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Ensemble Auditions

A new season is just around the corner!

Join the region’s fastest growing Youth Ensembles. We’re here to guide you through it.

Spring placement auditions for the 2024/2025 season will be held from May 28 – June 1, 2024

Unable to audition in person? Submit a video audition instead.

Spring audition registration deadline: May 25, 2024

Fall auditions will be held late August and early September.

Auditions are open to new students age 18 and under, as well as to current students interested in auditioning for a different ensemble. 

Contact our Class and Ensemble Manager for more information.

Rehearsals are open to prospective students! Submit this preview form to schedule a visit.

SPRING AUDITION TIMELINE

Spring auditions registration deadline: May 25, 2024

Live auditions scheduled to run: May 28-June 1, 2024

If you are not available for spring dates, fall auditions will be held late August and early September.

If you are unavailable for these dates, you are welcome to submit a video audition instead. 

Deadline to submit video audition:  June 1, 2024

Advanced winds, brass and percussion players are welcome to audition for both the Sinfonia Concert Orchestra and the Groton Hill Wind Ensemble.  Students who participate in both ensembles receive a tuition discount. 

Select instruments also qualify for merit scholarship consideration, including brass, double reeds, violas and double bass.

Please contact our Class and Ensemble Manager for more information.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsals for all youth ensembles start September 21st.

Sinfonia Concert Orchestra

Strings: Saturdays, 9:30am-12:00pm

Winds, Brass and Percussion: 
9/21 – 11/9: Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
11/16 – 5/10:  Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm

Camerata Strings
Saturdays 9:30am-11:00am

Chamber Strings
Saturdays 11:15am-12:30pm

Groton Hill Wind Ensemble
Saturdays 12:30-2:30pm

CONCERT SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 19, 2024
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Student workshop and 7:30pm concert
(Sinfonia, Camerata and Chamber Strings)

Saturday, November 9, 2024
Strings & Solos Concert
11am in Meadow Hall (Sinfonia and Camerata, concerto soloists)

Friday, December 6, 2024
PRISM Concert at MIT
8pm (Groton Hill Wind Ensemble)

Sunday, February 2, 2025
Groton Hill Wind Ensemble Winter Concert
3pm in the Concert Hall

Sunday, May 11, 2025
Youth Orchestras Spring Concert
3pm in the Concert Hall (Sinfonia, Camerata and Chamber Strings)

Sunday, May 18, 2025
Groton Hill Wind Ensemble Spring Concert
3pm in the Concert Hall

TUITION

2023/24 SEASON

Sinfonia Concert Orchestra $995 (Winds, Brass and Percussion $400)

Groton Hill Wind Ensemble $875


Camerata Strings $695


Chamber Strings $545

Need-based scholarships are available.  Please submit the Scholarship Application.  Select instruments also qualify for merit scholarship consideration, including brass, double reeds, violas and double bass.

Please contact our Class and Ensemble Manager for more information.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Video Audition Details

Your video audition should include two brief contrasting pieces (solos, etudes, excerpts, etc.), as well as two major scales of your choice.  Advanced students should also include a chromatic scale demonstrating your range.  Solo pieces and scales can be recorded separately.

If you have completed your video recording, please paste the URL link to the video in your audition application. Please be sure your video permission is set for “public” viewing so it can be shared with the ensemble directors. If you are creating your video after submitting this application, email the video link to lpanfili@grotonhill.org.

 

Advanced (Sinfonia Concert Orchestra and Groton Hill Wind Ensemble)

—Prepare two short contrasting excerpts of any solo or etude of your choice that demonstrate your musicianship. Your choices should include passages that are slow and lyrical and ones that demonstrate more technical facility.  Percussionists are encouraged (but not required) to play at least two of the three major percussion instruments (snare drum, mallets, timpani).  Senior district level audition solos (or equivalent) are recommended. 

—Be prepared to play major scales up to four sharps and flats (strings) or five sharps and flats and a chromatic scale (winds), demonstrating your range.  Percussionists will be asked to play basic rudiments (and scales if auditioning on a mallet instrument). 

—Brief sight reading

Intermediate (Camerata Strings and Groton Hill Wind Ensemble)

—Prepare two short excerpts from pieces that demonstrate your musicianship. Your choices should include parts that are slow and lyrical and ones that are faster and more technical. Percussionists should play one or more of the three major percussion instruments (snare drum, mallets, timpani).  Junior district level audition solos (or equivalent) and/or music you are playing in your school ensemble, or lesson material are recommended.  Strings:  Minimum Suzuki Book 2 – 4 or ASTA CAP Level 2 – 4

—Scales for winds:  Be prepared to play two-octave major scales up to three sharps and flats. Percussionists will be asked to play basic sticking patterns (and scales if auditioning on a mallet instrument).

—Scales for strings:
Violin: 2 octave C, G, D, A, Bb; 1 octave E, F
Viola: 2 octave C, D, F; 1 octave A
Cello: 2 octave C, D; 1 octave F, A
Bass: 1 octave F, G, C

Beginner (Chamber Strings)

—Prepare one or two short contrasting pieces that demonstrate your musicianship. Strings:  Minimum Suzuki Book 1 completed or ASTA CAP Level 1 – 2

—Scales for strings as follows:
Violin: 1 octave A, D; 2 octave G
Viola: 1 octave G, D; 2 octave C
Cello: 1 octave G, D; 2 octave C
Bass: 1 octave F, G

Rehearse and Perform on Amazing Stages

Groton Hill is home to two world-class stages on an expansive 110-acre campus in north-central Massachusetts. 

Students enjoy rehearsing and performing in these inspiring spaces, and benefit immensely from the opportunity to hear themselves in halls that are built to support the human voice as an instrument. 

Need-based scholarships are available for all of our programs.
Please complete the scholarship application form before enrolling, and then wait for our award confirmation, which will include instructions on how to enroll.

The Groton Hill campus features 2 world-class stages, 35 classrooms, 2 flexible performance spaces, outdoor seating, and 75 acres of protected farmland. The light-filled architecture encourages interactions between students and the artists who perform on our stages, letting us bring incredible talent into the classroom to give students unique experiences that will inspire them for years to come. 

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