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 noncompetitive 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 Rockland County and outside the RCMTG. 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. 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 = $35. In the ensemble division one fee covers the ensemble. In the Concerto Division, if program will run over 20 minutes, fee remains $35, but 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. Transcriptions are permitted; simplified arrangements are not. Teachers are urged to select material well within the student's technical and emotional grasp. Three selections from different periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary. OR Three contrasting selections by three composers from one period, demonstrating variety within a particular style. Three contrasting selections by three different composers.

CLASSICAL: Three selections in three languages: 1. Foreign language Art Song, 2. Art Song in English, 3. Operatic aria or a second foreign language Art Song.

MUSICAL THEATER: Three selections, all may be in English: 1. Operetta aria or Art Song in English, 2. Selection from pre- 1960 musical theater work (stage version), 3. Selection from post- 1960 musical theater work (stage version).

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 as well as the solo pieces.

All applicants (except solo piano) must provide an accompanist. In the Concerto Division, the accompanist may not be the applicant's teacher. The student is responsible for scores and fees. Names of accompanists are available on request.

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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 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 judging center at the end of Audition Day, or authorize someone to do so. If the results have to be mailed, there will be a delay of several days in receiving the information. 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.
Auditions Application form

Scholarship Application form