Austin Youth Music Ambassadors Auditions

September 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Registration deadline: September 6 @ 11:59 pm

Location: Steinway Piano Gallery

Students of member teachers: $40. Students of non-member teachers: $40 plus $50 non-member teacher fee

Masterclass: April 21st, 2018 10am- 12noon at Steinway Piano Gallery with Andrew Cooperstock

Student may receive one or more of the following: Performances Opportunities, Masterclass, & Trophies

CONTEST GUIDE

GOALS

  1. To provide opportunities for students to perform in public and share the values and benefits of music study in their lives.
  2. To encourage the students to share their talents in the community in tandem with various charitable organizations.
  3. To work with others in the arts community by presenting outstanding concert experiences and providing outreach through educational programs.

ELIGIBILITY

This audition is open to students from grades 1-12.   The audition is open to pianists, vocalists and instrumentalists.

TIME LIMITS

Elementary: Grades 1-5 10 minutes
Junior: Grades 6-8 15 minutes
Senior: Grades 9-12 20 minutes 

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

  1. COMPLETE LIST OF REPERTOIRE: List on the application a maximum of 5 pieces the student could perform well at various concerts during the year. These may be solo or ensemble works (see #7 below). Students will not need to play all the pieces listed on the application at the audition.
  2. CRITIQUE SHEET: At registration the students should have at least TWO PIECES from TWO different eras selected from their complete list of repertoire.
  3. AUDITION TIME LIMITS: At the audition the students may play more than two pieces not exceeding the audition time limits. If pieces selected exceed the maximum time limits the students will not be penalized, but will be stopped.
  4. Original literature is preferred, but transcriptions and arrangements may be allowed at the discretion of the chair.
  5. Any repertoire requiring TWO pianos cannot be accommodated. Entrants may program piano duets (no duos) or other chamber works.
  6. Solo piano concertos with orchestral reductions are not eligible, but other instrumental concertos are allowed.
  7. Additional performers needed for the student’s repertoire for performance at the audition must be determined and names submitted at the time the student registers. NOTE: Additional performers may be a member or non-member. Only the student registering for the audition pays the registration fee.
  8. Audition winners should plan to submit a digital photo file and parent release form (if not already submitted for other events). A 300-word bio will also be requested for programs and the resume submitted will be used for the entire academic year. The chair may shorten the bio if space limitations occur. The chair will request these items of all chosen ambassadors after the audition.
  9. If a student cannot attend the audition, the chair should be notified in advance.

AT THE AUDITION

  1. Pianos are not available for warm-up.
  2. The judges’ decision is final.
  3. As part of the audition, students will be asked to say a few words (1-2 minutes) about the repertoire they’re performing.
  4. The judge may ask for the next available student even if it is NOT their specific assigned playing time to keep the audition on schedule.
  5. Students may leave once they have played their audition.

MUSIC AND PAGE TURNING

  1. Performers must provide ONE ORIGINAL SCORE of the music for the judge or they will automatically be disqualified.
  2. Number the first measure of each new line of music.
  3. Memorization is not required, but encouraged for solo works.
  4. If music is not memorized performers must still provide ONE original score of the music for the judge. Performers are encouraged to use originals whenever possible. If a second copy is not available, a photocopy may be used by the student if necessary.
  5. Judges have the right to retain any photocopies used in an ADMTA event and destroy these photocopies. See photocopy rules.
  6. Entrants are advised to supply their own page-turner if needed.
  7. Performers may use a photocopied page to avoid an awkward page turn.

INFORMATION FOR THOSE STUDENTS SELECTED AS AMBASSADORS

  1. Ambassadors are invited to perform in various concerts as a representative of ADMTA. These concerts are announced as soon as final plans are arranged during the school year. Students are notified and should promptly reply as to their availability so the chair can determine the final program.
  2. YOUTH MUSIC AMBASSADORS are also encouraged on various occasions to share their thoughts and feelings about the repertoire they are performing.
  3. A parent release form will need to be completed by chosen Ambassadors before the first concert. Publicity about the benefit concerts and the performers may appear in the media (local and social).
  4. One student from each division will be chosen as a top ambassador and will be invited to perform in the June Winners’ Recital.
  5. A student may not be a top ambassador in the same division for two consecutive years. Please email the chair if question.

OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE AYMA PROGRAM

  1. How students earn top ambassador in each division: Selection is based on active participation in events during the year. A student may not be a top ambassador in the same division for two consecutive years.
  2. Automatic enrollment for second consecutive year: Current Ambassadors in each division do not have to re-audition for the second consecutive year as long as they are in the same division and if they actively participated in the preceding year’s events. Please contact contest coordinator, Yi-Hsien Chien if you have questions about the participation requirement from the previous year. They are automatically enrolled for the following year by paying the application fee to re-register and submitting their master list with repertoire to the AYMA chair by the audition deadline.

WINNERS’ RECITAL

  1. Top Ambassadors from each division will be invited to perform on Winners’ Recital.
  2. Students should plan to play ONE piece they performed at the audition or during an AYMA concert during the year.

REGISTRATION

  1. Please complete the AYMA application online.
  2. Changes to the repertoire selection are not accepted after the registration deadline.
  3. Students’ teachers will be notified of their scheduled playing time the week before the auditions by the event chair.
  4. Registration should be completed by midnight on the day of the deadline. There is a two-day grace period after the deadline with a $15.00 late fee; the treasurer will bill you the late fee.

Registration for this event ended December 31, 1969 @ 6:00 pm.

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Registration for this event ended December 31, 1969 @ 6:00 pm.
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