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2015 Western States Honor Orchestra Festival

32st Annual
Weekend for Strings

November 5 - 7, 2015

Union Colony Civic Center
Greeley, Colorado

 


Each year, the University of Northern Colorado hosts the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival here in Greeley, Colorado—a celebration of orchestral and solo string playing for advanced high school musicians.

We form a chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra from the invited string players; wind and percussion musicians from the award-winning UNC Symphony Orchestra join these ensembles.  Two days of intense rehearsal follow, interspersed with a master class by a celebrated guest artist, who also performs on the opening concert Thursday evening and the final concert on Saturday. 

This year we are pleased to present violinist Kathleen Winkler and bassist Tim Pitts, both teaching at Rice University, as our soloists and clinicians.  Venezuelan conductor Carlos Riazuelo will lead our Western States Symphony Orchestra, UNC’s Russell Guyver will conduct the Chamber Orchestra.

We invite advanced high school string players to send audition audio files for this festival.  We hope that you will consider joining this wonderful music event that is sure to give inspiration to you for the entire year.

We ask that each director nominate his/her high school string players that he/she feels would most benefit from participation in the festival.  Students that are homeschooled are also welcome to audition. 


Recording Submissions | Forms & Fees | Required Materials | Deadlines | Results | Resources


 

Audition Recording Submission Procedures

1. Audition recordings (mp3 files only) must be submitted by email or via Dropbox:
             A.      Email recorded audition files to WSHOF@unco.edu        
             B.      Dropbox is a free online data storage service (for up to 16GB). You do have to register and create an account. To use this option, please email WSHOF@unco.edu to request an invitation to a folder with your school’s name. You will then follow the link on the email, and drop your auditions into the folder.  DO NOT USE THE LEFTOVER FOLDER FROM LAST YEAR.  YOU MUST REQUEST A NEW FOLDER.

2. The audition document (mp3 file) must be labeled: LastName_FirstName_School_Instrument.mp3

3. All required audition material must be included in one file in the following order: Scales, Orchestral Excerpts, Solo Selection. Only one file including all audition requirements should be submitted per applicant.

4. Audition recordings must be recorded without accompaniment.  Recordings must also be unedited with no added “overdubs” or reverb.

5. Mp3 files must be compressed at a bitrate of no more than 256 kbps. Files larger than 20MB will not be accepted. Consider that the quality of the audition recording may reasonably affect the perception of the adjudicators.

6. The applicant’s name and instrument must be announced at the start of each recorded audition.

7. Links to the required audition materials are listed in the Resources Section. 


Application Forms and Fees

1. Include a completed application form and the $25.00 audition fee for each student that auditions.  You will need to mail this in separately since all auditions will be submitted electronically.  Please type or print application forms, as they are used for program information. Make checks payable to UNC Orchestrasand mail the audition form and fee to:

University of Northern Colorado
Western States Honor Orchestra Festival
501 20th Street, Campus Box 28
Greeley, CO  80639

2. Orchestra directors may include recommendations for the section (1st or 2nd) for which each violinist would be best suited.  Indicate this on the application form. 

3. The student’s orchestra director, the school principal, and a parent/guardian must sign all application forms.  Students that are homeschooled should have the signature of their private teacher and parent/guardian.


Required Recorded Audition Materials

 

Violin 

  • G major scale and D melodic minor scale, three octaves, quarter note=40
  • Orchestral excerpts from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, dotted eighth note = 48-52 AND Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, quarter note = 144.
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2 ½ minute time limit

Viola

  • F major scale and E-flat melodic minor scale, three octaves, quarter note=40
  • Orchestral Excerpts from Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9, quarter note = 52 AND Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, eighth note = 92.
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2 ½ minute time limit

Cello

  • C chromatic scale, three octaves, quarter note = 80
  • Orchestral excerpts from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 [Beginning through measure 10, measures 49-59], eighth note = 86 - 92, AND Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 [measure 134 – E], whole note = 64 - 70.
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2 ½ minute time limit

Double Bass

  • F major scale and B-flat major scale, three octaves, quarter note = 70
  • Orchestral excerpt from Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 [pickup to measure 115 through measure 138], half note = 65-95 AND Haydn’s Symphony No. 31 – Solo, quarter note = 50-65
  • Solo piece of your choice, please no orchestral or ensemble bass excerpts, 2 ½ minute time limit

Harp

1) Audition excerpt is TBD.  Please check back for updates.
2) Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2 ½ minute time limit


Application Deadlines and Address

  • The completed application form and audition fee must be postmarked by WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015.  Audition recordings must be submitted via Dropbox or emailed to WSHOF@unco.edu by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2015.  Hand-delivered audition forms and fees must be received in the Orchestra Office by 4:00 pm, Friday, September 18, 2015.  Any recordings or applications received after this date will not be eligible! 
  • Please send the audition form and fee as soon as possible to avoid possible ineligibility from postal delays.
  • Mail the completed applications and audition fee to:

University of Northern Colorado
Western States Honor Orchestra Festival
501 20th Street, Campus Box 28
Greeley, CO  80639


Results

  • Audition results will be posted to the WSHOF website by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 2nd.
  • We regret that we are unable to provide evaluations of each student, nor are we willing to repeat the process in order to possibly reconsider a student's audition.  All judges’ decisions are final.

RESOURCES

Letter to Directors
2015 Audition Application

REQUIRED AUDITION MATERIALS

VIOLIN:

  • Violin Scales
  • Violin Excerpt
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2 ½ minute time limit

VIOLA:

  • Viola Scales
  • Viola Excerpt
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2 ½ minute time limit

CELLO:

  • Cello Scales
  • Cello Excerpt
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technicalabilities, 2 ½ minute time limit

DOUBLE BASS:

HARP:

  • Harp audition excerpt is TBD.  Please check back for updates.
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technicalabilities, 2 ½ minute time limit