OSAI 2021 Auditions

Due to the ongoing pandemic, OSAI auditions will look a little different this year. Sign up to join us for an information session to be held on Monday, January 25 at 4:30 via Zoom. Get more info and sign up here >>

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2021 Orchestra

The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra.  Repertoire consists of standard and contemporary symphonic literature. Orchestra students rehearse with professional musicians and perform under the direction of an internationally recognized conductor.

In addition to orchestral studies, OSAI offers instrumental musicians a robust chamber music and small ensemble program, providing students a well-rounded musical experience under the daily guidance of faculty coaches.

The instrumental music schedule includes full orchestra rehearsals, chamber music rehearsals, and sectional coaching facilitated by instrumental faculty.

Unfortunately, students may not audition on the following instruments: English horn, piccolo, saxophone, contrabassoon, bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bass trombone, or euphonium (baritone).

Requirements for Applicants

1. Create an account and complete an online application. (If you have applied to OSAI before, you can log in to an existing account.)

2. Read the requirements and tips below to prepare your audition.

3. Create a single, unedited video recording of the required content outlined below.

4. Log back in to your online account to upload your audition video no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 15.

Application Opens In January

Audition Requirements and Tips

The final audition recording cannot be edited. All parts of the audition must be performed in a single take, and the use of any audio effects or filters (e.g., reverb) is prohibited.

Although you will upload a video submission, OAI will extract the audio from that file before sending it to the judges. (I.e., the judges will only hear your audition; they will not see you.) Therefore, you are welcome to wear casual/comfortable attire in your audition video.

Once you are ready to submit your recorded audition, do not worry about your file name. The OSAI application portal will automatically rename the file for you.

Please note: If you do not have access to adequate technology for recording or uploading your audition, please contact oai@oaiquartz.org or 405.605.7500 for assistance.

Percussion applicants: If you do not have access to the necessary instruments to create your audition video, please contact oai@oaiquartz.org or 405.605.7500 for assistance.

Select your instrument below to view specific audition requirements.

Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon

Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba

Percussion
Harp

To request a hard copy of the required instrument-specific etude, please email oai@oaiquartz.org or call 405.605.7500.

Recording Dos and Don'ts

DO make sure your space is quiet. Listen carefully for ambient noises that will compete with your audio, like auto traffic, airplanes overhead, a TV in another room, a refrigerator, noisy pets, family members chatting, etc.
DO set up a couple of feet away from any walls. If you can, record in the middle of the room, playing out into a few feet of open space rather than into a wall or other hard surface.
DO use a tripod or find a way to set your device up, so you are recording hands-free and not handling the camera/microphone. This will ensure quality sound.
DO make sure you test levels (especially the loudest part of your audition) to ensure your sound does not clip or get distorted. You may have to place your camera/microphone a few feet away to achieve a good sound. Make sure you listen back to your test recordings to be confident with the quality of the sound!
DO feel free to use an external microphone; however, it is not necessary to purchase any equipment for this recording. The built-in microphone and video camera of your mobile device or personal computer are perfectly suitable.
DO make sure you are visible in the frame of the camera. While OAI will extract the audio from your video, we want to ensure the video is yours and no cuts/edits were made.

DON’T set yourself directly in front of hard surfaces, like walls or tiles. And don’t set up in a bathroom! While you may think the acoustic quality sounds nice live, there are too many hard surfaces that will distort your recorded sound.
DON’T add any special effects or filters to your recording. The entire audition must be recorded in a single take and cannot be edited.
DON’T talk during or between any pieces of the audition.

Judging Criteria

PLEASE NOTE: OSAI audition scores may be used to determine chamber music or orchestra part assignments, so prepare for your OSAI audition accordingly. Auditions for all disciplines are as blind as possible, meaning that judges will not have applicants' names, ages, hometowns, etc. Orchestra applicants will upload video auditions, but OAI will extract the audio from those files before sending them to judges, so they will not see applicants when scoring them.
 
BRASS, WOODWINDS AND STRINGS
Scale – 10%
To what extent did the applicant play pitches accurately?
Solo – 20%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate artistry/musicality, including well-shaped phrases and dynamics performed with expression and musical character?
Excerpt – 20%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate artistry/musicality, including well-shaped phrases and dynamics?
Overall tone, intonation, technique, and rhythm – 50%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate full and rich tone quality, characteristic of the instrument in all ranges?
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate accurate intonation in all ranges and registers?
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate tempos consistent with markings and accurate throughout?
(Brass and Woodwinds) To what extent did the applicant demonstrate accurate tonguing, slurs, accents, ornamentation, and use of style markings?
(Strings) To what extent did the applicant demonstrate bowing techniques, clean shifts, accurate dynamics, attention to stylistic markings, and historically informed stylistic decisions?
 
HARP
Solo – 25%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate artistry/musicality, including well-shaped phrases and dynamics performed with expression and musical character?
Excerpt – 25%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate artistry/musicality, including well-shaped phrases and dynamics?
Overall tone, intonation, technique, and rhythm – 50%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate full and rich tone quality, characteristic of the instrument in all ranges?
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate accurate intonation in all ranges and registers?
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate accurate dynamics, attention to stylistic markings, and historically informed stylistic decisions?
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate tempos consistent with markings and accurate throughout?
 
PERCUSSION
Marimba Solo– 15%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate artistry/musicality, including well-shaped phrases and dynamics?
Snare Excerpt – 15%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate artistry/musicality, including well-shaped phrases and dynamics?
Timpani Excerpt – 15%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate artistry/musicality, including well-shaped phrases and dynamics?
Overall tone, intonation, technique, and rhythm – 55%
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate full and rich tone quality, characteristic of the instrument in all ranges?
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate rolls, accents, ornamentation, and use of style markings?
To what extent did the applicant demonstrate tempos consistent with markings and accurate throughout?
 
Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute orchestra program is generously provided, in part, by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Orchestra Endowment Fund.