EUYO AUDITIONS FOR THE 2021 ORCHESTRA
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the EUYO & its National Partners are changing the process for the autumn 2020 auditions to enable a completely online process
In 2020 only, since they have not had the opportunity to meet and perform physically, members of the 2020 Orchestra are invited to become members for 2021. This leaves only a limited number of places available in the 2021 orchestra.
All other EU musicians aged 16-26 are invited to audition. As an exceptional measure, every musician auditioning will be judged by an EUYO tutor expert in their instrument(s), and will also receive individual online feedback from either a member of the senior EUYO audition panel, or an EUYO alumni tutor. Therefore, all musicians applying for the EUYO autumn 2020 auditions will receive personal feedback sessions.
The 2020 audition process has been developed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure safety, but also as a way for the EUYO’s teaching to reach a far greater number of young EU musicians. In advance of the online audition deadline, the EUYO will provide a series of online workshops to help musicians develop their audition skills.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
All candidates must submit a video of themselves playing four minutes of a piece of their choice with piano accompaniment, plus two orchestral excerpts. The videos of the first round will be judged by the EUYO’s instrumental faculty, so each video will be judged by a specialist in your own instrument. Successful candidates will be invited to the final round. The second round consists of a live online session with ONE experienced panel member. However, to ensure a fair judgement all auditions will be recorded on video so that they can be compared with all other audition candidates across Europe.
You can find further information on the process on the Rules and Regulations page.
First round: Please complete the application form below, which will require you to upload a link to your video (which you should upload to YouTube, either as an unlisted or public video – do not choose the “private” setting). The application deadline is September 30, 2020.
If you are invited to a second round audition, you will be able to choose your audition slot (probably via Doodle poll or a similar mechanism). In order to audition all candidates from a country together, certain days will be assigned to certain countries. Slots will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please note that we cannot accommodate later changes, as you will have chosen your own slot. If you have a good reason why you cannot audition on these dates, please contact us and we will try to help you.
Final (second) round: At the final round of auditions you will be heard by ONE experienced panel member. However, to ensure a fair judgement all auditions will be recorded on video so that they can be compared with all other audition candidates across Europe.
Our audition process is designed to ensure fairness across different instruments and countries. This is our highest priority. Your audition is only the first stage of our judging process, as it is followed by an extensive moderation process to guarantee fairness. Your second-round audition is approximately 8 minutes long in which you will be asked to play further excerpts (not necessarily the ones you submitted on the video).
Feedback for all other candidates: If you do not advance to the second round, you can take advantage of a live, online feedback session with an EUYO Alumni Tutor. You may schedule this by Doodle poll or a similar mechanism yourself. We will inform you about this procedure along with the results.
TOURING DATES FOR 2021
EUYO Spring Tour 2021:
Arrival day: Friday 12 March
Departure day: Monday 12 April
EUYO Summer Tour 2021:
Arrival day: Monday 19 July
Departure day: Monday 23 August
THE FIRST ROUND VIDEO AUDITION
Please record a video of yourself playing the following in one take:
- The required orchestral excerpts, which you can download here
- A solo piece of your choice. This should not be longer than 4 minutes. It is acceptable to play only four minutes of a longer piece.
The video can not be from a performance or an older recording. It is to your own advantage if the video is in a high quality and if you play with a pianist. We realize that this might not be possible in your country due to coronavirus, so we do accept videos without piano accompaniment.
Once you have created a video, please upload it on YouTube. Make sure the setting is on 'unlisted' (not 'private' or 'public') Insert the YouTube link in the application form below. No other format will be accepted.
Unsure about how to create a good audition video? Have a look at our recording guidelines here.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ALL NATIONALITIES: 30 SEPTEMBER 2020
Thanks, and Good Luck to all candidates!
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