Auditions for The Talent Development Program™

TDP New Application Deadline is Sunday, March 2, 2014. Complete the online application HERE.

The optimal TDP student possesses a passion for classical music and the drive to be a professional musician. This student is committed to meeting the demand of the programs requirements including weekly lessons and regular jury evaluations to monitor his progress. This student is also dedicated to sharing his talent with the community through outreach projects led by the Atlanta Symphony and supportive of his peers in the Program.

Eligibility:
• Students in 4th to rising 10th grades
• Students who have at least one parent who is either African-American or Latino
• Serious music students who have already reached a high level of proficiency on a standard orchestral instrument

Benefits:
• Weekly private lessons with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians
• Scholarship awards for summer music study
• Family passes to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concerts
• Opportunities to participate in master classes, chamber ensembles, and solo performances
• High-profile outreach performance opportunities
• Association with other like-minded, serious music students

Audition Location:
Auditions will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, on the NW corner of 15th and Peachtree Streets. Directions will be provided with your audition time.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

All Grades & Instruments: Basic Theory test to be administered at audition. Two unaccompanied solos in contrasting styles plus sight-reading, scales, and techniques as outlined below (all scales from memory):

*Please note that we currently do not accept students on piano or saxophone.

Violin and Viola
Grades 4-8
• Knowledge of 3rd position
• Vibrato
• G and A scales, 3 octaves (violin)
• C and D scales, 3 octaves (viola)
Grades 9-10 All of the above, plus:
• Knowledge of 5th position
• g and a melodic minor scales, 3 octaves (violin)
• c and d melodic minor scales, 3 octaves (viola)

Cello and Bass
Grades 4-7 Knowledge of 3rd position
• Vibrato
• C and D scales, 3 octaves (cello)
• F and G scales, 2 octaves (bass)
Grades 8-10 All of the above, plus:
• Knowledge of 4th position
• c and d melodic minor scales, 3 octaves (cello)
• f and g melodic minor scales, 3 octaves (bass)

Wind Instruments
• Scales noted below (1-3 octaves as capable)—all from memory.

Flute & Oboe:
• Grades 4-8: F, Bb, Eb & Ab
• Grades 9-10: Db & G, B & E

Clarinet & Trumpet:
• Grades 4-8: G, C, F & Bb
• Grades 9-10: Eb, Ab, Db & Gb

Bassoon:
• Grades 4-8: F, Bb, Eb & Ab
• Grades 9-10: Bb, Gb, B & E

French Horn:
• Grades 4-8: C, F, Bb & Eb
• Grades 9-10: Ab, Db, Gb & B

Trombone & Tuba:
• Grades 4-8: F, Bb, Eb & Ab
• Grades 9-10: Db & Gb minor, B & E

Percussion
• Two solos as noted above on pitched instrument
• Must be able to sight read rhythms and pitches.
• Basic techniques on pitched percussion instruments, snare drum and timpani, including basic snare drum rudiments
• all major scales on pitched percussion instruments

Harp
• Two solos as noted above
• All major and minor scales

NOTE: Special arrangements must be made for both harp and percussion auditions. Please contact the ASO offices to ensure that proper arrangements can be made.