Live Audition Application Deadline:
11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday, January 11, 2019
Video Audition Application Deadline:
11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday, February 15, 2019
A $90.00 non-refundable application fee applies.
Please click here for audition repertoire lists.
Live auditions for the 2019-2020 Civic season will be held in cities listed below. Please note applicants will play the list of solos/excerpts for a video recording at these locations to be reviewed at a later date by musicians of the CSO. Live audition applications are open only to violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, and tuba. Harp applicants must submit a video audition. Percussion, timpani, and keyboard applicants: please see below for instructions. Please note the application deadline for live auditions is Friday, January 11, 2019.
Live audition applications and time slots will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis after the Civic application has been submitted via Acceptd. As there are limited time slots available for live auditions, applicants will be notified via email on or before January 18, 2019 whether or not they have been granted a live audition. Applicants who do not receive a live audition time slot may still submit their own video recording as part of their application on Acceptd. No walk-in auditions allowed. Please note due to the volume of applications and limited time for review, comments will not be provided for applicants. The application fee of $90 is non-refundable.
Live Auditions 2019:
Boston — February 10–11
Chicago — February 1, 4, 5 (additional dates may be added pending number of applicants)
New York — February 13–14
Cleveland — February TBA
Oberlin — February 8
Percussion* — April 26 in Chicago (live audition is for finalists only, see instructions below)
Timpani — May 3 in Chicago (all rounds will be held on this date)
Keyboard — March 11 in Chicago
*Percussion applicants must submit a video recorded audition as the preliminary round. Applicants who are selected as finalists will be notified as such by Friday, March 8, 2019, and will be required to audition live at Symphony Center in Chicago on April 26, 2019. No walk-in auditions will be accepted.
All timpani and keyboard applicants must audition live at Symphony Center. Please see above for audition dates. 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.
Click here to apply for the 2019/20 Civic Orchestra Season.
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 short introduction video. (required of all applicants, see note below)
6. 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?
7. Request a live audition time slot, or record and upload a video audition.
Interview Video Requirements:
- • Begin the separate interview 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 be 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.
Video Audition Requirements:
- 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. Please note due to the volume of applications and limited time for review, comments will not be provided for applicants.
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.
GENERAL VIDEO GUIDELINES
Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra listen and view all live and submitted video auditions. The reviewers expect high quality video recordings that are the best possible representation of an 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:
- • Education
- • 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)