Please prepare one solo work; this does not need to be a work by Bach. Bring a copy of sheet music for judges. Be prepared to sight-read if requested. We do not provide an accompanist, but you are more than welcome to bring one. Fall 2019 auditions will be held on September 7 11am to 5pm and September 8 12 noon to 5pm (location TBA). The sign up sheet for auditions is here. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our contact form.
Will the audition be a frightening experience?
Not at all! The audition is held in an informal and casual atmosphere and should not take more than 15 minutes. We will also ask you a few questions about your experiences performing in musical groups. What do you look for in an audition?
We evaluate prospective performers based on three criteria: (i) technical prowess, (ii) musicality (especially related to historical performance practice and style), and (iii) ensemble fit. Ultimately, we evaluate on a holistic basis rather than on a purely musical level, so we encourage all those interested to audition. Our decision making process takes into account all auditionees and the kind of ensemble (not soloists) we ultimately want to build. What level of competency are you looking for?
We are particularly looking for intermediate to advanced level performers to join our group. Competition has been increasing over the years, and we are constantly looking for opportunities to raise the performance level of the Bach Society. Unfortunately, this is not an ensemble where you learn how to play an instrument; if you are looking for lessons, we would recommend that you look into the Music Department's offerings.
What if I missed the auditions but I still want to join? Send an email to the board at email@example.com or contact us via our contact form. Depending on the time of the year, and your instrument/voice, you may still be able to audition at one of our rehearsals and perform in the concert.