<September 2014>
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
123456
7891011
12
13
1415161718
19
20
2122232425
26
27
28
2930

Audition FAQs

Application Process

a) What materials do I need to submit in order to apply for an audition?

b) What information needs to be on my resume?

c) Do I need to submit a tape?

d) When will I receive further information?

e) What if I need to cancel my audition?

f) What if I miss a deadline?

g) Can I request a specific audition time?

 

Audition Repertoire

a) How do I get the repertoire list?

b) Does the DSO provide copies of the required repertoire?

c) Measure numbers and/or rehearsal numbers don’t match with my music. How can I find out exactly where the excerpts are?  

d) I’m having trouble finding a particular piece or excerpt, what do I do?

e) Can I use my own music?

 

Travel Information

a) Does the DSO have special rates with any area hotels?

b) Which hotels are within walking distance?

c) Is it necessary to stay in a downtown hotel?

d) I’m flying in for the audition. Which airport should I use?

e) How much is cab fare from the airport to the Max M. Fisher Music Center?

f) Where exactly is the Max M. Fisher Music Center?

g) Is Orchestra Hall at a different location than the Max M. Fisher Music Center?

h) Where can I find some general travel information?

 

Audition Day

a) How early can I arrive for my audition?

b) Where do I park?

c) Where do I enter the building?

d) How much time will I have to warm-up?

e) Will a private warm-up space be available?

f) When can I find out what will be on the preliminary repertoire list?

g) Can I use my own music?

 

 

On Stage

a) What is the standard pitch for the DSO?

b) Will my audition be accompanied?

c) Is the audition held behind a screen? Is this a blind audition?

d) Who is this person onstage with me?

 

Post Audition

a) I’ve finished playing, now what?

b) When will I find out if I advanced?

c) Will comments be made available to me?

d) Can I find out who was on the committee?

e) What happens if I advance to the next round of the audition?

Application Process

a) What materials do I need to submit in order to apply for an audition?

In order to secure an audition time you will need to complete and submit an application form, a one-page resume, and a $100 USD audition deposit. The deposit check will be returned to you when you arrive for your audition or will be destroyed if you cancel before the deadline date.  The application form may be found on the DSO audition page.  

Applications and resumes may be sent electronically through email, but the deposit check must still be mailed; an application is only considered complete upon the arrival of all application components. Please note that all audition materials must be filled out completely and received by the application deadline, with the deposit, in order to secure an audition time.

 

Back to top

b) What information needs to be on my resume?

 

Your resume absolutely must include your name, instrument(s), complete contact information (including email address), and relevant work experience and/or education, including dates. As I scan through the stack of resumes the first information I look for is your name, instrument, and contact information. Next I look to see what you are currently doing.  Are you in school?  Do you have a job?  This is impossible to determine if you do not include dates on your resume. 

Please keep your resume to one-page. Additional pages are discarded, so please keep your resume concise.

Do NOT submit a biography; a biography does not work in lieu of a proper resume. Biographies will not be read.

The following information must appear clearly on your one-page resume:

(a)   Name

(b)   Instrument

(c)    Email Address

(d)   Telephone Number (cell preferred)

(e)   Current Mailing Address

      

 


Back to top

 

 

c) Do I need to submit a tape or CD?

No. The DSO does not require, nor accept recorded auditions. The only exception to this is for the DSO Fellowship Audition where the preliminary round is done via CD.

 

Back to top

 

 

 

d) When will I receive further information?

 

Usually, you will receive correspondence within 2-4 weeks.  ALL inital correspondence is done via email.

All information regarding the audition is posted on the DSO website. This information includes an information letter, which details the audition schedule, deadlines, etc., a repertoire list, and an application form. If, for some reason, the materials are not on the DSO audition page when the ad appears in The International Musician, it is because they are not yet available. It is my goal to have the website updated before the auditions are announced, but this is not always possible. I ask that you please be patient, and keep checking the audition page. Many times the information regarding the audition are posted without the repertoire list. This is because the list is not yet finalized. As soon as the repertoire list is finalized it will be posted to the website.

 

 

Back to top

 

e) What if I need to cancel my audition?

If you cancel before the deadline, no questions will be asked, and your deposit check will be destroyed.

If you need to cancel your audition past the deadline, you must have sufficient cause and documentation. For example, if you are sick, you will be required to submit a doctor’s note to confirm your illness. Of course, forces of nature, which disrupt travel plans, are justifiable cause and do not require documentation.

Failure to prepare sufficiently and canceling your audition time in order to save the committee’s time is not sufficient cause. While we appreciate your consideration, we will be unable to refund your deposit. 

If you have a pending issue, which may, or may not allow you to attend your audition, it is best to keep me apprised of the situation so that I can plan accordingly. I am happy to help in any way possible, but if I am not aware of the situation, there is nothing I can do.

This policy may seem overly strict to some, but please understand that much thought and care goes into the scheduling of these auditions, and to have the schedule disrupted needlessly is simply not fair to the other candidates, who may be asked to adjust their schedules to accommodate the absence. 

 


Back to top

 

 

f) What if I miss a deadline?


In all likelihood, your materials will not be accepted. If extenuating circumstances are at play, an exception may be made, but typically, this is not the case, and your materials will simply be discarded. Auditions are planned months in advance and simply forgetting to send in your resume, application and/or deposit on time is not an acceptable excuse.


Back to top

 

 

g) Can I request a specific audition time?

Yes. When you submit your application form, please attach a letter or note, or simply write your request on the first page of the application. This note should include your requested audition date and time, as well as your reason for the request. If you need to request a specific time, I strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. This greatly increases the odds of getting the day and time you need, as requests are honored on a first come, first served basis. 

If you receive an audition date or time that doesn’t work for you, you may submit a request at that time, but your request may not be granted, as it is much harder to change your audition time once it has been set. 

I am happy to help whenever possible, but you must plan ahead in order to allow me the opportunity to work with your schedule.

 

 

Back to top

Audition Repertoire

a) How do I get the repertoire list?

The repertoire list will be posted to the DSO audition page as soon as it is available.

Back to top

b) Does the DSO provide copies of the required repertoire?

Copies of music for audition repertoire will not be provided unless the piece is under copyright protection and/or unavailable for purchase.

Back to top

 

c) Measure numbers and/or rehearsal numbers don't match with my music.  How can I find out exactly where the excerpts are? 

Email the DSO personnel manager that runs auditions (audition@dso.org) in order to clarify the excerpt in question. 

Back to top

 

d) I'm having trouble finding a particular piece or excerpt, what do I do?

Try contacting the following music libraries. If the piece in question is unavailable, please contact the DSO personnel manager that runs auditions (audition@dso.org).


Luck's Music Library
32300 Edward
P.O. Box 71397
Madison Heights, MI 48071

http://www.lucksmusic.net

Phone (800) 348-8749 


Educational Music Service
33 Elkay Drive
Chester, NY 10918

http://www.emsmusic.com/

Phone (845) 469-5790
Fax (845) 469-5817

 

Edwin F. Kalmus, LC
P.O. Box 5011
Boca Raton, FL  33431
http://www.kalmus-music.com/

Phone (800) 434-6340
Fax (561) 241-6347


Back to top

 

e) Can I use my own music?


Absolutely. When you arrive for your audition you will be provided with copies of the repertoire for the preliminary round. If you wish to use your own music, please check the excerpts carefully with your music. Make sure your music is clearly marked and in the same order as the list provided.


Back to top

Travel Information

 a) Does the DSO have special rates with any area hotels?

The DSO has a couple of hotels that offer a slight discount. However, most people have been able to find better rates on such websites as www.orbitz.com, or www.priceline.com, just to name a few. A list of recommended hotels will be sent via email along with your scheduled audition date/time (including the special rate hotels).

 

Back to top


c) Which hotels are within walking distance?

Unfortunately, there are no hotels within walking distance. Most of the downtown hotels are a short cab ride away.

 

Back to top

 

c) Is it necessary to stay in a downtown hotel?

No. There are hotels near the airport and throughout the Metro Detroit Area. Again, a list of recommended hotels will be sent via email along with your scheduled audition date/time (including the special rate hotels).

Back to top

 

d) I'm flying in for the audition.  Which airport should I use?

If you are flying into Detroit, the airport that is most often used is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).  It is approximately 30 minutes west of the downtown area.

 

Back to top

 

e) How much is cab fare from the airport to the Max M. Fisher Music Center?

Cab fare is approximately $2.50 for the first mile, and $1.60 per each mile thereafter.  Cab fare from the airport should be around $40 to $50.  Contact one of the following cab companies to confirm current rates:

Checker Cab: (313) 963-7000

Lorraine Cab: (313) 582-6900

There are also additional cab/transportation services that do business out of Metro airport. Check the DTW Metro Airport website for additional options.

 

Back to top

 

f) Where exactly is the Max M. Fisher Music Center?

The Max M. Fisher Music Center is located at 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201. If you are taking a cab, please tell the driver you need to go to Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center between Warren and Mack on Woodward. 

There is also a Fisher Theater and Fisher Building in downtown Detroit, so if you're not clear, the cab driver may take you to the wrong place!

 

Back to top

g) Is Orchestra Hall at a different location than the Max M. Fisher Music Center?

No.  The Max M. Fisher Music Center is an expansion built upon Orchestra Hall. They are part of the same building. 

 

Back to top

 

h) Where can I find some general travel information?

Two excellent sources of travel information are www.yahoo.com, and www.visitdetroit.com.  You can find all sorts of maps and guides on Yahoo!  Visit Detroit is the official tourism site for Detroit.  There you can find a plethora of useful travel information, including hotel recommendations and area attractions. 

 

Back to top

Audition Day

a) How early can I arrive for my audition?


You should plan to arrive approximately one hour prior to your scheduled hour block.  Generally, a private warm-up space will be available when you arrive, or shortly thereafter.  If you arrive more than an hour in advance a warm-up space may not be available and you will have to wait in the musician's lounge. 

 

Back to top

 

b) Where do I park?

You can park in the parking structure on Parsons, just off Woodward Avenue. Parking is currently $7 per day.  The DSO does not validate parking.

 

Back to top

 

c) Where do I enter the building?


Enter the building via the stage entrance on the west side of the building. This is the side of the building opposite Woodward Ave. Once there, please check in at the audition registration table located immediately inside the stage door entrance. If the check in desk is vacant chances are I am escorting someone else to/from their warm-up room; please wait at the desk, as someone will be with you shortly.

 

Back to top

 

d) How much time will I have to warm-up?


Typically, you will have approximately 30-45 minutes in a private warm-up room to prepare for your audition. Playing is not allowed in the musician's lounge. 

 

Back to top

 

e) Will a private warm-up space be available?


Yes. Upon your arrival and check in, we will assign you a private warm-up space. If one is not immediately available, you will need to wait in the musician’s lounge until we have a space for you. As soon as one is available, you will be taken to your private warm-up space, where you will have approximately 30-45 minutes to warm-up before you go onstage. When it is your turn, someone will come get you, and usher you to the stage. In order to maximize each candidate’s time in the private warm-up space, we rotate these rooms for other candidates. Someone will most likely be in your room when you return from the stage. Please gather your things in a corner as a courtesy to your fellow candidates.

  

Back to top

 

 

f) When can I find out what will be on the preliminary repertoire list?


When you check in for your audition you will be given the repertoire list for the preliminary round and copies of the required excerpts. You may use your own music if you wish but please have it in the same order as the list provided.  

 

Back to top

 

g) Can I use my own music?

Absolutely. When you arrive for your audition you will be provided with copies of the repertoire for the preliminary round. If you wish to use your own music, please check the excerpts carefully with your music. Make sure your music is clearly marked and in the same order as the list provided.

 

Back to top

 

On Stage

 

a) What is the standard pitch for the DSO?


The DSO tunes to A=441

 

Back to top

b) Will my audition be accompanied?


No. All rounds of the audition will be unaccompanied.

 

Back to top

c) Is the audition held behind a screen?  Is this a blind audition?


Yes. All rounds of the audition will be played behind a screen. It is very important that you remain anonymous throughout the audition process. Before you begin to play you will be introduced by your candidate number. There will be a light-weight cloth screen between you and the committee. Please wear soft-soled shoes if at all possible. If you have a question, or need something, quietly address the proctor, who will be on stage with you. You may not directly address the committee under any circumstances.

 

Back to top

 

d) Who is this person onstage with me?


The proctor will be onstage with you during your audition. Most often, the proctor is either the Orchestra Personnel Manager or the Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager. This person is there in case you have any questions during your audition and to facilitate communication between you and the audition committee, if necessary. If you need to ask a question, please do so quietly. It is very important that you remain anonymous throughout the audition. You may not directly address the committee under any circumstances.

 

Back to top

Post Audition

a) I’ve finished playing, now what?

 

After you’ve finished playing your audition, return to your warm-up room, gather your things, and go to the musician’s lounge on the first floor to wait for the results from your hour block. It is important that you stay and wait for the results regardless of how you might feel about your playing.  

 

Back to top

 



b) When will I find out if I advanced?


After everyone in your hour block has played the committee will vote and you will be informed of the decision.

Back to top



 

c) Will comments be made available to me?


Unfortunately, we do not provide this service. This is a labor-intensive task and currently we simply do not have the resources.



Back to top

 

 d) Can I find out who was on the committee?


The committee is comprised of DSO musicians, but we will not specify who they are. 



Back to top



e) What happens if I advance to the next round of the audition?


First, congratulations! Following your successful audition you will need to speak to the Personnel Manger to see about details for the next round of the audition. It is important that you leave contact information with us so that we may get in touch with you.

 

Back to top