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Audition Requirements for Solo and Chamber Performance

 

Audition Notes

All candidates please note the following:

1. Candidates are required to provide judges with one copy of the score for each piece performed. Note: For candidates auditioning via digital video(s) on YouTube, you must supply a clearly legible printed score of each composition you are playing. These may be scanned and emailed to auditions@fmmc.org; or they may be sent via U.S. Mail to: Michael Casassa, FMMC Auditions Chair, P.O. Box 415, Garrett Park, MD 20896. Please ensure that the scores are received no later than 5 business days before the auditions are held.

2. Candidates who have any questions about their choice of audition pieces should contact the Auditions Chair.

3. Performing musicians who have established professional careers or are winners of major competitions may be considered for waiver of the auditions requirement for membership. Please contact the Auditions Chair at auditions@fmmc.org.

Solo Performance

Piano: Candidates for solo piano should perform, from memory, three compositions of contrasting periods and styles. A major sonata in its entirety plus another work of no less than 15 minutes’ duration are required. Music may be used for compositions in a modern or unconventional idiom, with prior approval by the auditions chair. Concertos and accompanied pieces are not acceptable.

Solo Harpsichord or Organ: Candidates must prepare one major (multi-section) work from the recognized performance literature for a single, unaccompanied player, plus two additional movements or pieces from contrasting styles or periods. Music may be used. Organ candidates will be accepted either if they are Associate or Fellowship members of the American Guild of Organists, or by audition.

Other Solo Instrument (other than piano): Music of three contrasting styles and periods is required, one major (multi-section) composition to be prepared in full. Woodwind, brass and percussion players may substitute major solo passages from two contrasting orchestral works for one of the additional pieces. Candidates may play from memory but memorization is not required. Candidates must use an accompanist for compositions that require it. FMMC does not provide an accompanist for auditions. The Auditions Chair can provide a list of accompanists whom candidates may engage at their own expense.

Solo Voice: Candidates shall perform one aria from an opera or oratorio in its original key and language plus four other pieces in English and two other languages, selected to demonstrate the variety of the candidate’s abilities and interests. These four pieces must be from the song literature, not opera or oratorio arias. Memorization is required except for oratorio arias. Candidates must use an accompanist for compositions that require it. FMMC does not provide an accompanist for auditions. The Auditions Chair can provide a list of accompanists whom candidates may engage at their own expense.

Chamber Performance

Please note that if more than one member of a chamber ensemble is auditioning, each member applies as an individual and must pay the $30 deposit, and each is judged individually according to standards applicable to his or her instrument and its role in the ensemble.

Chamber Piano / Piano with Other Instrument(s): Candidates shall appear with one or more instruments in the performance of chamber works. Three contrasting periods must be represented. A major (multi-section) work from the recognized performance literature shall be performed in its entirety, plus two additional movements or pieces from contrasting styles or periods. Music may be used. The candidate must arrange for all additional performers needed.

Duo-Piano and Four-Hand Piano: Candidates shall perform three major compositions from contrasting periods and styles (chosen from original duo-piano and four-hand piano literature). One composition must be in long form, such as sonata or variation. Music may be used. Concertos and accompanied pieces are not acceptable. Individual candidates wishing to audition for this category must arrange for the second performer.

Vocal Accompanist (Piano): Candidates must prepare, with singer, one long-form and two shorter works from contrasting periods and styles. Candidates must demonstrate satisfactory sightreading ability. Candidate must arrange for participation of a singer in the audition.

Other Instruments (not keyboard): Candidates must perform one major (multi-section) work from the recognized performance literature for instrumental duo (not with piano) or larger chamber ensemble plus two additional movements or pieces from contrasting styles or periods. Trios and larger ensembles may include piano, and works for ensembles of more than one size may be presented as long as each candidate for membership is heard in all three selections. Each player’s part must be of sufficient scope to provide a firm basis for assessing the player’s capabilities.