Dear past and future members of Westwood Ensemble,

There is an audition process for being a member of Westwood Ensemble and a suggested membership donation of $20. This donation will go towards our performance and rehearsal liability insurance, and concert hall rental. The fee will entitle you to any membership discounts negotiated by me for members, such as KC Strings.  The donation is for the season. You are considered a member once you are accepted into the group. The donation can be paid via our website using the donate button, in cash at the first rehearsal, or a check made out to Westwood Ensemble. Mail checks to: 1917 West 48th Street, Westwood, KS 66205.

Your audition should be done on video or in person. If you prefer playing for me personally contact me to make the arrangements.  A cell phone video is acceptable. Auditions are for strings only. They are for new string players. You do not need to re-audition each season if you have already auditioned.

Wind and percussion players should send a resume and have references.

I hope you do not feel stressed by this process. Hearing you play will help me in music selection, seating, teaching the music and organizing rehearsals. There is no plan to eliminate players from participating and you are not expected to play perfectly.

If you plan to play the opening concert your audition should be done by Aug 1, 2019. Those who still would like to audition after Aug. 1 may do so for later concerts.

Audition requirements for string players, in the following order:

  1. Scale, 3 octaves, no vibrato, play quarter notes, quarter note = 120, separate bows, one note to a bow.
  2. Solo of your choice; 1-2 minutes only.
  3. Scale requirements:
    • Violin; A major
    • Viola; D major
    • Cello; D Major
    • Bass; G major

Recorded video auditions, live auditions and questions you may have should be sent to me at lanejonathan55@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Jonathan

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