SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE
How to Audition for SMI
Auditions are required for all Summer Music Institute applicants except students applying as percussionists. The audition should consist of two pieces in contrasting styles. Auditions may be submitted on cassette, CD, VHS, or DVD; however, it is highly recommended that they may be uploaded to http://digitalaudition.bw.edu. Piano and voice applicants are strongly encouraged to submit video auditions. All materials must be received, with the application and $200 deposit, by April 1, 2013.
If a student is accepted, the submitted audition will be used for placement with a private lesson teacher. Students should choose material they know well and enjoy playing or singing. Doing the most difficult piece does not always showcase the students' abilities to their best advantage. Conversely, picking material that is overly simple will work against a student because it is difficult to gage his or her playing ability accurately. Consultation with one's private lesson teacher is always a wise move when determining audition material! Always remember, those listening to your audition are listening for potential not perfection.
Applications will be available January 2013.
Theory Placement: All SMI students will take a brief music theory placement exam on Registration Day, the first Sunday of the Institute. Results are used to place students at the instructional level best suited to their current abilities and backgrounds.
Chamber Ensemble Placement for String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion students AND Choral Ensemble Placement for Voice students: All students will have a scheduled audition on Registration Day. Chamber music coaches and private lesson teachers hear all auditions and place students in chamber and/or large ensembles according to playing ability. All students should bring a prepared piece for auditions, including vocalists.