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JR B SHARP AUDITION & MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION



2017-2018 Audition Dates

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM
Valley Talent Education Center, 2048 Genesee St. Utica, NY
(This date coincides with the start of Rosh Hashanah. 
Under these special circumstances, an audition is available upon request.)

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:00 AM-Noon
Valley Talent Education Center, 2048 Genesee St. Utica, NY

Saturday, May 8, 2018, 10:00 AM-Noon
Valley Talent Education Center, 2048 Genesee St., Utica, NY



Applications due one week before the audition.
 
We will contact you the week before to set a specific audition time. 
Download application below.

For questions about auditions, contact Allyson Sklar, allysonsklar@gmail.com, 315 725-7005

 



 
 
 
Requirements for Membership
 
Applicants must be in grades 7-12 and must be studying music or drama with a private or school teacher. 
Music applicants must be able to perform at NYSSMA level 4 or above. 
Drama applicants must meet specific audition requirements listed for their category. 
All applicants must complete an Application Form including signatures of student, parent,
and music or drama teacher, to be given to the Student Membership Advisor. 
Students may apply for membership in more than one category,
or may add a category at any time during their membership,
provided the appropriate qualifications are met. 

Application by a B Sharp Scholarship Winner Students who have won a B Sharp Scholarship Award in the annual Scholarship Auditions held each March, will automatically qualify for Jr. B Sharp Club membership. 
No further audition is required.  Simply complete and return the application,
 indicating your Scholarship Award, category, and the year in which the award was won.
 
 
 
Expectations of members
 
 
1. Attend at least three club functions, two of which must be meetings.
2. Perform a solo or chamber work once a year at a monthly meeting.
3. Support executive officers and serve effectively on assigned committees.
4. Perform in solo or ensemble for club extension programs for area organizations, nursing homes, etc.
5. Pay annual dues of $20 to the club treasurer by Dec. 1st.
Audition Requirements 

Applicants will audition before the senior Student Membership Committee. 
 
Music applicants must provide their own accompanists and original copies of scores for the audition committee. 
 
All musical selections must be of original literature for the instrument (no arrangements or transcriptions).  Program should not exceed 10 minutes. 
Memorization is required for voice, piano, and drama applicants and is strongly recommended for all other categories. 
 
Specific audition requirements are as follows: 

Voice:  Applicant must have had at least one year of study, and must prepare two selections: 1) a selection by Handel, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Schubert, or an early Italian composer, and 2) a classical (not "pop") selection of the singer's choice, of contrasting period and language from the first selection. 

Piano:  Applicant must play from memory two selections: 1) one from the Baroque or Classical period; and 2) one from the Romantic or 20th/21st centuries.  All pieces must be original piano literature.  No arrangements, simplifications, or concerti. 

Organ:  Applicant must prepare two selections: 1) one of J.S. Bach’s organ compositions; and 2) a work from the pre-Bach organ repertoire, or a work by a 19th , 20th or 21st  century composer.
 
All Other Instruments:  Applicant must prepare two solo selections from different composers and musical periods, contrasting both in style and tempo, one of which may be unaccompanied.  Any work with composed accompaniment must be performed with accompaniment.  Selections must be from the repertoire of the instrument. 

Drama:  Applicant must perform two monologues from memory: 1) one classic (Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, Shaw, Sophocles, etc.); and 2) one contemporary (Neil Simon, Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepard, etc.).  One should be a comic piece and one serious.  A simple hand prop may be used.  A chair will be available.  Avoid monologues containing profanity.  No costumes.
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