The Cello Choir is an entry-level ensemble for the Community School’s pre-college orchestra program. Appropriate for both Suzuki and traditional cello students, emphasis is placed on introducing orchestral performance techniques, developing musicianship, and reinforcing reading skills. Approximately 16 student musicians are accepted each year.
All new and returning students must audition for placement.
Weekly on Wednesdays, 6–6:40 pm
Auditions for the 2020–21 academic year are canceled until further notice. Visit this page to learn more about fall semester updates.
Participants must study privately. No previous orchestral experience is necessary.
Minimum Age Requirement
Cello Choir: 3rd grade; must be eight years old, as of September 1, 2020
Recommended Level of Playing
Scherzo, C. Webster (Suzuki Vol. 3) and ability to read simple rhythms in first position
Auditions for the 2020–21 academic year will be held through an online submission. Starting in May, submissions can be made through the application below. The application will close on July 30.
Please record yourself playing the required pieces below for the ensemble and upload the video to YouTube:
- Any 2 or 3 octave scale of your choice.
- A polished solo piece. Choose 2 to 3 minutes that represent your technical skill and musicianship. (Please do not use an accompanist for the recording and note that the minimum playing requirement is Scherzo, C. Webster (Suzuki Vol. 3)
Online Submission Instructions
- Start your video by stating your full name and what ensemble(s) you are auditioning for.
- Please name the file by the following format: First name Last name.Instrument
For example, John Smith.Violin
- When uploading the video to YouTube, make sure the video is marked unlisted or public. If you do not want the video to be public, marking it unlisted will not allow the general public to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School.
- The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play.