All MAYS Orlando groups require an audition
The goal of a MAYS audition is for the Artistic Directors to hear you play at your musical best, to ensure that you are placed in an orchestra where you will be surrounded by musicians of similar strength and challenged on a weekly basis. With that in mind, the three elements in a MAYS audition are scales, solo, and sight-reading. In each, the Artistic Directors will be listening for your overall sound quality, your sense of pitch, accuracy of rhythm, and observing your technique. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Manager and one of our Artistic Directors will call you personally.
Each MAYS Orlando audition has three parts:
The Scale Requirement document gives the specific scale requirements for each MAYS orchestra. Please review the scales prior to your audition.
Prepare one unaccompanied piece, or two shorter selections, no more than 3 minutes in length, which displays your current technical and expressive abilities. We highly recommend that you choose this music under the guidance of your private instructor. Solos need not be memorized, but please bring an additional copy for our Artistic Directors to view as you play.
A brief excerpt of music will be given to you to sight-read as part of your audition. The best way for you to prepare for this is to read new music on a daily basis.
Good luck in your preparation for your MAYS audition. We wish you the very best and look forward to hearing you.
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