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TMF Orchestral Institute - Preliminary Auditions

Live Audition Application Deadline
Friday, January 19, 2018

The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute will accept applications for live auditions online only through DecisionDesk starting on October 30.  Letters of Recommendation are NOT required and should not be submitted.

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well before the Friday, January 19, 2018 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 other orchestral instrument 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 2018 Orchestral Institute live auditions will be held in the following cities:

  • Pittsburgh, PA (percussion auditions TBD at this location) 
    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Directions to College of Fine Arts at CMU
    Parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage - entrance off of Forbes, between Morewood and Beeler.
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Live auditions will take place in Kresge Recital Hall.
  • Los Angeles, CA (limited percussion auditions available)
    Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    The Colburn School
    Directions/Parking Information for Colburn
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    The Mayman Green Room will be available for individual warm-up all orchestral instruments except percussion.
    Percussion Practice Room TBD will be available for a group percussion warm-up room from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand 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.
    Live auditions for all other orchestral instruments will take place in Mayman Hall from 12:20 - 2:30 p.m. NOTE: All cellists are required to avoid damage to the wood floor through the use of rock stops, straps, or similar items.
  • New York, NY (limited percussion auditions available)
    Sunday, January 28, 2018
    Manhattan School of Music
    120 Claremont Avenue
    New York, NY 10027
    Directions to Manhattan School of Music
    Percussion live auditions only available during the morning in Bossi-Comelli Studio.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Auditions for all other orchestral instruments will be held during the afternoon in Studio 707.
    Individual warm-up available in Room 705 - please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
  • Boston, MA (limited percussion auditions available)
    Monday, January 29, 2018
    New England Conservatory
    Directions/Public Transportation Information for NEC
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Room JHB08 will be available for Percussion Audition warm-up.
    Percussion Auditions will be held in Room JHB10 from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Rooms JH102 and JH103 will be available for warm-up for all other orchestral instruments.
    Auditions for all other orchestral instruments will be held in JH118 from 12 - 6 p.m.
  • Cleveland, OH (percussion auditions not available at this location)
    Saturday, February 3, 2018
    Cleveland Institute of Music
    Directions/Parking Information for CIM
    Non-CIM applicants must arrive no earlier than 20 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 only) 
    Sunday, February 4, 2018
    Cleveland State University
    Directions/Parking Information for CSU
    Music Building entrance is on E. 21st street off of Chester Ave.
    Live auditions will be held in the Concert Hall and a warm-up area will be available.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Bloomington, IN (percussion auditions not available at this location)
    Friday, February 9, 2018
    Indiana University
    Directions/Parking Information for Jacobs School of Music
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Live auditions will take place in Music East Studio Building, Room JS234
  • Cincinnati, OH (limited percussion auditions available)
    Sunday, February 11, 2018
    University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
    Directions to CCM and Parking Information
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Percussion Auditions will be held in Room 1340 from 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Auditions for all other orchestral instruments will be held in Room 3250 from 12:30 - 4:45 p.m.
    Warm-up Rooms TBD.
  • Houston, TX
    Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    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 all instruments except percussion.   Percussion warm-up is available in MSM 185 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Auditions for all orchestral instruments except percussion 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 and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Chicago, IL (limited percussion auditions available)
    Sunday, February 18, 2018
    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.
    All applicants are required to bring a valid ID to show to the security desk upon arrival.
    Room 178 (Orchestra Rehearsal Room) is available as a group warm-up room and is located on the 1st floor of the Auditorium Building.
    Percussion live auditions available from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Auditorium Building Room 1080. Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Auditions for all other orchestral instruments will take place in Opera Rehearsal Room 1450 from 1:00  - 4:30 p.m.
  • Ann Arbor, MI (limited percussion auditions available)
    Date TBD
    University of Michigan
    Directions to University of Michigan E.V. Moore Building (School of Music)
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Room TBD will be available as a group warm-up room.
    Live auditions will be held in Hankinson Hall 1380. Percussion auditions available in the afternoon.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Baltimore, MD (limited percussion auditions available)
    Date TBD
    Peabody Conservatoy
    Directions/Parking Information for Peabody
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Auditions for all orchestral instruments except percussion will take place in Joe Byrd Hall.
    Percussion live auditions will take place in the Percussion Studio from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Dallas, TX (percussion auditions not available at this location)
    Date TBD
    Southern Methodist University
    Directions to Southern Methodist University
    Parking Instructions: Park on South side of the Meadows School of Music. H Lot, from Bishop Blvd. or Hillcrest. Gates will be up. Enter Meadows School from South side of building. Meadows School Operations Office at the top of stairwell if you have any questions.
    Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Live auditions will take place in Owens Arts Center, Room 1110 (Band Hall)
    SMU Practice Rooms will be available for warm-up and are located around the corner from the Band Hall and down the stairs
  • Rochester, NY (percussion auditions not available at this location) 
    Date TBD
    Eastman School of Music
    Directions/Parking Information for Eastman
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 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.

Recorded Audition Application Deadline
Monday, February 23, 2018

The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute will accept applications and recorded auditions online only through DecisionDesk starting on October 30.  Please register and submit your application and audition materials by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on February 23, 2018Applicants 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 2018 Orchestral Institute Audition Requirements To Be Posted Later This Fall

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