ACT String Ensemble
A new ensemble commencing in 2023
The ACT Instrumental Music Program is seeking students who will be in Years 4-6 in 2023 to audition for the ACT String Ensemble (SE). The SE will rehearse on Wednesday afternoons from 4.30pm till 5.30pm during school terms at the IMP facilities adjacent to UCHS Kaleen. The ACT String Ensemble will be conducted by Vivianne Anthrak. The ensemble is an extension and performance opportunity for past and present students of the IMP String Program in ACT Education Directorate Primary Schools. The ensemble will perform at a range of Directorate and Community events throughout the year.
The ACT String Ensemble is an excellent opportunity for hard-working, skilled and committed young string players to work together in an enriching environment. The ensemble members will study and perform challenging repertoire, often by contemporary Australian composers. Membership in the SE is for one year. Students will be required to re-audition for the String Ensemble each year if they wish to continue.
The cost for membership in the SE is $100. You will be required to purchase the String Ensemble polo shirt and students will be required to wear black formal slacks and black shoes for performances. Auditions for the SE will be held online in late Term 4. Audition times will be allocated after the closing date for applications, and you will be notified of this specific date and time by email. You will be advised of the results of the audition by the end of Term 4 2022. Rehearsals will commence in Week 3 of Term 1 2023 and will continue throughout the year, during school terms only.
Audition applications for 2023 now closed
- Three scales and arpeggios from your copy of Essential Elements for Strings (Violin Book 1)
- D Major - Exercise #183 on Page 42
- G Major (low octave) - Exercise #184 on Page 42
- G Major (high octave)- Exercise #185 on Page 42
You need to prepare all three exercises but you will be asked to play only TWO at your audition. The auditioner will choose which ones you will play.
- Two pieces from your copy of Essential Elements for Strings (Violin Book 1)
- Piece #91 on Page 25
- Piece #106 on Page 28
- You will also need to play one short sight-reading piece. This will be music that you have never seen before. It will not be given to you until your audition.
The purpose of the audition is to determine the student’s skills in musicianship, listening, tone production and intonation (playing in tune). During the audition, students will also be assessed in regard to their confidence, independence, focus, ability to follow instructions and performance readiness.