FLC Youth Chamber Orchestra announces inaugural season

By May 24, 2012

Local youth musicians encouraged to apply now

Folsom Lake College and Three Stages announce the exciting first season of the Folsom Lake College Youth Chamber Orchestra, inviting local youth musicians to apply now.

The mission of the orchestra is to inspire music appreciation and excellence among children ages 12-18, 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.

The Orchestra, which will comprise 16-21 young musicians, 12-18 years of age, announces auditions for violin, viola, cello, and bass on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 & 3, at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

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 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.

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 May 25. This fee will cover the 2012-13 season.

The Orchestra Coordinator/Conductor is Dr. Evgeniy Sporov. Before moving to California, Dr. 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 U.S., Dr. Sporov was the regional supervisor for the string departments of 127 music schools and 3 music colleges in Russia. Dr. Sporov is also an accomplished pianist who has taught piano for nearly ten years.
Dr. 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.

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