Local youth musicians are invited to an Aug. 12 audition for the new Folsom Lake College Youth Chamber Orchestra, with the auditions focused on bass, cello and viola. The auditions will be held at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College (10 College Parkway in Folsom), starting at 2 p.m.
The mission of the Youth Chamber Orchestra is to inspire music appreciation and excellence among children ages 12 to 18, and increase community awareness of and participation in the musical experiences of the youth of Folsom Lake College’s service area (Rancho Cordova, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Placerville and surrounding communities). The Folsom Lake College Youth Chamber Orchestra is made possible thanks to the generous donation of The Robert S. and Star Pepper Foundation.
Audition requirements are as follows:
Prepare a polished, recital-ready, unaccompanied solo piece. You may play any work of your choice, but the level of difficulty should be an accurate representation of your technical and artistic ability. Remember, it is not what you play that matters most, but how well you play. Your solo piece need not be memorized, but the entire piece should be performance-ready.
You may be asked to stop playing before you reach the end of your prepared piece, or asked to play only a particular section. If this happens, please understand that it is only in the interest of time, not a reflection of your playing.
The candidate must submit a copy of the sheet music (or the original score) prior to participation. It is the responsibility of the candidate to remove any markings from the music that might jeopardize the anonymity of her/his identity. Scales: violists and cellists should prepare two any 3-octave scales (one Major, one minor). Bass players: two any 2-octave scales (one Major, one minor).
Student placement is competitive, and is ranked in order of artistic quality. Those qualities include superiority of tone, intonation, vibrato (as appropriate), dynamic range, musicality and general accuracy. The audition will be adjudicated by highly qualified professional musicians.
To apply, fill out the Audition Form at threestages.net (go to “Community” on the homepage and select “Youth Chamber Orchestra”) and return with $50 non-refundable audition fee by Aug. 6. This fee will cover the 2012-13 season.
The Orchestra coordinator/conductor is Dr. Evgeniy Sporov. Before moving to California, Sporov played the role of lead violin instructor at numerous music camps and was the designated instructor of the first violin section of the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra. Before moving to the United States, Sporov was the regional supervisor for the string departments of 127 music schools and three music colleges in Russia. Sporov is also an accomplished pianist who has taught piano for nearly 10 years.
Sporov earned his Doctorate in Violin Performance from Michigan State University. He received his Master’s Degree in Chamber Ensemble Performance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Glinka State Conservatory in Russia.
Rehearsals will take place every Wednesday from 7 to 8:40 p.m., Aug. 15 through Nov. 21 at Three Stages in Stage 3/Scott-Skillman Recital Hall. All students will be expected to be on time and prepared for each rehearsal.
The orchestra’s debut concert will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in Three Stages’ Stage 1.
For additional information go to threestages.net, click on “Community” on the homepage and select “Youth Chamber Orchestra.”