Middle School Orchestra Auditions

AMIS Middle School Honor Orchestra Auditions

Asian Middle School Honor Orchestra
24-28 January 2018
Hong Kong International School
Guest Conductor: Cindy Bulteel
Host – Rondecca Kam

  European Middle School Honor Orchestra
14-18 February 2018
American School of Madrid
Guest Conductor – Stephen Bonnette
Host – Joy Edenfield


Please Remember:
• The Asian and European auditions are different from one another. It is essential that you download the correct set.

• Each school is invited to submit up to six candidates for each instrument.

Do not use old sets. Use only materials labeled “Set 4”

The audition listening process is both blind and anonymous. Adjudicators are unaware of either the identity or the source of a particular sound file, and are therefore unable to provide feedback on a specific performance.


Who can audition?

  • String players in grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to audition for the Middle School Honor Orchestras.
  • The MS Orchestra Festivals have geographic restrictions:
    • Schools in Asia are invited to audition for the Asian Middle School Honor Orchestra.
    • Schools in Europe are invited to audition for the European Middle School Honor Orchestra.
    • Schools from other parts of the world are welcome to choose one of the two festivals.
  • Applicants must submit their auditions through a music teacher from their school, and must be active members of their school orchestra if one is included in the school program. Any exceptions to the above must have approval from the Executive Director in order to audition.
  • The music teacher is responsible for preparing successful candidates.
  • Students may submit only one audition for orchestra, e.g. students who play both violin and viola may audition only for violin or only for viola, not for both.

 ASIAN Middle School Honor Orchestra Audition Materials Set 4


Submitting Your Auditions

Auditions for this festival will be submitted digitally by uploading files to the AMIS website. It is a good idea to test the uploading system well in advance. In the unlikely event that your particular internet situation prevents you from submitting your files via the website, you must allow sufficient time to record your auditions and send them through the post (details below).

Format: Only sound files in mp3 format should be submitted. In most cases, other formats will not upload. If you are having uploading problems, this is the first thing for you to troubleshoot.

Submit Separate Files: Record each item for each student as a separate mp3 file: 1 file for each scale, 1 file for the excerpt. File Names (Saving Files): Each file of the audition should be clearly labelled as Scale 1, Scale 2, Scale 3 or Excerpt, followed by the student’s name. (MS bass auditions will also have a Scale 4)

Example: Scale 1 Joe Bloggs.

Use letters and numbers only—no accents or symbols.
The upload page provides you with an opportunity to listen to each file. This is an essential step in your submission process. Pay attention to the quality of the finished recording for audio level and the balance with the metronome. Check to make sure there aren’t long periods of silence at any point in the sound file.
Screen Your Auditions: If the standard of the audition is obviously not sufficient for an advanced orchestra, do not send the recording.
Register and Upload Your Entries: Your entries will be uploaded on the online registration part of the AMIS website, using the step-by-step instructions. Please note that previous school audition numbering system is no longer in use.
Confirm: After uploading, listen once more to be sure the upload has been successful. Deadline: Submissions must be uploaded by 16 October 2017. Late auditions will not be considered.
Helpful Guidelines for Recording Your Auditions
It takes 2 people to make a recording: one to run the equipment/metronome and one to play the audition.
The Room: Choose a room far from street noise that is not too live. An echo camouflages articulation and nuance.
Record auditions in a room with acoustics as dry as possible. Above all, do not add reverberation. Please ensure there are no background noises from fans, air conditioners, computers, etc, that may detract from the instrument’s sound.
Recording Equipment: Set the level during a trial recording. Do not change the level during the recording. If your recorder adjusts volume automatically while the student is playing, use an alternative machine.
Microphone Placement: The performer and metronome should be approximately 3 feet (1 meter) away from the microphone. The microphone should be directed toward the performer. Experiment with a few different placements. This takes only a short time with each pupil. Listen and trust your ears. If the result is too soft, move closer to the microphone; if distorted, move away.
Metronome: Lower-pitched metronomes are easier to record. The metronome tone should be the same throughout the audition. Please switch off any multi pitch function (bell, click) so that each click sounds the same. Listen to make sure that the metronome is clearly audible. Follow the instructions on the audition music concerning starting and stopping the metronome. Metronome markings must be followed.

 EUROPEAN Middle School Honor Orchestra Audition Materials Set 4


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