Audition

Brief Summary:

  • Audition for Summer Concert in June, July, or Aug. 2023
  • How to Apply: audition online
  • When to Audition: deadlines 12/31 for piano concerto competition & 3/31 for orchestra | band | choir
  • When to Register: within 30 days if accepted
  • When to Rehearse: three intensive rehearsal prior to the concert.

Detailed Information:

Audition for Honor Ensembles: perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall in June, July, or August, each year (Update: The penciled date for our 2023 Summer Concert will be available in September 2022) as one of the following honor groups:

  • Summer Season Youth Orchestra (5th-12th school grade)
  • Summer Season Youth Band (7th-12th school grade)
  • Summer SATB Chamber Singers (5th-12th school grade)

Application for Summer Festival Choir: a local school or children/youth/community choir can be an invited choral ensemble as one of the festival choirs. Sing your own repertoire in an allotted time! Sing a choral symphony with the orchestra! The deadlines for this summer festival choir are subject to change. To receive the application form, email us at admin@layouthphilharmonic.com

How to Apply: audition online

Students: Click here and provide your contact information in order to receive the Audition Application Form & Online Audition Process Guideline. Click Strings, Woodwind/Brass/Percussion, Piano/Organ, or Honor Choir/Voice for our suggested audition repertoires.

Teachers/Nominators/Directors/Educators: How do I nominate my students? The nomination process is simple. Guide your students to click the link above to fill out their basic contact information to receive the Audition Application Form. In this form, students are required to provide their teacher’s contact information as their nominator, so you need to provide your students with your email address and phone number as a nominator. A recommendation letter or nomination ID is NOT required. If you need more information like Audition Application Form or Audition Process Guideline for students, email us at layouthphil@gmail.com

When to Audition:

  • Piano Concerto Competition: Nov. 30 – Dec. 31, each year
  • Audition for Orchestra | Band | Choir: Feb. 1 – March 31, each year

When to Register: All the qualified performers who passed the audition must register to be a registered performer. If a student performer does not register, the opening will be filled by a student performer on the waiting list.

  • Registration for Piano Concerto Competition Winners: Jan. 15- Feb. 1, each year
  • Registration for Orchestra | Band | Choir: April 15- May 15, each year

When to Rehearse: Three intensive rehearsals take place prior to the concert in-person or online (TBA). Attending all rehearsals is mandatory for accepted student performers to qualify as finalists.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Timeline, age requirement, playing level, & audition

Q: What is the timeline?

A: Here is our normal calendar.

  • November 30 – December 31, each year: piano concerto competition opens (audition video submission deadline: December 31)
  • January 1 – 15: piano concerto competition results notified via email
  • February 1 – March 31: each year: online audition for orchestra | band | choir opens (audition video submission deadline: March 31)
  • April 1 – 15: audition results for orchestra | band | choir notified via email
  • May 1 – June 30: music sent to the selected performers
  • June – July: the selected performers individually rehearse and prepare
  • Three rehearsals prior to concert; in-person or online

Q: What is the age/grade range/audition level? 

A: The auditions are open to the students in 5th-12th school grade for orchestra | choir and 7th-12th school grade for band. Younger students who have been playing an instrument or singing in a choir at an earlier age and their playing level is above Level 5 “with distinction” in our syllabus may apply for the audition. College students are welcome. Click Strings, Woodwind/Brass/Percussion, Piano/Organ, or Honor Choir/Voice to figure out your current playing level.

Q: How to apply?

A: All the audition process is online. Click “Contact” on our website menu to receive the Online Audition Process Guideline.

Q: I am a returning student. Do I need to apply for the audition again?

A: Yes, all returning and new students must take an audition every year.

Q: Is it all right if I am also a member of another symphonic/orchestral/choral organization? 

A: Yes, it is. Our program is a summer music festival.

Q: Would a classical guitarist be included? 

A: The guitar is not included in the orchestra, but we love to perform a piece for guitar solo and orchestra. Classical guitar students may apply for a soloist.

Fee, ticket sale, & donation

Q: What, if any, cost is involved? 

A: The audition application fee is $55 (per student; non-refundable); There will be the registration fee ($195) for each qualified student who passes the audition, and this fee for each performer will cover all the rehearsal expenses.

Q: Do you sale concert tickets?

A: The Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office will start selling tickets 4-6 weeks prior to the concert. 

Q: Do you accept donations?

A: We welcome donations as the fee and ticket sale do not meet the rehearsal and concert expenses.

Rehearsals

Q: Where will the rehearsal/performance be held? 

A:  The rehearsals take place at a school or church in Pasadena, downtown LA, or online. The performance will be held at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Q: Do you have any other information regarding the frequency, duration, or schedule of rehearsals? 

A: There will be three intensive rehearsals prior to the concerts. Each rehearsal runs about four to eight hours. The drafted rehearsals are three Saturdays 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM for orchestras/band and three Sundays 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM for choirs. The rehearsal schedules will be confirmed in April or May each year.

Performance

Q: Where does the summer concert take place?

A: Walt Disney Concert Hall (physical address: 111 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012)

Q: Can you provide any information as to what/how many pieces each ensemble will be doing?  

A: The repertoire will include original concert pieces, concerto, vocal pieces, & arrangements. Each group will perform about 20-30 minutes respectively including the stage walk-in/out process.

Dress Code

Q: What is the attire/dress code for the rehearsal/performance?

A: For rehearsal & performance:

For rehearsals: free dress

For performance:

  • Boys: White long-sleeve collared shirt with a black necktie (not a bowtie), black dress pants, black dress socks, and black dress shoes (no sneakers/boots, no hat).
  • Girls: White long-sleeve blouse, black floor-length skirt or dress pants, black dress stockings, and black dress shoes (no white stockings); hair band or hair pin for long hair style
  • Soloists: Free-colored formal concert dress

Music binder & choral foler

Q: What kind of music binder does a student performer need?

A: Each individual performer needs to have an orchestra binder or choral folder even though stringed instrumentalists share a music stand: orchestra binder (color: black/dark; ring size: ½ inch; paper size: letter; available online: click here Staples Office Depot ); choral folder (click here Choral Folder or 1/2 Inch Binder White)

Lodging

Q: Do you offer housing options for students not in the near vicinity?

A: No. If you travel from another state or country, you need to arrange your travel/stay plan by yourself. You may visit https://www.airbnb.com/, https://www.expedia.com/, https://www.priceline.com/ for travel and hotel information.