Auditions

Are you ready to join Elemental Strings and Band?

Auditions for the 2014-2015 season will take place soon!

  • Elemental Strings Thursday, May 15, 3:30pm-5:30pm at JAMS
  • Elemental Band Monday, May 12, 3:30-5:30 at JAMS

_DSC9205 copyRehearsals will start in early October and go through the end of May. Students perform 3 concerts through the season, and may also have additional performance opportunities. We also provide free lessons for some students through our Mentor Program, and may have various opportunities to attend concerts with the New West Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Broad Stage throughout the year for free.

All qualified students are accepted based on their ability demonstrated in the auditions. *Please note that priority acceptance will go towards students currently enrolled in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Students outside of the district are welcome to audition, but will not be promised a spot until we can determine the overall enrollment.

If you would like to audition, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Tuition for the 2014-2015 season is $750. Payment plans and financial aid (please complete the 14-15 Financial aid Form and bring it to your audition) are available.

Private lessons are not required, though very strongly recommended. 

Sinfonia is our introductory ensemble for students who have been playing for about one year. This ensemble focuses on the basics of playing in an orchestra, and the fundamentals of each instrument. Rehearsals on Fridays at JAMS, 3:45-5:45.

Scales: Please prepare 2 1-octave scales, to be played with good tone, intonation, and a steady tempo.
Prepared piece: Please prepare a solo piece of your choice.
Sightreading

Chamber Orchestra is our more advanced ensemble, geared towards those students who have either had previous ensemble experience, or who have been taking private lessons. Chamber Orchestra continues to develop ensemble skills while also challenging students to further improve their technical skills.  Rehearsals on Fridays at JAMS, 3:45-5:45.

Scales: Please prepare 2 scales, at least one should be a 2-octave scale, to be played with good tone, intonation, and a steady tempo.
Prepared piece: Please prepare a solo piece of your choice. If possible, please select a piece that contains at least one of the following components: slurs, dotted rhythms, shifting
Sightreading

**While the ability to play the above components is very important in determining the placement of each student, we must also take into consideration the numbers of students in each section and orchestra, in order to maintain two well-balanced orchestras. Once a student is placed in an orchestra, they will be in that group for the entire season. We will not move students mid-year.

Elemental Band is our ensemble for young woodwind, brass and percussion students. Students with a minimum of eight months of instruction are encouraged to audition. Rehearsals on Mondays at JAMS, 3:45-5:45.

Scales: Please prepare 2 scales, to be played with good tone, intonation, and a steady tempo.
Prepared piece: Please prepare a solo piece of your choice. If possible, please select a piece that contains at least one of the following components: slurs, dotted rhythms, shifting
Sightreading

Auditions 2014-2015
  •   Elemental Strings
      Elemental Band
      Prelude Program (no audition necessary)
  •   Violin
      Viola
      Cello
      Double Bass
      Flute
      Clarinet
      Saxophone
      Trumpet
      Trombone
      French Horn
      Percussion
      Other
  •   Edison
      Franklin
      Grant
      McKinley
      Muir
      Rogers
      Roosevelt
      SMASH
      Other (please note priority admission will go to SMMUSD students)
  •   3rd
      4th
      5th