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2022 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, instrumental students have the option to enroll in chamber music, jazz studies, or composition lessons providing students a well-rounded musical experience under the daily guidance of faculty coaches.

The instrumental music schedule includes music electives, full orchestra rehearsals, sectional coaching, and private lessons 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. 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. Read guidelines below to prepare your audition.

3. Arrive at your audition at least 15 minutes early to check in and warm up.

You must bring a copy of your selected solo piece to give to the facilitator. OAI will retain this copy and you will not receive it back after the audition. Please do NOT include your name anywhere on the copy.

Audition Guidelines

Auditions will be audio recorded live and sent to judges for scoring at a later date. Judges will NOT be present at the audition. A facilitator will be in the audition room to record the audition, but they will not be scoring.

Each instrument has different audition requirements. Most auditions will consist of 4 components:

  1. Scale
  2. Solo piece of student's choice
  3. Instrument-specific excerpt
  4. Sight reading exercise

Select your instrument below to view specific audition requirements.

Strings

Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass

Woodwinds

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon

Brass

Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba

Percussion

Percussion
Harp

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

Audition Tips

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 scoring 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!

Click to view a sight reading example of comparable difficulty here.

Judging Criteria

PLEASE NOTE: OSAI audition scores may be used to determine chamber music, music electives, 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.
 
BRASS, WOODWINDS AND STRINGS
Scale – 5%
Solo – 10%
Excerpt – 10%
Sight reading – 25%
Overall tone, intonation, technique, and rhythm – 50%
 
HARP
Solo – 25%
Excerpt – 25%
Overall tone, intonation, technique, and rhythm – 50%

 

PERCUSSION
Marimba solo – 15%
Snare excerpt – 15%
Sight reading (marimba, snare, and timpani) – 30%
Overall tone, technique, and rhythm – 40%
 
Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute orchestra program is generously provided, in part, by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Orchestra Endowment Fund.