Auditions take place before the fall semester begins for our ensembles. Auditions are for new students, students wishing to move to the next ensemble, move from violin 2 to violin 1 sections in our orchestras, participate in a leadership position (ISO, CSO, YS orchestras), if you are new to the DUSS chamber program, or wish to participate in the DUSS Ciompi Quartet Collaborative.
We are not able to have winds and brass in our Youth Symphony Orchestra at this time, however we are accepting audition videos from winds, brass, and percussion students for when we are able to bring these instruments back.
Come learn about the Duke University String School, meet the instructors, and learn about new events each year on Zoom at our Fall Orientation @2pm on Saturday, August 28th.
Auditions will be by video submission for Fall 2021. We will only review auditions of students who are registered by the audition deadline on 8/26.
Audition Guidelines: Students wishing to move to the next ensemble, move up from violin 2 to violin 1, are new to the DUSS chamber music program, or wish to participate in the DUSS Ciompi Quartet Collaborative should follow the ensemble guidelines listed HERE for piece and scale selection. Memorization of the selected scale and piece is preferred but not required. Before you record, confirm your scale and piece selection with your teacher. Students working on lengthy solo pieces need only record a maximum of 5 minutes of the piece. Students with shorter pieces should record the entire piece.
Students wishing to audition for leadership in an orchestra (ISO, CSO, YS) they are already in need only to submit a video of the leadership excerpts posted on each ensemble's blogs or "news" pages.
Students wishing to audition for a new ensemble/section and leadership role should submit the appropriate scale, piece, and leadership excerpts.
Videos submitted must be from recordings made between June 1, 2021 – August 26, 2021.
There is no sight reading component for Fall 2021 chamber/ensemble placement.
Deadline for all video submissions: Thursday, August 26, 2021, 11:59pm.
Please note that students are placed in ensembles based on their ability level, not their age.
There are 2 ways to submit a video:
Upload a scale and solo piece to YouTube and send the video link(s) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We recommend you make the video “unlisted” so that it is not public. Include the student’s full name, piece title, and what they are auditioning for in the email.
Upload the scale and solo piece to your own Google Drive Folder and share the folder with email@example.com with “edit access." In the sharing settings, also mark down "anyone with link can access the video" so that teachers on different computers can view the video. Include the student’s full name, piece title, and what they are auditioning for in the shared Google Drive folder.
Note: Do not delete the video for 1 month so that we can have access to it. If you delete the video from your Google Drive, we will not be able to view it. You may receive multiple emails from teachers’ emails requesting permission to view the video.