Music Auditions & Applications
We are looking for talented and dedicated young saxophonists who are looking to develop their musical skills through our varied programme of masterclasses, workshops and ensemble playing. All candidates must possess a high standard of intonation and rhythmic sense as well as excellent instrumental technique.
Preparing your audition
We ask all saxophone applicants to upload a short video showcasing their musical talent along with their application form. We stress that this is not a scary audition, just a short showcase of how good you are.
What to play:
- A minimum of 2 contrasting pieces, or excerpts from longer pieces
- 1 piece of technical work ie. a scale or study appropriate to your current level
Points we will consider when reviewing your video:
Instrumental technique, rhythmic capability, interpretation, expression and understanding, personality and passion for music making.
All videos should be accompanied by an email / letter from the candidate's teacher or school counselor confirming that they approve of the candidate applying and that their video is a true and accurate record of the candidate's playing.
Things to note
Audition videos will be reviewed by our faculty and places will be awarded on merit / standard of playing. It doesn't matter what style you are working in, whether you are focussing on jazz or classical we want to see a high standard of musicianship, as well as a great sense of team spirit and a love of music making.
When recording your video, please note the following:
- Videos should be no more than 10 minutes long and no less than 5 minutes
- At least one piece on the video should be unaccompanied. There is no requirement to send in footage with accompaniment if the candidate wishes not to do so.
- Videos should not be from a concert/public performance
- Videos should not be edited. Recordings should be a true reflection of the candidate's playing.
We accept applications on a rolling basis and so recommend that you apply as soon as possible to have the best chance of being awarded a place.
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Giona, Saxophone student, Italy
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Jonas, Saxophone student, Norway
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