Make Music--Make History

Make Music – Make History


The MAYS is happy to be working with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in paying tribute to Mr. Jonathan May. 


The OPO is inviting student string musicians of all ages to audition to be part of a student ensemble to perform with the Orchestra and Music Director Christopher Wilkins on the World Premiere of a new commission by the brother of Jonathan May, composer Daniel May.  Also on this concert, legendary violinist Joshua Bell is performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concert in D Major.  The concert will take place on Saturday, May 14th, 2011, at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.


Students can apply for this special honor two ways:


Option #1: Upload a video audition (details below) to YouTube and send your video link to the OPO along with a completed application form. 


Option #2: The MAYS will be providing students with the opportunity to have their auditions videotaped during regular rehearsal times on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20. 

As this contest is open to all string students in Central Florida, we are asking that all students make appointments to have their live auditions videotaped.  Appointments can be made via email to: or


Times and locations to have your audition taped by representatives of the MAYS:


March 19 • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Geneva School 2025 State Road 436 Winter Park, FL 32792


March 20 • 2:00 – 5:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando 106 E. Church Street. Orlando, FL 32801


Audition process: Choose two pieces of music, one that displays technical skill and the other lyrical ability.  Each selection should be minimum 1 min – maximum 3 min.  Record them both using a digital video recorder, camera phone, etc., and upload the two clips (unedited) to You Tube. Send an Email with links to the videos to or You will also need to send in your completed application form.

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on April 1.


The videos will be reviewed by the musicians of the Orchestra and 30-35 musicians of varying skill levels selected to participate.  Judges will choose student musicians proportionally from three distinct school age groups (Elementary – Middle – High).


Application form: An application must be completed and signed by a parent. It is available below for download or can be requested by email to or


Other important information: By applying for a position in the student ensemble, musicians agree to abide by the judges’ final decision, affirm that they will perform if chosen, and commit to attending all of the following rehearsals:


Saturday, May 7, 2011(10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)  Orlando Philharmonic Offices in Orlando Shakespeare Festival Building located in Loch Haven Park Suite 300• 812 East Rollins St. Orlando, FL 32803

Dress Rehearsal • Friday May 13, 2011 • 7:00 pm at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

Concert • Saturday May 14, 2011 • 8:00 pm at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre


For more information, visit the OPO website at: 

For all other questions or to schedule an appointment during one of our scheduled videotaping times, please email Emily May at 


Make music, make history, and honor Mr. May.


Good luck!