Very Important: All applicants should send the complete requirements for the audition that represent your highest performance in technical and musical abilities. This will enable the faculty to evaluate and place the applicant in a grouping with the best match.

A Friendly Note: Even though our faculty will find out later how well you can sight-read when they help you with your prep-lesson and chamber music coaching, this audition helps the faculty determine who you’ll be in a chamber group and what music you’ll be playing.  If you will be in an orchestra, your seating will be decided from this audition as well. We want to hear you play your best, so it’s OK for your private teacher to help you decide which excerpts to play and to help you with them.

Audition Video Requirements

  1. Provide a 7 minutes (maximum) video on YouTube; “unlisted” or “public” setting
  2. Submit one to four audition videos with the following contents:
    • Up to three minutes solo of your choice. Pay special attention to your intonation, rhythm, dynamics, articulations, etc.
    • Performance of specific excerpt(s) (see links below). Try to play at the metronome speed as indicated.
    • Scales with metronome (see links below), recorded with metronome audible. Guitar students do not need to meet this requirement.

We are especially interested in rhythmic accuracy and tempo, so be sure to use your metronome as you learn the excerpts.

Violin

Two of the excerpts posted below:

  1. Haydn Presto
  2. Carse
  3. Gebauer
  4. Pleyel
  5. Klengel
  6. Rossini
  7. Haydn Op 33 no 3
  8. Beethoven
  9. Mendelssohn

Scales with audible metronome: OPUS Violin Scales

Viola

Two of the excerpts posted below:

  1. Haydn Minuet
  2. Beethoven Ländler
  3. Boccherini
  4. Mozart K593
  5. Haydn Op 33
  6. Schubert
  7. Bruch
  8. Mozart K478

Scales with audible metronome: OPUS Viola Scales

Cello

Two of the excerpts posted below:

  1. Chasing Shadows, whole movement
  2. Cafe Suite McMichael, m. 44 to 52
  3. Klengel – m. 73 to 96
  4. Vivaldi – m. 35 to 51
  5. Haydn’s in G – m. 20 – 34
  6. Haydn’s “The Bird” – m. 37 – 62
  7. Arensky Adagio
  8. Borodin #2 in D mvmt 1, m. 56 to 85

Scales with audible metronome: OPUS Cello Scales

Bass

Your most comfortable/difficult excerpt(s)

  • Junior Camp Bass Students: Solo from George Vance Progressive Repertoire, Vol. 1, 2 or 3 OR etude from Simandl 30 Studies.
  • Senior Camp Bass Students: Solo from George Vance Progressive Repertoire, Vol. 2 or 3 OR movement from sonatas by Marcello, Eccles, etc. OR movement from standard concerti or other solos by Capuzzi, Dragonetti, Dittersdorf, Bottesini, Koussevitzky, Rabbath, etc. OR etude from Simandl 30 Studies (Etude 10 & above) or etudes by Sturm, Storch-Hrabe, etc. OR excerpt from past IMEA audition requirements.

Scales with audible metronome: OPUS Bass Scales

Piano

Please follow the requirements are described in the file attached here. We recommend your teacher to glance through the excerpts below and decide which one is most appropriate for the student to play and record, plus a short etude or technical exercise. A short performance video is also required. Special note to piano students: You will receive your music in early July for the purpose of practice. You will also need to submit a “check up” progress video 2 weeks before the camp for an OPUS faculty to decide whether additional help is needed, or an OPUS faculty will contact you to see you in person to check before the camp starts.

Excerpts: Piano-Junior Camp      Piano-Senior Camp

Scales: Piano-Junior Camp      Piano-Senior Camp

Clarinet

The excerpt from Beethoven Symphony No.6 posted, at end of first movement, beginning 2 before K and big solo in the second movement, beginning one before D. Less advanced clarinet students – you have the option to play the above or you may elect to play another piece.

Clarinet Excerpt

Scales with audible metronome: OPUS Clarinet Scales

Harp

Two contrasting solo pieces (one slow, one fast OR from two different musical time periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, etc.) plus a short etude or technical exercise. (No harp excerpt is provided.)

Flute

Please play from the excerpts below: Gossec Tambourin for technical and Gluck Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits for something more lyrical. Both should be pretty short, 2-3 minutes each. On the Gluck you may do no repeats and/or just skip the Minuet and play just the Dance of the Blessed Spirits.

Flute-Gossec    Flute-Gluck

Scales with audible metronome: OPUS Flute Scales

Guitar

Guitar

Submission of YouTube videos

All YouTube links should be sent via email to campdirector.opus@gmail.com. In the body of the email message, please include the following information:

  • Camper’s Name
  • Camper’s Instrument
  • Camper’s Grade as of Fall 2020
  • Link(s) to the YouTube video(s)

Note: YouTube videos may be deleted after July 31. If you are unable to record your audition and/or create your YouTube video yourself, OPUS staff members are available to help you for a small fee. Please contact musicdirector.opus@gmail.com for more information.

If you have any questions at all about the audition process, please email campdirector.opus@gmail.com.