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 under the direction of an internationally recognized conductor. The orchestra performs two concerts during the Institute.
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. Each chamber music ensemble will give an evening performance for their OSAI peers and members of the community.
The daily schedule includes full orchestra rehearsals, chamber music rehearsals, and sectional coaching facilitated by instrumental faculty.
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. Complete an online application and schedule your audition no later than noon the weekday before your desired audition date. See dates in right side bar or view full audition schedule here. Audition spaces fill quickly, so schedule as soon as possible.
2. Bring a government-issued I.D. or birth certificate to your audition for age verification purposes.
3. Read guidelines below to prepare your audition.
4. Arrive at your audition at least 15 minutes early to check in and warm up.
You must bring the following items:
- Bring a copy of your selected solo piece to give to the facilitator. (OAI will retain this copy; you will not receive it back after the audition. Please do not include your name anywhere on the copy.)
Each instrument has different audition requirements. Most auditions will consist of 4 components:
2. Solo piece of student's choice
3. Instrument-specific etude
4. Sight reading exercise
Select your instrument below to view specific audition requirements and a copy of the required etude.
To request a hard copy of the required instrument-specific etude, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405.605.7500.
Watch our video to learn what to expect at your OSAI Orchestra audition.
Feel free to wear casual/comfortable attire. Since auditions are blind and will be audio recorded for adjudication at a later date, you will not be interacting with judges at your audition.
Visit the sight-reading practice and preparation resources below. Remember, the best way to become a better sight reader is to PRACTICE sight reading!
- 10 Tips and Tricks for Sight Reading Music
- 4 Sight-Reading Tips Liszt Wants You to Know
- 5 Steps to Mastering Sight Reading
Click to view a sight reading example of comparable difficulty here.
PLEASE NOTE: OSAI audition scores may be used to determine chamber music or orchestra part assignments, so prepare for your OSAI audition accordingly.
Strings, brass, and woodwinds
• Prepared material – 25%
Scale – 5%
Solo – 10%
Excerpt – 10%
• Sight reading – 25%
• Overall tone, intonation, technique, and rhythm – 50%
• Prepared material (marimba solo and snare excerpt) – 30%
• Sight reading (marimba, snare, and timpani) – 30%
• Overall tone, technique, and rhythm (marimba and snare) – 40%
Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute orchestra program is generously provided, in part, by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Orchestra Endowment Fund.