AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Entrance auditions are required for all COS programs. Auditions for orchestras are held
in June for the following academic year. Auditions for other programs and additional
orchestral auditions are arranged by appointment only.

 

  • Kinder Orchestra - Auditionees are required to play major scales and arpeggios on 1-2 octaves and a solo piece of choice. Sight-reading selections may be asked and a short musicianship test will be given. 
  • Sinfonia Orchestra - Auditionees are required to play select major and minor scales and arpeggios on 2 octaves, select orchestra excerpts (to be given 2 weeks before audition date, except for winds auditionees), and a solo piece of choice. Sight-reading selections may be asked and a short musicianship test will be given. 
  • Junior Symphonic Ensemble (JSE) - Auditionees are required to play major and minor scales and arpeggios on 3 octaves, select orchestra excerpts (to be given 2 weeks before audition date), and a solo piece of choice. Sight-reading selections may be asked and a short musicianship test will be given. 
  • Young Symphonic Ensemble (YSE) - Auditionees are required to play major and minor scales and arpeggios on 3 octaves, select orchestra excerpts (to be given 2 weeks before audition date), and a solo piece of choice. Sight-reading selections may be asked and a short musicianship test will be given. Emphasis will be given on good tone quality.
  • Elite String Ensemble (ESE) - In addition to the JSE/YSE requirements above, those seeking to join the ESE are required to have chamber music experience. ESE is a by invitation AND invitation to audition program.
  • Wind Ensemble - In addition to the JSE/YSE requirements above, those seeking to join the wind ensemble are required to have chamber music experience.

 

COS classes and rehearsals are held at the Long Island High School for the Arts, 239 Cold Spring Road Syosset, NY 11791.