Audition

Brief Summary:

  • Audition for Summer Concert on Sat. July 9, 2022
  • How to Apply: audition online
  • When to Audition: deadlines 12/31, 3/31, 5/15, 6/15 each year
  • When to Register: within 30 days if accepted
  • When to Rehearse: three intensive rehearsal prior to the concert.

Announcement: The late auditions are now open. You may submit your audition video earlier than the deadlines at your convenience, and you will receive the audition result in advance.

Detailed Information:

Audition for Honor Ensembles: perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall in June, July, or August, each year (Update: Sat. July 9, 2022 is the date for our 2022 Summer Concert) as one of the following honor groups:

  • High School Summer Honor Orchestra
  • 4th-8th Grade Summer Honor Orchestra
  • 7th-12th Grade Summer Concert Band
  • High School SATB Honor Choir
  • 4th-8th Grade SSA/SATB Honor Choir
  • Adult SATB Summer Honor Choir

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 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, 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: Complete as early as possible before the openings are filled.

  • Early Audition: Nov. 30 – Dec. 31, each year
  • Regular Audition: Feb. 1 – March 31, each year
  • Late Audition 1: April 16 – May 15, each year
  • Late Audition 2: May 16 – June 15, 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.

  • Early Registration: Feb. 1 – March 31, each year
  • Regular Registration: April 1 – May 15, each year
  • Late Registration 1: May 16 – June 15, each year
  • Late Registration 2: June 16 – July 2, 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)

Q: What is the timeline?

A: Here is our draft.

  • November 30, each year: early online audition opens (audition video submission deadline: December 31)
  • January 1-15: early audition results notified via email
  • February 1: each year: regular online audition opens (audition video submission deadline: March 31)
  • April 1-15: regular audition results notified via email
  • April 1: late online audition opens (deadline: May 15 & June 15)
  • May 16 – June 23: late audition results notified via email
  • June 1-30: 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: Age requirement is over 4th school grade (4th through 12th). 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: No problem! 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.

Q: What, if any, cost is involved? 

A: The audition fee is $35 for early, $45 for regular, and $55 for late application (per student; non-refundable); There will be the registration fee (early $175; regular $185; late $195; online $150) for each qualified student who passes the audition, and this fee for each performer will cover all the rehearsal expenses. The concert hall ticketing company will start selling tickets 4-6 weeks prior to the concert. 

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.

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

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)

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.

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 solo piece, & arrangements. Each group will perform about 20-30 minutes respectively including the stage walk-in/out process.