F.A.Q.

Audition FAQ (11)

Do I need to audition?

If you are applying for the Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra, you will be required to audition. If you are applying for Le Petite Musique Orchestre you do not need to audition, but you will have a brief placement piece to prepare for the first rehearsal.

When are the auditions?

Auditions are generally held in May, June and July by appointment.  Auditions are held year throughout the year when a seat is available.  Email the director to inquire – info@mslmorchestra.com

When should I arrive at my audition?

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.

What should I wear to my audition?

Wear clothes that are comfortable to perform in. Nice casual is appropriate.

Should I bring anything with me to my audition?

Yes, bring your instrument and anything else that you might need. Bring a photocopy of your music for the adjudicator.

Do I need to bring a music stand?

No, we have music stands.

What should I plan to perform at my audition?

Be prepared to play a solo of your choice, approx. 3 min. in length that reflects your highest level of performance PLUS be able to demonstrate your ability on Major scales and arpeggios and possibly a little sight-reading.
VIOLINS/VIOLAS/HARP

  • 3 octave major scales
  • 3 min. unaccompanied Classical or Baroque solo of your choice
  • light sight-reading

CELLOS/BASSES/WOODWINDS/BRASS

  • 2 octave major scales
  • 3 min. unaccompanied classical or Baroque solo of your choice
  • light sight-reading

PERCUSSION

  • 2 octave major scales on orchestra bells/xylophone
  • demonstrate rudiments on snare
  • Solo of your choice

Will I be required to sight-read?

Easy sight-reading may be added.

Do I need to memorize my music?

No, you will not need to memorize your music.

Do I need to bring an accompanist?

No, all auditions will be unaccompanied.

What ages are accepted into the orchestras?

We accept ages 7-14 for our La Petite Musique Children’s Orchestra and ages 12-24 for our Youth Symphony Orchestra, Honors Chamber, and Jazz Orchestra.
After 24, you may apply to MSLM’s Professional Orchestra.

Other Youth Symphony FAQ (9)

What is the MSLMYSO Guild and who are the members?

The MSLM Guild is comprised of individuals and businesses that support music and music education in our community. They are the sponsors and donors that make it possible for us to keep our tuition low and keep the music playing. Guild members are listed in our programs and on our website in a place of honor.

When are rehearsals?

You will receive a full schedule upon your acceptance into the orchestra. MSLM rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons and LPMO rehearse on Wednesday evenings.

How does a student qualify to get into the Honors Chamber Orchestra?

Membership in the Honors Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra is by invitation only by the conductor. Members are chosen based on their commitment and proficiency.

How many rehearsals can I miss?

You may miss one rehearsal per trimester. The last three rehearsals before a concert are mandatory. If you are ill, we prefer that you not come to the rehearsal.

Do I need to be taking private lessons on the instrument that I am playing in orchestra?

Yes. If you need a teacher, we will provide you with a list of wonderful instrumental music teachers.

If I am accepted into the orchestra, when will I receive my music?

All musicians will receive their music packet at the first rehearsal during our summer weekend program.

How hard will the music be?

All students who are accepted will be capable of performing all of the music that we perform. The music will be fun and a few pieces a bit challenging. We use the system of music to glow about and music to grow with. You will be surprised how much music and the wide range of styles and levels you will be able to accomplish successfully over the course of a concert season.

What is TLC – Teen Leadership Club – and how do I become a member?

All MSLMSYO members are automatically members of TLC. The orchestra plans social events and act as leaders between the orchestra and the conductor throughout the year. They are also apprised of upcoming opportunities – music, scholarships, resume writing, audition techniques, interviewing skills at specific meetings. Meetings are held on the first YSO rehearsal day of each month immediately after the rehearsal. Meetings are only 30 minutes in length.

Does the orchestra engage in social events outside of music?

Yes, the TLC plans parties and events that range from going to concerts, to pizza parties, beach parties and cosmic bowling. Being a member of MSLMYSO is being part of a team and also knowing that you are surrounded by friendships, many that will last a lifetime.

Honors Chamber FAQ (1)

How does a student qualify to get into the Honors Chamber Orchestra?

Membership in the Honors Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra is by invitation only by the conductor. Members are chosen based on their commitment and proficiency.

Parent FAQ (4)

How much parent participation is required?

All families (either or both parents) are expected to donate a minimum of 8 hours of service to the orchestra each concert season (September – June). 
If a parent wishes to opt out of participation they can opt out by making an additional $200 donation to the MSLM Orchestras general operations funds.

What is PAC – Partners’ Action Committee – and who are the members?

As the name implies, this group is comprised of the parents, grandparents and community music activists. All parents of MSLMYSO and LPMO students are required to participate in the bi-monthly meeting.

What does PAC do?

PAC is the fundraising and support team of MSLM Orchestras. They plan fundraising events, assist at concerts and help with the logistics of the orchestra so that they conductor and the students can make music.

My parents work and it might be difficult for me to get to rehearsals. Are there any options for transportation?

Yes, many families carpool to rehearsals. If you are in need of a ride, we will, with parental written permission, give you the name and phone number of another orchestra member in your area who might be able to take you to and from rehearsals.

Tour FAQ (5)

When are the concert tour years and where do you go?

The orchestra does local run-out concerts every year. On odd-numbered years (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019. . .) the orchestra embarks on a grand tour. 2013 – Austria, 2015 – Australia . . . these are examples.

Can students go on tour without a parent?

Students ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent while on tour. Students ages 16 – 19 will be assigned a chaperone while on tour and must have a signed release to go on tour without a parent.

How much does a tour cost?

This will vary depending on the destination, fuel costs, hotel costs, etc. Generally speaking tours usually cost between $2,600 and $4,800.

How are tours funded?

Tours are funded through a combination of parent contributions and fund-raising. Our Gala Benefit Concert utilizes the proceeds specifically for tours. Students also have the option of performing in a series of “Play-a-thons” that will benefit that specific student and we also plan additional optional fund-raising events during tour years.

Are tours mandatory?

Yes, all members should plan to go on tour.

Concert FAQ (4)

Do orchestra members have specific concert attire?

MSLMYSO, HCO, JO – Yes, all of our male members wear a black tuxedo outfit and all of our female members where a long formal black concert outfit. For casual concerts and when traveling as a group, members wear the official MSLMYSO black polo shirt. These outfits are purchased through our formalwear chairperson in September at a greatly reduced rate. The formalwear and casual wear package is only $150 complete. Students only need to supply their own black dress shoes and socks.

LPMO – also has a special polo shirt that is to be worn with black dress slacks.

What if I have a school conflict that prohibits me from being at a concert?

Every effort is made to ensure that we do not conflict with school concerts, SAT, ACT exams or finals weeks. Every student brings in his/her schedule from school at the beginning of the season and we build around that. In the rare chance a conflict does arise, the student needs to give the conductor two months notice regarding the conflict. If notice is given after the two month period, the student will need to pay $175 for a qualified professional substitute to take his/her place at that concert. Everyone is important. It is VERY rare that a school conflict arises.

How many concerts are in a season?

Generally, our concerts are on Sunday afternoons with a few Saturday nights mixed in. We are still finalizing our local concert schedule. We perform a concert in October (Halloween Spooktacular) December, (Christmas/Hanukkah Concert), March (Gala Benefit Concert), May or June (Spring Fling Concert), August (Hot Summer Nights Pops Concert), plus HCO and JO perform two or more concerts.

What if I am ill and need to miss a rehearsal or concert?

If you are ill, please do not come to the rehearsal! We do not want you to get worse or others to catch your illness. If you are too sick to perform at a concert, you will need to pay for a qualified professional substitute. The conductor will hire the substitute for you.

Financial FAQ (4)

How are tours funded?

Tours are funded through a combination of parent contributions and fund-raising. Our Gala Benefit Concert utilizes the proceeds specifically for tours. Students also have the option of performing in a series of “Play-a-thons” that will benefit that specific student and we also plan additional optional fund-raising events during tour years.

How much does a tour cost?

This will vary depending on the destination, fuel costs, hotel costs, etc. Generally speaking tours usually cost between $2,600 and $4,800.

What are the financial costs associated with membership in MSLMYSO?

• $429 MSLMYSO Tuition Fee (incl. summer music workshop, beach party & participation fee)
• $150 MSLMYSO includes both formal and casual concert attire
• Sell a minimum of 6 tickets to the Gala Benefit Concert
• $300 tax deductible minimum donation to the MSLMYSO Guild
• Optional – by invitation only – $249 Tuition Fee for Honors Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra (including additional rehearsals and concerts)

Are need based scholarships available?

Yes, need based scholarships are available to qualified students. All need-based scholarships are kept confidential. Talk directly to the music director or check the box on the application, if you have a question or need.