Orchestra Auditions

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The orchestra performs select concerts throughout the season, usually at Christmas and in the spring around Easter. We have three tiers of players, the first two tiers are auditioned. We welcome people of different faiths and backgrounds; you do not need to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to join the choir or orchestra.

Learn more about orchestra membership in the Orchestra Overview.

Audition Times

Auditions for membership in the Tier 1 and 2 orchestras take place throughout the year on scheduled evenings as well as when need arises.  All instruments are invited to audition at any time; even if we do not have a current opening, we may have unpredicted needs in the future. If you have questions or would like to schedule an audition, please Contact Us.

Audition Preparation

When you audition to play with the MMO, we will rank you in our tiered system and let you know of the opportunities in the coming year for that orchestra. Placement depends upon technique, intonation, and artistry.

Your audition will consist of four parts:

I. Solo (2-3 minutes in length)
II. Two scales
III. Prepared excerpts
IV. Sight-reading

Please consult the list below for the scales and excerpts for your instrument—each contains a PDF link.  In your audition we will be listening for rich tone, accurate intonation and rhythm, and good technique.If you 

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Intonation
Plays accurately by self; can adjust quickly and appropriately in an ensemble,
Can hear and adjust by self or in ensemble when directed to,
May have difficulty identifying intonation problems but can match pitches when directed to
Technique
Comfort across entire range of instrument in all keys. (Strings play all three octave scales). Can control dynamics despite difficult range. General mastery of instrument’s technique
Comfort in all keys within a modest range on instrument (strings play all two octave scales). Has experience with advanced technique on instrument (for example double tonguing for winds; thumb position for celli and basses)
Can play all chromatic notes in a limited range but less comfortable with some keys. Strings play in first position with occasional shifts
Artistry
Can play with a variety of vibratos. Can both project or blend in ensemble. Plays with intent
Can play with vibrato; has ability to produce different tones with bow control/air support
Can vary dynamics and general playing styles: smooth; accented; staccato

Scales & Excerpts for Auditions (PDF files)

Strings

Violin

Viola

Cello

Bass

Woodwinds

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

Brass

Horn

Trumpet

Tuba

Trombone

Percussion