Who is eligible to be a GTCYS member?
• Any student from elementary to highly advanced ability, 2nd grade through 12th grade.
• Any orchestral instrument.
• Everyone auditions each season regardless of previous GTCYS participation.
• Because GTCYS’ seven orchestras range from beginning to pre-professional, we have a high placement rate for students of all abilities.
What do I need to prepare for an audition?
• Students need to prepare three items: a short solo, specific scales and sight-reading.
• Students interested in being considered for Symphony must also prepare an excerpt from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Download this excerpt from the audition requirements page.
• Be sure to review the specific audition requirements for each instrument.
What orchestras can I audition for?
GTCYS has seven academic-year orchestras, which range from very beginning to highly advanced. They are, in order of proficiency:
Philharmonia East and Philharmonia West (strings only): GTCYS’ entry-level, strings-only orchestra which focuses on basics of ensemble playing and listening skills. Students are typically in grades 4 – 8 and there are two different rehearsal locations for students who live in the east or west metro.
Sinfonia: GTCYS’ first full orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion, which focuses on development of ensemble playing and listening skills. Students are typically in grades 5 – 9.
Concertino: an intermediate orchestra which focuses on more intricate repertoire and ensemble skills. Students are typically in grades 6 – 11.
Concert Orchestra: an advanced orchestra which performs original classical repertoire and focuses on advanced technique and musicianship. Students are typically in grades 7 – 12.
Philharmonic: an advanced orchestra which performs professional repertoire and focuses on individual musicianship. Students are typically in grades 9 – 12.
Symphony: GTCYS’ premiere orchestra which performs major symphonic repertoire at professional level concerts. Students are typically in grades 11 – 12.
Where are auditions?
Wooddale Church (note: formerly Colony Park Church)
5532 Wooddale Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Directions to audition location
106 Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Directions to audition location
When should I arrive for my audition?
Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled audition time so that you may register, receive your audition room assignment and warm up.
What should I wear?
Neat dress is appreciated! Wear nice clothes which are comfortable to perform in. This is the first impression you will make on those who will evaluate you. It is also a good idea to practice in the clothes you are planning to wear for your audition at least once.
Is there a place to warm-up when I arrive at the audition location?
Yes. There is one group warm-up room shared by all auditionees.
How long is an audition?
• An average string, woodwind, or brass audition is 5-10 minutes, though younger players may be shorter and are at the discretion of the audition panel.
• Percussion auditions are approximately fifteen minutes.
• During your audition, you may be stopped by the panel and asked to go to another solo or excerpt. This is common and does not reflect upon your performance.
Should I memorize the music?
Memorization is not required for solos. However, scales must be memorized.
How are musicians placed?
• The primary criterion for placement is the student’s playing; other factors such as instrumentation needs or age may be considered as well.
• All qualified students are offered placement in the appropriate GTCYS orchestra, space permitting.
• All placements are final.
• Previous participation in GTCYS does not guarantee placement.
When will I receive my results?
• Placement results for the Spring Auditions will be emailed the week of June 17, 2013.
• Placement results for the Winter Auditions will be emailed the week of December 16, 2013.
• Please do not call or e-mail for results.
What does participation entail?
• Review the orchestra pages for information about rehearsals, retreats, and cost.
• Participation in GTCYS means an unforgettable experience of musical and personal growth in exciting rehearsals and sparkling concerts, with friends old and new!.
What does it cost to be in GTCYS?
• A $35 application fee (non-refundable and not applicable to tuition) is due with the Audition Registration.
• Fees for tuition and the fall retreats are listed in the orchestra pages.
• Tuition for new students joining in January is 60% of the listed amount, plus $50 retreat fee.
• GTCYS offers sibling discounts in the amount of $65.00 per additional child.
Is financial aid available?
Scholarships are available. GTCYS is committed to serving talented, dedicated students, regardless of financial constraints. Download an application or call us at 651.602.6800 for more information.
FREE AUDITION MASTERCLASS: Audition Tips from the Pros!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
2:00 – 3:30pm
106 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis.
This year’s Masterclass teachers are Michele Frisch, flute, and Richard Marshall, viola.
Students, take the fear out of auditioning! Join us to learn about important tips for audition preparation. Three pre-selected GTCYS students will present mock auditions and receive feedback, which will be useful for students, parents, and teachers in the audience. All are encouraged to attend this free session! No registration necessary.
AUDITION STRATEGIES: “How to play well when it counts” by Michele Frisch