On-site Auditions and Recruitment Events

Please contact the festivals directly to apply and arrange individual audition times. MOST DO NOT ACCEPT WALK-INS.

The Undergraduate Absence Policy can be found here. Students are encouraged to schedule auditions that do not conflict with classes or rehearsals.

2016-2017 Academic Year

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL STUDIES (AIMS) VOCAL PROGRAM
AUDITIONS: Saturday, February 25, 2017

• 4:00pm–8:00pm, ESM 305
• Warm-up space will be available in ESM 320
• Auditioning: voice, collaborative piano
• Registration deadline: rolling based on availability
As the leading summer music program in Europe, AIMS is a one-of-a-kind experience. The program is designed to prepare you for a career as a professional musician. In 6 weeks of intense training, you'll work on every aspect of your craft, studying opera and lieder repertoire, and performing with renowned European conductors. Many participants feel they learn more in a summer at AIMS than in a year or more at school. This program takes place in Graz, Austria, one of the most beautiful small cities in Europe.

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL STUDIES (AIMS) FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
AUDITIONS: Sunday, February 26, 2017

• 12:00pm–5:00pm, ESM Howard Hanson Hall
• Warm-up space will be available from 12:00pm - 5:00pm in ESM 320
• Auditioning: strings, winds/brass
• Registration deadline: March 10
As the leading summer music program in Europe, AIMS is a one-of-a-kind experience. Located in in Graz, Austria, AIMS provides a unique opportunity for experienced instrumentalists to perform with a professional-level orchestra under the direction of internationally acclaimed European conductors. As a one-of-a-kind training experience, the program maintains the highest musical standards and provides an exciting and rewarding educational experience. For many players, AIMS serves as excellent preparation for professional auditions and as a starting point for auditioning in Europe.

The Eastman School of Music is proud to announce the Bob (ESM BM56 MM60) and Signe (ESM BM62 MM65) Zale Scholarship for the AIMS Festival Orchestra. This scholarship will go toward travel expenses for one Eastman School of Music undergraduate or graduate student performer in the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Festival Orchestra. One scholarship recipient will be selected by the AIMS audition committee based on his or her AIMS audition. The committee reserves the right to award the scholarship to an Eastman student in another AIMS performance area if a suitable orchestral applicant is not identified.

Past Events

ASPEN OPERA CENTER
AUDITIONS: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

• 11:00am–6:00pm, Ciminelli Lounge, Eastman School of Music Student Living Center
• Auditioning: voice, piano
• Registration deadline: October 21 at 11:59 pm (EST), although walk-ins are accepted
The Aspen Opera Center, offers vocal chamber music performances, weekly public Opera Scenes Master Classes, house concerts, and 3 fully-staged productions in the Wheeler Opera House, where all roles are sung by AOC singers and performances are led by distinguished conductors and directors. All members of AOC are expected to sing in one opera chorus and to provide technical-support hours as part of their experience. A select number of singers will participate in song recitals in which students prepare repertoire under the guidance of AOC artist-faculty. AOC singers also participate in an intensive curriculum of weekly voice lessons, vocal master classes taught by resident artist-faculty and guest artists, opera music, acting, song repertory, dance classes, rehearsals, auditioning and professional-orientation workshops, and individual music and dramatic coaching. In different sessions, singers will work both in groups and individually with Diane Zola, artistic administrator of the Houston Grand Opera, in addition to resident artist-faculty.

ORFORD MUSIC ACADEMY
INFO TABLE: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

• 10:00am–2:00pm, Lowry Hall, Eastman School of Music

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
INFO TABLE: Monday, January 23, 2017

• 11:00am–2:00pm, Lowry Hall, Eastman School of Music

CLASSICAL SINGER MAGAZINE COMPETITION
AUDITIONS: Sunday, January 15, 2017

• 12:00pm–5:00pm, Ciminelli Lounge, Eastman School of Music Student Living Center
• Auditioning: voice
This yearly preliminary competition site precedes the Classical Singer Magazine convention, competition, and college fair to be held in May 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Eastman students may speak to Kathryn Cowdrick or Jan Opalach to learn more about this audition. See the website for additional information regarding prizes and age restrictions.

CoOPERAtive PROGRAM AT WESTMINSTER Note: enrolled Eastman students and recent Eastman alumni may receive a special access link to waive this application fee. Send request to careers@esm.rochester.edu
AUDITIONS: Friday, January 20, 2017
• 1:00pm–6:00pm, Howard Hanson Hall, Eastman School of Music
• Auditioning: voice, piano
• Registration deadline: December 2, 2016
The CoOPERAtive Program is a 3-week intensive program with private coaching, focusing on operatic, dramitic presentation, language and diction, body awareness, résumé and application advice. Directed by Westminster faculty members Laura Brooks Rice and Eric Rieger, the CoOPERAtive program is presented in cooperation with top professionals in the field of opera. Positions will be open for Fellows (graduate students to post-graduate young professionals), Young Artists (undergraduates in their junior or senior year), and pianist interns.

TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
AUDITIONS: Monday, January 23, 2017

• 9:00am–5:30pm, Ciminelli Lounge, Eastman School of Music Student Living Center
• Auditioning: strings, winds, percussion, harp
• Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute (June 2 - July 2, 2017) takes place each June on the University of Houston campus. Each participant receives a fellowship covering tuition, room/board, and weekly lessons ($4000 value). The intensive four-week orchestral fellowship is guided by renowned guest conductors, members of Houston's orchestras, faculty from the Moores and Shepherd schools of music, and other distinguished artists. For more information on how to apply/audition, visit www.tmf.uh.edu.

CHAUTAUQUA MUSIC FESTIVAL
AUDITIONS: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

• 11:00am–4:00pm, ESM Howard Hanson Hall
• Warm-up space will be available from 10:30am to 3:30pm in ESM 514
• Auditioning: strings, winds, percussion, harp
• Registration deadline: February 1, 2017
The Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra is a 7-week program along the shores of Chautauqua Lake in Western New York. We enroll 81 instrumentalists, typically between ages 18 to 28, for an exciting summer of music making. We consider orchestra, private lessons, and chamber music each to be vital components of the instrumental program and our schedule illustrates this.

YELLOW BARN YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM
AUDITIONS: Saturday, February 4, 2017

• 10:00am–12:00pm, ESM Room 207
• Auditioning: strings, winds/brass, piano
• Registration deadline: January 16
Yellow Barn's Young Artists Program brings together 28 outstanding young instrumentalists and composers from across the United States and abroad for a rigorous and exciting 18-day summer chamber music workshop that includes intensive study and three public performances. The challenging and supportive learning environment defines a daily schedule that offers coaching sessions, private lessons, public performances, masterclasses, theory workshops, rehearsal and practice time, and the opportunity to enjoy Yellow Barn's beautiful campus. This program is open to 28 instrumentalists and composers between the ages of 13 and 20. Eastman students may speak to Mimi Hwang to learn more about this audition (and see link above).

NATIONAL ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE
AUDITIONS: Sunday, February 05, 2017

• 11:00 AM–5:00 PM On-Site, Howard Hanson Hall
• Warm-up space will be available 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, in ESM 305
AUDITIONS: Monday, February 06, 2017
• 11:00 AM–5:00 PM, Howard Hanson Hall
• Warm-up space will be available 1:05 PM - 5:00 PM, in ESM 305
• Auditioning: strings, winds, percussion, harp
• Registration deadline: rolling
The National Orchestral Institute is a 4-week program through the University of Maryland for training the orchestral musician of the future. Designed to address the changing world of symphony orchestras, NOI members develop leadership skills, entrepreneurial thinking, audience engagement tools, all while performing in one of the most talented summer orchestras. NOI members are mentored by distinguished faculty drawn from the nation's top orchestras and conservatories. All participants receive a substantial scholarship toward their tuition.

NATIONAL REPERTORY ORCHESTRA Note: these locations may be subject to change. Check back in February for any updates.
AUDITIONS: Saturday, February 11, 2017
• 9:00am–10:30am, Eastman East Wing 415 (percussion location/times)
• Warm-up space will be available 8:00am - 6:00pm in ESM 305
• 11:00am–6:00pm, Howard Hanson Hall, Eastman School of Music
AUDITIONS: Sunday, February 12, 2017

• 9:00am–6:00pm, Howard Hanson Hall, Eastman School of Music
• Auditioning: strings, winds, percussion, harp
• Registration deadline: Feb 10, 2017
The National Repertory Orchestra is an intensive 8-week orchestral festival during June and July in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado. The NRO fills 88 tuition-free positions each summer. Auditions are available for all orchestral instruments. Visit www.nromusic.com for the 2017 excerpts lists, online audition application, and additional requirements.

This page is updated regularly
so please check back periodically.

Summer Festival Information can also be found at NEC Bridge.

We wish you the best of luck in your auditions!