The Young People's Auditions were conceived in the late 1950's by the Rockland Symphony Orchestra to select young soloists for perform at its Young People's Concerts. When the Rockland County Music Teachers Guild (RCMTG) was founded in 1962, it assumed responsibility for conducting the auditions and expanded the program to include a non- competitive division where students receive evaluations and ratings from an impartial panel of judges. Students will be heard by two impartial judges. For pianists, both judges will be pianists. For instrumentalists and singers, when there are five or more applicants for a given instrument, at least one will have expertise in the instrument. To insure anonymity, judges will be provided with the applicant's first name, age, grade in school and seasons studied, but not the teacher's name. Judges are selected from outside the RCMTG and outside the county when possible. Judges will select one work as "best performed." If the student qualifies for the Blue and Gold Recital, this will be the work performed. Comments regarding judging and grading should be addresssed to the audition chairs. Any unauthorized communication with judges, prior to or after the audition, may result in disqualification of the teacher or student the following season. Applicants must be of school age to 25 years. Vocal applicants must be at least 14. All must study with a member of RCMTG. If a student has not completed one season (30 weeks) with the current teacher by the application deadline, the student will need to written consent of the previous teacher. Concerto Division applicants must not have graduated high school. The teacher must be a member of RCMTG. Applicants must be of school age to 25 years. Vocal applicants must be at least 14. All must study with a member of RCMTG. If a student has not completed one season (30 weeks) with the current teacher by the application deadline, the student will need to written consent of the previous teacher. Concerto Division applicants must not have graduated high school. The teacher must be a member of RCMTG. Teachers must list exact repertoire and create a program under 10 minutes or under 20 minutes and indicate this on the application. Length of program determines the fee: under 10 minutes = $30, under 20 minutes = $40. In the ensemble division one fee covers the ensemble. In the Concerto Division, if program will run over 20 minutes, fee is $50. Teacher is required to indicate the exact length of the program to assist in appropriate scheduling of judges. Selections should demonstrate at least two contrasting moods or tempi, with the program arranged in any order. The student must provide the panel with one score of each selection whether or not the music is memorized. Avoid photocopies when possible. Transcriptions are permitted; simplified arrangements are not. Teachers are urged to select material well within the student's technical and emotional grasp. Three contrasting selections demonstrating a variety of styles, moods and tempi. CLASSICAL: Three selections in three languages demonstrating a variety of styles, moods and tempi.

MUSICAL THEATER: Three selections in a variety of styles, moods and tempi. All may be in English.

Students may enter both categories for a double fee, but no duplication of repertoire is allowed.

SOLO AND ENSEMBLE DIVISION applicants will not be required to perform from memory. Students who do perform from memory will receive special recognition in the Blue and Gold Program if they are selected. Judges will not alter grades of auditioners if music is memorized or not memorized. CONCERTO DIVISION applicants compete for the honor of performing with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra, a concerto movement or comparable work for solo instrument or voice and orchestra. The movement counts as one selection of the three works required. Follow the guidelines in Repertoire Requirements for the other two solo works. Any cuts to long scores in the concerto movement must be approved by the audition committee at the time of the application. Should the concerto be chosen for performance, the musical director of the RSO must approve cuts or change in repertoire. If the work is not standard repertoire, the teacher must determine availability of the orchestral score and parts. The RSO will generally accept one pianist, one instrumentalist and one vocalist. An alternate may be names in each category, to be used at the discretion of the RSO. The judges retain the right not to declare winners or alternates. The concerto movement must be memorized, the solo works are not required to be memorized.

All applicants (except solo piano) must provide an accompanist. The student is responsible for scores and fees. Names of accompanists are available on request.

*SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS, PLEASE REVIEW SEPARATE PAGE FOR DETAILS*
GRADES, RIBBONS AND STANDARDS

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(GOLD) Outstanding performance played with expression, style, taste, technical 99 security and poise. Any missed notes do not disturb the flow. Instrumentalists and 98 vocalists show mastery of intonation. Repertoire is appropriate for age and seasons of study. All three pieces are well mastered and ready for public performance.
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(BLUE) Superior performance, well prepared and executed. Perhaps one or two 96 musical or technical elements are not quite mastered, or there is a brief memory or 95 technical slip. Instrumentalists and vocalists demonstrate a pleasing level of intonation. At least two, if not all three, pieces are mastered and ready for public performance.
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(GREEN) Commendable performance, with moments of beauty. Although there is 93 some work worth noting, student may appear unnerved, or at times perform 92 hesitantly or perfunctorily. Instrumentalists and vocalists may show lapses in intonation. At least two pieces are not ready for public performance.
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(RED) Satisfactory performance, but perhaps a mechanical or academic rendition with 90 limited awareness of style and little attention to musical and technical elements. 89 Instrumentalists and vocalists may show poor intonation. Perhaps all three pieces or not ready for public performance.
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Unsatisfactory performance, unprepared and poorly executed. Perhaps severe memory or technical lapses. Student will receive a Certificate of Participation.
Teachers should review these standards with students and parents well before Audition Day. Each judge will give a grade from 88 to 100. The two grades will be averaged by the Audition Committee. Scores which average 1/2 will be rounded to the next higher grade. The average score determines the ribbon color. Teachers should pick up their evaluations and grades at the designated center at the end of Audition Day, or authorize someone to do so. Students who receive an average score of 95 or higher are invited to perform in the Blue and Gold Recital. The judges will have indicated the work to be performed at this recital. Teachers must notify the audition committee of their students' participation within 24 hours of receiving the evaluations, as the recital occurs two weeks after the auditions.


THE SCHOLARSHIPS

Applicants may only apply to one, not both of these scholarships.

There is no application fee.

The Eliza Malagraph Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Eliza Malagraph, a young cello student who passed away suddenly in 2017, we are offering a full season of lessons for the 2018-2019 year to a deserving young student of a bowed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass).

The RCMTG will provide $2,000 to the private teacher in full payment for one year of private lessons. This scholarship will only be offered through competitive audition in May 2018 and is a one-time memorial gift.

Applications will be provided upon recommendation and request of the private teacher from the Auditions Committee.

Requirements

Applicant must be a student of an RCMTG teacher for at least one year.

Applicant must be between Grade 6 and Grade 10 in school, or comparable age if home-schooled.

Applicant must demonstrate clear potential and musical intuition as well as a strong interest in continuing work at the instrument. Student will not be expected to play at an advanced level, though some evidence must be shown of promise and ability.

Application must be accompanied by teacher recommendation and parental permission.

No application fee will be required.

No remarks or adjudication will be provided. Judges may converse with the applicant.

Repertoire

Applicant will prepare an Audition as per the Guidelines for RCMTG Young People's Auditions: "3 contrasting selections demonstrating a variety of styles and at least two contrasting moods." Memorization will not be required.

The applicant's teacher may not be the accompanist for this audition.

Judges will award this scholarship regardless of financial need.

The Award

The teacher will receive a monthly tuition payment from the RCMTG during the teaching year to cover lessons with the winning applicant. Total amount will be $2000 for the year.

The George Bryant Scholarship

Established in 2017, The George Bryant Scholarship will be awarded through competitive audition in May 2018. This scholarship offers $4000 to a High School Senior of outstanding musical ability and potential who plans to continue as a Music Major at University or Conservatory.

The audition for this scholarship will be held on the same day as the RCMTG Young People's Auditions. The application is through the Auditions Committee upon request. There is no fee for this application.

Requirements:

The applicant must be a student of an RCMTG teacher who has been a member for at least the past 2 consecutive years.

The applicant will perform 3 works of varied periods and/or contrasting styles that clearly demonstrate technical expertise and expressive ability. Vocal candidates will be expected to sing in 3 languages. There will be 2 judges to adjudicate.

The audition is not required to be from memory, although this is strongly suggested.

The length of the audition should be at least 15 minutes, not to exceed 20 minutes. Judges are pemitted to talk with the applicant at the time of the audition.

Judges are not required to select a winner.. There will be no grades or evaluations offered. Judges will write a few comments to the Auditions committee explaining their choice. Their decision is final. A tie is possible, in which case the award will be divided evenly.

The Scholarship check will be made available to the winner(s) at tuition-paying time.

Financial need will not be a consideration in this award.

The RCMTG Scholarship

This Scholarship offers $2000 to a High School Senior of outstanding musical ability who plans to continue musical studies in college, not as a major.

The audition for this scholarship will be held on the same day as the RCMTG Young People's Auditions. The application is through the Auditions Committee upon request.

Requirements:

all requirements are identical to the George Bryant Scholarship, with the main difference that the applicant will not be planning to pursue Music as a major in college.

Auditions Application form

Concerto Competition Application form

Eliza Malagraph Memorial Scholarship Application form

Scholarship Application form