OVERTURE . ALLEGRETTO
AUDITIONS FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGH ONLINE SUBMISSIONS.
STUDENTS WHO REGISTER TO AUDITION WILL BE CONTACTED IN EARLY MAY WITH VERY SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO COMPLETE THEIR ONLINE AUDITION SUBMISSION.
PLEASE REGISTER BY MAY 17TH. VIDEO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE DUE BY JUNE 1ST.
At Nextgen, our vision is to provide learning opportunities for instrumental music students of all ages and abilities through individual instruction, performance ensembles, community involvement, and music appreciation.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their intellectual and artistic capacity through playing a musical instrument and participating in a variety of musical ensembles and opportunities.
Students who wish to audition for Overture and Allegretto should prepare the following:
Overture: A solo or etude of your choice that displays your best playing (consider something at the district level). Students will also be asked to sight read.
Allegretto: A solo or etude of your choice that displays your best playing (consider something at the district), and an orchestral excerpt provided at registration. Students will also be asked to sight read.
Students who wish to be considered for both ensembles should chose that option when registering and prepare the materials for an Allegretto audition.
Options to audition:
1) An Overture only audition requires presenting a solo or etude at a difficulty similar to PMEA District audition repertoire. Your selection should demonstrate the best of your technical ability and musicianship. Sight reading will also be part of the audition.
2) An Allegretto only requires a solo or etude at a difficulty similar to the Pennsylvania Music Educators
Association (PMEA) District audition repertoire. The district audition solo piece is acceptable. In
addition, once registered for an audition, students will also receive an orchestral excerpt(s) to
also present in the audition. Sight reading will also be part of the audition.
3) An audition for both Overture and Allegretto, requires that the student should prepare at the
level of Allegretto, but if not accepted in Allegretto, would be seated in Overture. If a
student chooses to only audition for Allegretto and is not accepted into the ensemble, they will
not be seated in Overture. Please note that choosing to audition for both ensembles indicates you feel prepared to audition on the materials required for performance in Allegretto and that this may take more preparation time.
All students audition for both ensembles every season, both returning musicians and
new. Being a member in an Allegro Nextgen ensemble in one season is not a guarantee to be
accepted again in another season.
Regarding Membership in Nextgen:
It is expected that members of the Nextgen Youth Music program actively participate in their school ensemble, assuming that they have a school ensemble experience available to them. The Nextgen Youth Music program is not designed as a replacement or substitute for the student’s school music program, but rather as an enhancement of the school music program. Nextgen seeks to work in partnership with the music educators in the region, and this expectation is an important part of that relationship. In this way Nextgen participants are better equipped to be musical leaders in their school’s musical life. Where extenuating circumstances prevent the student from being an active participant in their school's ensemble, a written letter of permission to Nextgen must be obtained from the student’s school band or orchestra director. In the event that a student and their school director are not able to resolve this issue, Nextgen should be contacted, and the matter will be addressed by directors and administration of Nextgen on an individual basis.
Specific Ensemble Expectations:
Overture performs repertoire appropriate for high school age students and is generally
larger than 40 musicians. This ensemble is the appropriate next level in the Nextgen Youth Music
Program for students who participated in Intermezzo Strings or Winds.
Technical abilities and expectations include:
* Rhythm - Students should be proficient on dotted and syncopated rhythms
* Meters - Students should be proficient on simple and compound meters. Students should
have introductory experience in complex or mixed meters.
* Key signature - Students should be proficient in major and minor keys that have up to 3
sharps or flats. Students should have basic understanding of keys with 4 sharps or flats.
* Shifting (Strings) - Violin/viola: students should be proficient in 3rd position and have
introductory ability in 5th position, Cello/Bass: students should be proficient in positions 1 - 4.
* Percussion - students should be proficient on timpani and/or mallets and/or battery and
Allegretto is a highly select ensemble in the Nextgen Youth Music Program
performing professional level repertoire and is generally 35 to 40 musicians.
Technical abilities and expectations include:
* Rhythm - Students should be expert on dotted and syncopated rhythms
* Meters - Students should be expert on simple and compound meters and mixed meters.
* Key signature - Students should be proficient in all major and minor keys.
Strings: able to perform in all positions. Cellos should be familiar and competent in tenor clef.
Woodwinds: able to perform in all major and minor keys, with full range on their instrument.
Clarinets should have access to an “A” clarinet. Bassoons should be familiar and competent
with tenor clef.