Auditions - MAYS of Lake County

Audition Requirements

The Chamber Symphony and Lyric Consort require an audition.


Concert Strings and String Explorers do not require an audition
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Students desiring to play in the Lyric Consort and Chamber Symphonies will perform a placement audition. The goal of this placement audition is for the artistic faculty to hear you at your best, and insure that you are placed appropriately within the orchestra, maximizing your musical growth and development throughout the season.

Students are asked to come prepared to play scales with which they are familiar and fluent, and an excerpt of music they feel represents their best musical work.

  Please click here to complete the online MAYS application and schedule your audition.
Thank you!

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Audition Tips from Mr. May

Sharing your musical talent with others is part of the orchestral experience. Relax and enjoy the audition process. Be comfortable. Be prepared. This helps you to be confident. Be bold and expressive…this makes your music more interesting!

Choose a solo piece with which you are comfortable. Do not choose a difficult piece to impress the judges. The best strategy is picking your favorite piece and playing it well.

If orchestral excerpts are part of the audition process, take them to your private music teacher to get ideas on style. Pay close attention to the tempo markings indicated on the music. In sight-reading, take time to look over the piece. Rhythm is a very important factor.

Most of all enjoy your audition! Your best performance happens when you play from your heart. If you have the desire and the ability, you deserve to be part of the orchestra!

Jonathan May, MAYS Honorary Founder