Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held June 1, 2019.
Calvary Church of Santa Ana, Choir Room
1010 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana, 92705

Applications will be accepted beginning April 1, 2019.
String players who will be in grades 3-8 and study privately are eligible to audition.  


To apply:  
1. Submit a completed application (click on "submit application")
2. Pay the fee (click on "purchase").
3. You may request an audition time, via e-mail, and we will honor your request if possible.
4. After your application and fee are received, you will be contacted by e-mail regarding a specific audition appointment.
 

FAQs

Q: Should I play Concerto #1 by Ronald Roadrunner or Sonata #4 by Sergio Squarepants?
A: We cannot give advice about particular pieces.  Please consult with your private teacher.

Q: My child is in 2nd grade now but will be in 3rd grade this Fall.  Is he/she eligible to audition?
A: Yes

Q: My child is in 8th grade now but will be in 9th grade this Fall.  Is he/she eligible to audition?
A: No

Q: Will there be somebody at the audition who can help me tune my instrument?
A: Yes

Q: If I was 2nd violin this year, am I guaranteed to be 1st violin next year?
A: No.  Placement depends on many factors, including quality and competition.

Q: If I was in a Prelude orchestra this year, am I guaranteed a position next year?
A: No.  Placement depends on many factors, including quality and competition.

Q: Are there orchestral excerpts to prepare for the audition?
A: No

Q: What should I wear?
A: Dress comfortably so you can easily play your instrument. It is not necessary to wear formal attire but do not wear very casual attire such as shorts, flip flops, etc. 

Q: How long is the audition?
A: The audition is about 5 minutes.  However, please plan to be at the audition site for 1 hour.  5 students are scheduled every half hour so your audition could be anytime during that half hour. You should arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time and allow another 15 minutes after your scheduled half hour in the event we are behind schedule.

Q: Do I need an accompanist?
A: No.  An accompanist is not permitted.

Q: Are the adjudicators nice?
A: Yes!!!  We are cheering for you!  We want you to be comfortable and play well.  Enthusiastic, dedicated, and hard working musicians is what makes Prelude great!

 

 


Prelude String Orchestra

To be considered for Prelude String Orchestra, prepare the following:

Violin or Viola:

  • solo piece from (or equivalent to) Suzuki book 2 through book 4

  • sight read music in the keys of F, C, G, D, their relative minors, and accidentals

  • 2-octave scale in the key of student’s choice, memorized

Cello or Bass:

  • solo piece from (or equivalent to) end of Suzuki book 1 through book 3

  • sight read music in the keys of F, C, G, D, their relative minors, and accidentals

  • 2-octave scale in the key of student’s choice, memorized


Prelude Chamber Strings

To be considered for Prelude Chamber Strings, prepare the following:

Violin or Viola:

  • solo piece from (or equivalent to) Suzuki book 4 or up with vibrato and shifting

  • sight read music in the keys of E-flat, B-flat, F, C, G, D, A, their relative minors, and accidentals

  • 3-octave scale in the key of student’s choice, memorized

Cello or Bass:

  • solo piece from (or equivalent to) end of Suzuki book 3 or up with vibrato and shifting

  • sight read music in the keys of E-flat, B-flat, F, C, G, D, A, their relative minors, and accidentals

  • 3-octave scale in the key of student’s choice, memorized


Additional Details

Acceptance and Orchestra placement will be determined by the Conductor, Executive Director and String Coach based on technical and musical proficiency demonstrated at the audition. Performing a particular piece or scale does not guarantee placement in either Prelude String Orchestra or Prelude Chamber Strings.

Please remember the following for your audition:

  1. Photocopy of your solo piece for your adjudicators (cheerleaders!)

  2. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your audition time to allow time for tuning and warm up.

  3. You will be contacted by e-mail within one week of your audition with the results.