Ensemble Placement Day

ECMS is proud to present our first annual Ensemble Placement Day on Friday, June 9, 2017. This event brings together an array of ECMS ensembles and gives students the opportunity to meet and play for directors in order to determine the best placement for each student.

Please call the office at (585) 274-1400 to sign up for a placement time.

For a listing of all ECMS classes and ensembles, please click here. Groups participating in ensemble placement day this year will include:


Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra

Doug Stone, director
Open to students entering grades 9-12

Auditions held from 6-8pm in 15 minute slots in Messinger Hall, Room One.

Requirements:
1) Perform a prepared piece from the NYSSMA manual (or comparable transcribed solo or etude).
2) Improvise on a blues (with melody of your choice) and one other jazz composition (“Rhythm Changes” is recommended). Piano accompaniment will be provided.
3) Sight-reading of a standard big band piece.

In addition to the above requirements:

Drummers should be able to play swing (sticks and brushes), Bossa Nova, Afro-Cuban, and the funk beat from Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon. Each groove should be played at two tempos – medium and fast. But play the Chameleon beat at the tempo from the Head Hunter’s record.

Bassists should be able to walk bass lines on the tunes from #2 above.

Pianists and guitarists should be able to comp on the tunes from #2 above.


Krusenstjerna Scholarship Flute Choir

Sophia Gibbs Kim, director
Open to students entering grades 9-12

Auditions held from 7:15-8:15pm in 10 minute slots in ESM-320.

Requirements: Prepare a level 6 solo, and expect some sight reading.


String Ensembles:

Placements held from 4-8pm in 10 minute slots in ESM-209. 

Baroque Chamber Groups (historic or modern instruments)
Chris Haritatos, director
High School students and Adults

Requirements: 
1) Solo of the student’s choice (NYSSMA Level 4 – 6 or Eastman Curriculum Level 3 – 6)
2) Sight-reading 

Chamber Music Groups
Janet Milnes, coordinator
All ages

Requirements: Solo of the student’s choice (NYSSMA Level 3 – 6 or Eastman Curriculum Level 2 – 6) and sight-reading 

 

Young Eastman Strings Tutti Ensemble 
Alex Peña, director
Elementary and Middle School students

Requirements:
1) Solo of the student’s choice (NYSSMA/ECMS: Level 1 – 2)
2) Sight reading
3) Scales of your choice, preferably memorized and with varying bowings/rhythms (2 one-octave scales)

 

Young Eastman Strings Camerata Ensemble
Alex Peña, director
Students entering grades 5-9

Requirements:
1) Solo of the student’s choice (NYSSMA/ECMS: Level 2 – 3)
2) Sight reading
3) Scales of your choice, preferably memorized and with varying bowings/rhythms (2 two-octave scales)

 

Virtuosi Bowed-Strings Ensemble
Alex Peña, director
Students entering grades 8-12
Requirements:
1) Solo of the student’s choice (NYSSMA/ECMS: Level 3+)
2) Sight reading
3) Scales of your choice, preferably memorized and with varying bowings/rhythms (3+ two-octave scales)