 string orchestras 

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Getting Started

Students should submit a link (not a file) to an unlisted Youtube video as part of the audition registration form. Please do not fill out the audition registration form until you have completed your video. 

If you are unable to submit a video due to limited access to the necessary technology/device, please contact us at nomichaud@hartford.edu as soon as possible.

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Important Dates:

Audition forms are due by Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 
Students will be informed of their large ensemble placement by July 15, 2020. Should you indicate interest in a chamber music group, the chamber music coordinator will be in touch about placement by August 1, 2020.

About the Festival

Audition Festival is your first step to a year of great music-making. It is an opportunity for families to meet members of our artistic team, talk with current students, and discover our extensive programming.

The Hartt School Community Division joins together more than 750 of the region's most dedicated young musicians to work with distinguished conductors in 18 large instrumental and choral ensembles. Students of all ages have the opportunity to receive rigorous ensemble training in a vibrant and supportive environment. These ensembles enjoy a myriad of performance experiences including collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, appearances at music festivals, and tours.

Adult students are invited to audition for our chamber music program and our adult chamber choir.

Students who play the following instruments are encouraged to audition: Bass, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harp*, Oboe, Percussion, Piano*, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, and Voice.

*Harp and piano auditions are only for jazz, chamber ensembles, and the Hartt Preparatory Academy.

FAQs

DO I NEED TO MEMORIZE MY SOLO?

No. Memorization is not required.

DO I NEED TO PLAY WITH AN ACCOMPANIST?

No. Auditions are heard without accompaniment.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY AUDITION?

We encourage you to wear clothes that you feel comfortable performing in. However, remember that you also want to make a good impression so jeans and sneakers are discouraged. 

DO I NEED TO BE A COMMUNITY DIVISION STUDENT OR TAKE PRIVATE LESSONS TO AUDITION?

No. While we believe that private study provides the resources and experience students need to develop into well-rounded musicians, it is not necessary to audition for our large ensemble or jazz program. For our chamber music program, it is strongly encouraged that students are actively taking private lessons. 

DO ALL STUDENTS NEED TO AUDITION EVEN IF THEY WERE IN AN HCD ENSEMBLE DURING THE PREVIOUS YEAR?

Connecticut Children's Chorus members in our senior choirs only need to re-audition if they wish to move up to a new choir. Junior Division members will advance to the next choir by director recommendation.

All instrumental students need to audition every year. Acceptance into a specific ensemble is not guaranteed from year to year. All instrumental students, whether returning or new to the school, use the same audition guidelines.

CAN I CHOOSE WHICH INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE I AUDITION FOR?

No. Students audition for our ensemble program. After Audition Festival the ensemble directors review the results and place students appropriately to ensure a quality experience for all students.  Placement is at the discretion of the HCD administration and directors. 

WHAT ARE YOUR ABSENCE POLICIES FOR ENSEMBLE ATTENDANCE ONCE YOU ARE ACCEPTED?

We expect that students will attend every rehearsal and performance. This attendance demonstrates responsibility, punctuality, and dependability. The Hartt Community Division allows for a maximum of 3 absences per performance cycle.

MY CHILD IS A SUZUKI STUDENT OUTSIDE OF THE HARTT SCHOOL COMMUNITY DIVISION. MAY THEY STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE SUZUKI ENSEMBLES?

Yes, students who do not participate in the Hartt Suzuki program (but are Suzuki students elsewhere) are welcome to contact the director, Emmett Drake, to discuss membership in one of the Suzuki program orchestras.

WHAT DO I DO IN THE CASE THAT MY STUDENT IS UNHAPPY WITH THEIR ENSEMBLE PLACEMENT?

We place students in ensembles after careful consideration by audition adjudicators and ensemble conductors. This ensures that we meet our goal for each student to have a positive and enriching experience. Students who do not wish to participate in their assigned ensemble should notify our office staff as soon as possible.  Placements are at the discretion of the HCD administrative and director team.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR ENSEMBLES?

Once you are placed, visit our online registration page to register. Please register as soon as possible. Failure to register prior to the start of ensembles may result in an additional late fee or may result in the student losing their ensemble placement.

Returning Students: To avoid a $25 registration fee, please register before the August 1 deadline.
New Students: All new students must pay the $25 registration fee.

Vocal Auditions

Connecticut Children's Chorus

Current CCC members in our Senior Division only need to re-audition if they wish to advance to a new choir. Senior Division students who wish to advance to the next choir should fill out the audition RSVP form and prepare an audition video. No audition is necessary for Junior Division members (grades 1-4) as they will advance to the next choir by director recommendation.

Grades 5-12:
Students will be placed in an ensemble based on audition. Songs must be performed a cappella.

  • Sing a major scale on solfege or a neutral syllable (“la”).
  • Perform a song of choice demonstrating current skill level and range (or “My Country ‘Tis of Thee").

Adult Chamber Choir

  • Perform an art-song, aria, or selection demonstrating current skill level and range
  • Demonstrate skill through extensive vocalization, pitch, and note accuracy

Instrumental Auditions

Large Ensembles

(Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion) 

Audition requirements:

  • Scale of the students choice
  • Solo piece (excerpt)
  • Scale and solo should be separate videos
  • Solo videos should not exceed 5 minutes in length

Tip for selecting repertoire:

Students are encouraged to select a scale and solo piece that best demonstrates their abilities. A slightly less advanced piece performed well is preferred to a more difficult piece that is still “in progress”.

Your scale and solo videos will be used to place you in all the programs you indicate interest in, including Large Ensembles (wind ensembles and orchestras), Chamber Music Ensembles, and the Jazz and Popular Music program. Those indicating interest in a JPM ensemble will be asked to complete a second audition in the beginning of the fall semester for ensemble placement purposes. 

Wind, Brass and Percussion (large ensemble auditions): This audition will only determine which ensemble you have been selected for. Seating assignments will be determined in the beginning of the fall semester.

Chamber Ensembles

Youth Chamber Music

(Strings, Winds, Brass, and Piano)

This audition is only for students new to our chamber music program. If you participated in a Chamber Music Ensemble during the 2019-2020 academic year, you do not need to re-audition for the 2020-2021 academic year. The interview is intended to let coordinators form well-matched groups from both a musical and social perspective.

ELIGIBILITY

Students auditioning for our strings and piano chamber music program:

  • Students should be actively taking private lessons.
  • Students should be comfortable reading music in 2/2, 4/4, 2/4/, 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures.
  • Students should be comfortable reading music using quarter not, eighth note, sixteenth notes and triplets.
  • Students should be comfortable reading music in A Major, D Major, G Major, C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, F# Minor, B Minor, E Minor, A Minor, D Minor, G Minor, and C Minor.

Students auditioning for our woodwinds and brass chamber music program:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to participate in private lessons.
  • Students should be in grades 7 through 12.
  • Students should be comfortable reading music in 2/2, 4/4, 2/4/, 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures.
  • Students should be comfortable reading music using quarter not, eighth note, sixteenth notes and triplets.
  • Students should be comfortable reading music in A Major, D Major, G Major, C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, F# Minor, B Minor, E Minor, A Minor, D Minor, G Minor, and C Minor.

Adult Chamber Music

No audition required. To inquire, please send a brief bio of your lessons and playing experience to nomichaud@hartford.edu

Questions?

Please contact us at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.

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