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TMF Orchestral Institute - Preliminary Auditions

Live Audition Application Deadline
Friday, January 20, 2017

NOTE: Limited percussion live auditions available in all cities except Dallas and Rochester, NY. 

The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute will accept applications for live auditions online only through DecisionDesk starting on Monday, October 31, 2016.  Letters of Recommendation are NOT required and should not be submitted.

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well before the Friday, January 20, 2017 deadline. The TMF office will contact you by e-mail to schedule your audition after receiving your application. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying by the deadline does not guarantee a live audition. Many cities have high demand and fill up before the application deadline. There is limited availability for percussion auditions in cities where non-percussion auditions are also offered on the same day.
  • Live auditions are conducted by a single member of the TMF staff and are video recorded for review by TMF faculty and the Music Director.
  • Refunds are not given for auditions cancelled due to weather.

Please contact DecisionDesk (support@decisiondesk.com), NOT THE TMF OFFICEif you have problems with submitting your application. The application fee is $80 and is payable by credit card through the TMF DecisionDesk portal. NOTE: the $80 application fee will be listed on your credit card statement as a charge from Stripe.com.

TMF 2017 Orchestral Institute live auditions will be held in the following cities:

  • Rochester, NY (percussion auditions not available at this location) 
    Monday, January 23, 2017
    Eastman School of Music
    Directions/Parking Information for Eastman
    Eastman Parking Details: The East End Garage is currently accessible from Scio St or Main St. Parking rates vary from $4 to $8 in the East End Garage, but plan to have cash on hand due to construction in and restructuring of this garage. There is also a surface parking lot at Main St and Gibbs St, across from the YMCA/Student Life, which takes cards at pay-by-foot machines. Rates there run around $5. There is also minimal street parking near the school for 1-2 hour increments.
    Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Because of space limitations there is not a dedicated warm-up room in the Student Living Center, but applicants can usually find a practice room prior to their audition in the Annex building, attached by pedestrian bridge to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor of the main building (see campus map link above.)
    Live auditions will take place in Ciminelli Formal Lounge in the Eastman Commons Student Living Center.
  • New York, NY (limited percussion auditions available)
    Sunday, January 29, 2017
    Manhattan School of Music
    120 Claremont Avenue
    New York, NY 10027
    Directions to MSM
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum, snare stand, and tambourine to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Boston, MA (limited percussion auditions available)
    Saturday, February 4, 2017
    Boston University
    College of Fine Arts - School of Music
    Directions/Parking Information for BU
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Non-percussion group warm-up room will be available in Room 167, located on the first floor.
    Non-percussion live auditions will be held in The Marshall Room.
    Percussion Auditions will be held in the Percussion Suite from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum, snare stand, and tambourine to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Houston, TX (limited percussion auditions available)
    Wednesday, February 8, 2017
    University of Houston
    Moores School of Music
    Directions to UH
    Metered parking is available in Lot 16
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Rooms 242 and 248 will be used as group warm-up rooms for non-percussion applicants.   Percussion warm-up is available in MSM 185 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Non-percussion live auditions from 9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. & 2:20 - 5:00 p.m on the Moores Opera House stage.
    Percussion live auditions only available from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the Moores Opera House stage.  Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum, snare stand, and tambourine to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Cleveland, OH (non-percussion auditions) 
    Saturday, February 11, 2017
    Cleveland Institute of Music
    Directions/Parking Information for CIM
    Non-CIM applicants must arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to assigned audition time and must check in at the CIM North Security Desk upon arrival.
    Warm-up will take place in assigned practice rooms (generally practice rooms X & Y) located in the practice area in the lower level of the building.
    Live auditions will be held in Room TBD.
  • Cleveland, OH (percussion auditions) 
    Sunday, February 12, 2017
    Cleveland State University
    Directions/Parking Information for CSU
    Live auditions will be held in the Concert Hall.
  • Chicago, IL (limited percussion auditions available)
    Sunday, February 19, 2017
    Roosevelt University
    Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA)
    Directions to Roosevelt University
    Instructions on how to find audition and warm-up rooms & CCPA Floor Map.
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time and bring a valid ID to show to the security desk upon arrival
    Two individual practice rooms will be available for warm-up in the AUD 927 practice room area.
    Percussion live auditions available from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Building Room 1080. Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum, snare stand, and tambourine to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Non-percussion live auditions will take place in Opera Rehearsal Room 1450 from 12:30  - 5:00 p.m.
  • Los Angeles, CA (limited percussion auditions available at this location)
    Monday, February 27, 2017
    The Colburn School
    Directions/Parking Information for Colburn
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Practice Rooms G-168 and G-174 will be available for non-percussion individual warm-up rooms.  These practice rooms are located on the lower level of the Grand Building (the same building as Mayman Hall).
    Percussion Practice Room O-260 will be available for a group percussion warm-up room from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum, snare stand, and tambourine to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Percussion auditions will take place in Mayman Hall from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Non-percussion live auditions will take place in Mayman Hall from 12:40 - 3:00 p.m. NOTE: All cellists are required to avoid damage to the wood floor through the use of rock stops, straps, or similar items.

Recorded Audition Application Deadline
Monday, February 27, 2017

The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute will accept applications and recorded auditions online only through DecisionDesk starting on Monday, October 31, 2016.  Please register and submit your application and audition materials by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on February 27, 2017Applicants who wait to apply until the deadline may experience siginificant delays when uploading their audition materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Solos and excerpts must be recorded as one video file (no audio file accepted) and must contain all audition repertoire in the order listed, WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT, and played in a CONTINUOUS UNEDITED SEGMENT. Please ensure that your audition conforms strictly to these requirements.

DecisionDesk accepts the following format types:

  • Video (mpeg, mpg, mp4, mov, avi, wmv, m4v, vob) - ALL SOLOS AND EXCERPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AS A VIDEO FILE. AUDIO FILE OF EXCERPTS OR SOLOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Please contact DecisionDesk (support@decisiondesk.com), NOT THE TMF OFFICE, if you have problems with submitting your application. The fee for submitting your application and audition video file is $80 and is payable by credit card through the TMF DecisionDesk portal. NOTE: the $80 application fee will be listed on your credit card statement as a charge from Stripe.com.

DecisionDesk can accept a video file up to 5GB in size, but you may experience some diccultites iif your video file is above 1GB. Contact DecisionDesk (support@decisiondesk.com) if that's the case and they will help you reach a solution. Upload speed is dependent upon both file size and speed of the internet connection. Be sure to upload the file using a stable internet connection, and make sure the computer does not go into sleep or hibernate mode while a file is uploading. Remember, the larger your file, the longer it will take to upload.  You can upload any resolution you would like. DecisionDesk does not recommend uploading uncompressed video, as this will be a time intensive process for you. While large HD videos can be compressed down, mp4 720p or similar is best. 


TMF 2016 Orchestral Institute Audition Requirements

  • Each instrument requires specific excerpts and solos. NOTE: Solos are to be recorded without accompaniment.
  • Specific excerpts are listed for piccolo, English horn, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabassoon.  Auxiliary instrument auditions are not required for the preliminary auditions.  However, it is expected that all auxiliary instrument responsibilities/opportunities will be shared in each section:
    All flute participants are expected to bring a piccolo, if you have one.

    All oboe participants are expected to bring an English horn, if you have one, and reeds and the equipment needed to make new English horn reeds. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the instrument, if needed.

    In addition to B-flat and A instruments, all clarinet participants are also expected to bring E-flat and bass clarinet instruments and/or mouthpieces, if you have one.

    All bassoon participants are expected to bring a contrabassoon, if you have one, and contrabassoon reeds and equipment to make new reeds. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the contrabassoon, if needed.
  • RECORDED AUDITION APPLICANTS: Solos and excerpts must be recorded as one video file (no audio file accepted) and must contain all audition repertoire in the order listed, WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT, and played in a CONTINUOUS UNEDITED SEGMENT. Please ensure that your audition conforms strictly to these requirements.
  • 2017 Preliminary Audition Requirements Will Be Posted Soon

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