Application and audition materials for all instruments are due no later than 11:59pm Central Time on Friday, January 15, 2016. A $90.00 non-refundable application fee applies.
Please click here to apply for the 2016/17 Civic Orchestra Season.
In order to be considered for regular or associate membership in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, all applicants must complete the following steps:
- 1. Select "Online Application" followed by your instrument from the drop down menu.
- 2. Complete the online application form and pay the application fee.
- 3. Upload a photo of yourself.
- 4. Upload a current résumé (please see guidelines below)
- 5. Record and upload a video audition.
- · Audition videos must be shot in one continuous take and include all of the required solos and excerpts for your instrument. Absolutely no editing or sound enhancements of any kind are permitted. Audition videos that are suspected to have been edited or otherwise enhanced will be immediately disqualified.
- 6. Record and upload a short introduction video
- · Begin the separate introduction video by stating your name, where you are from, and your age. Please also briefly answer, in one minute or less, the following question: Why are you applying to be a member of the Civic Orchestra?
- 7. If also applying for a Civic Fellowship: respond in writing to the following in 500 words or less: Why do you play a musical instrument, and why do you want to make a career as a professional musician?
Woodwind applicants are highly encouraged, although not required, to audition on auxiliary instruments. Upon acceptance into Civic, however, all members are required to play auxiliary instruments as assigned.
For percussion, the video recorded audition is a preliminary round. Applicants who are selected as finalists will be notified as such by Monday, February 8, 2016 and will be required to audition live at Symphony Center in Chicago on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.
All timpani and keyboard applicants must audition live at Symphony Center on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 for timpani and Monday, March 14 for keyboard. Timpani and keyboard applicants need not submit a video recorded audition, but the introductory video, résumé, application form and fee are required as application. Following review by Civic Orchestra staff, all timpanists and keyboardists who have submitted complete applications will be notified of their audition time and instructions. No walk-in auditions will be accepted.
Applicants who have been accepted as regular members and have also applied for a Civic Fellowship must participate in a live interview (either in person or via Skype) on March 24 or 25. Applicants who are advanced to the Fellowship interview process will be notified of their status and assigned an interview time by March 15.
GENERAL VIDEO GUIDELINES
Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra listen and view all submitted video auditions. The judges are looking for high quality video recordings that are the best possible representation of applicant’s technical ability, tone quality and musicianship. Below are a few guidelines when preparing to make the video audition recording:
The video frame should include your entire face, your instrument, and full range of motion while you are playing. Videos submitted without full visibility will not be considered.
- • Good sound quality will make a substantial difference for the judges to get the most accurate sense of your music making, tone, and timbre. However, professional equipment and/or studio space is not necessary. With attention to a few details, you can make a successful audition video using readily available consumer electronics.
- • Please give careful consideration to the room/environment that you are recording your video. Please make certain you are well-lit – more light in front than behind you will make you more visible to the viewer. Also be mindful of miscellaneous items in the background that may be distracting to the viewer.
- • Avoid recording near windows or rooms with excessive external noises that might distract the judges from listening to your playing.
- • Please be certain to watch, and listen, your video before submission, checking for audio levels and visual presentation of the video overall.
- • FAQs and further suggestions on making a high-quality video can be found by clicking here.
Resumes should be no more than two pages in length. Please list experience you have had in the following areas:
- • Education
- • Primary Teachers
- • Masterclass Performance Experience
- • Orchestral Experience
- • Chamber Music Experience
- • Summer Festival Experience
- • Teaching Experience
- • Other employment experience, if any (e.g. Administrative, or other non-music employment)
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