APPLICATION AND AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Application and audition materials for all instruments are due no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday, February 3, 2017. A $90.00 nonrefundable application fee applies. Repertoire requirements can be found on the program pages through the link below.
Click here to apply
In order to be considered for regular or associate membership in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, all applicants must complete the following steps:
1. Select "Online Application" followed by your instrument from the drop down menu to the right.
2. Complete the online application form and pay the application fee.
3. Upload a photo of yourself.
4. Upload a current one-page résumé.
5. Record and upload a video audition.
6. Record and upload a short introduction video (see note below)
7. If also applying for a Civic Fellowship: respond in writing to the following in 500 words or less: Why do you play a musical instrument, and why do you want to make a career as a professional musician?
• Audition videos must be shot in one continuous take and include all of the required solos and excerpts for your instrument in the order they are listed. Absolutely no editing or sound enhancements of any kind are permitted. Audition videos that are suspected to have been edited or otherwise enhanced will be immediately disqualified.
• Begin the separate introduction video by stating your name, where you are from, and your age. Please also briefly answer, in one minute or less, the following question: Why are you applying to me a member of the Civic Orchestra?
• If you are also applying for a Civic Fellowship, please include in your introduction video – after describing why you are applying to the Civic Orchestra and in three minutes or less – what you hope to gain from the fellowship program as well as what you have to offer the Civic family.
Woodwind applicants are highly encouraged, although not required, to audition on auxiliary instruments. Upon acceptance into Civic, however, all members are required to play auxiliary instruments as assigned.
For oboe, bass trombone, and percussion applicants, the video recorded audition is a preliminary round. Applicants who are selected as finalists will be notified as such by Friday, March 3, 2017, and will be required to audition live at Symphony Center in Chicago in late March/early April. Please check back for official audition dates in mid-November. No walk-in auditions will be accepted.
All timpani and keyboard applicants must audition live at Symphony Center. Please check back here for live audition dates which will occur late March — early April 2017. Timpani and keyboard applicants need not submit a video recorded audition, but the introductory video, résumé, application form and fee are required as application. Following review by Civic Orchestra staff, all timpanists and keyboardists who have submitted complete applications will be notified of their audition time and instructions. No walk-in auditions will be accepted.
GENERAL VIDEO GUIDELINES
Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra listen and view all submitted video auditions. The judges are looking for high quality video recordings that are the best possible representation of applicant’s technical ability, tone quality and musicianship. Below are a few guidelines when preparing to make the video audition recording:
• The video frame should include your entire face, your instrument, and full range of motion while you are playing. Videos submitted without full visibility will not be considered.
• Good sound quality will make a substantial difference for the judges to get the most accurate sense of your music making, tone, and timbre. However, professional equipment and/or studio space is not necessary. With attention to a few details, you can make a successful audition video using readily available consumer electronics.
• Please give careful consideration to the room/environment that you are recording your video. Please make certain you are well-lit — more light in front than behind you will make you more visible to the viewer. Also be mindful of miscellaneous items in the background that may be distracting to the viewer.
• Avoid recording near windows or rooms with excessive external noises that might distract the judges from listening to your playing.
• Please be certain to watch, and listen, your video before submission, checking for audio levels and visual presentation of the video overall.
• FAQs and further suggestions on making a high-quality video can be found by clicking here
Resumes should be no more than two pages in length. Please list experience you have had in the following areas:
• Primary Teachers
• Masterclass Performance Experience
• Orchestral Experience
• Chamber Music Experience
• Summer Festival Experience
• Teaching Experience
• Other employment experience, if any (e.g. Administrative, or other non-music employment)