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Curtis audition question...

LidiyaSelLidiyaSel Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited September 2010 in Music Major
I just received a confirmation for a flute audition at Curtis and I was wondering if anyone knows how they select the people who get to come and perform a live audition? I've heard several things a) everyone receives an audition (this doesn't seem realistic) b) admissions reviews your application and then decides based on that whether or not to invite. Does anyone have any idea? Thank you!
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Replies to: Curtis audition question...

  • binxbinx Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    In general, I think they do look at resumes, references, and applications to weed out obvious non-contenders. People who have never taken lessons, and have no experience, for example.

    But everyone I know who has ever applied has been invited to audition, so I really don't know. I suspect the application fee helps to weed out some of those applying on a whim.

    [Of course, voice majors have to do a prescreen, so this doesn't apply to them.]
  • glassharmonicaglassharmonica Registered User Posts: 3,091 Senior Member
    Well, it costs $300 to audition, so the applicant pool is somewhat self-selecting. I think they look at your resume and decide if you are qualified...but I've never known anyone not to receive a Curtis audition.
  • BassDadBassDad Registered User Posts: 5,381 Senior Member
    Not only are the audition and the application fees fairly high at Curtis, they only hear auditions at the school. That makes the trip cost a lot more than the application fee for anyone not close to Philadelphia. They also reserve the right to terminate the audition after hearing just a few notes without refunding any of your money.

    Their instrumental audition repertoire is very challenging and, for some instruments, it does not mesh well with what other schools require. They tend to want to hear concerto repertoire, with cadenzas, entirely from memory.

    All of this makes it both expensive and difficult to prepare an audition for them, and they do rely on the applicant pool to do a lot of self-selection. They still get the occasional applicant who is nowhere near the level they want, but it does not take them long to sort them out.
  • POTO MomPOTO Mom Registered User Posts: 517 Member
    I know you said VP is a little different because of the prescreening but I hate to think I'm spending all that money if they haven't somewhat pre-qualified my D's skill level and determined that there is a possibility for acceptance.
  • binxbinx Registered User Posts: 4,318 Senior Member
    The application fee is "only" $150. If you apply late, though, it goes up to $350.
  • glassharmonicaglassharmonica Registered User Posts: 3,091 Senior Member
    >The application fee is "only" $150. If you apply late, though, it goes up to $350.

    This year it was $150 for part 1; when accepted for audition there is an additional $150 fee. My daughter sent in part 1 while still deciding whether to audition (Curtis requires her to have 6 extra movements memorized, and while she does know the repertoire, the question was did she want to risk potentially weakening the rest of her auditions for the longshot of getting into Curtis.) She's decided not to audition.
  • POTO MomPOTO Mom Registered User Posts: 517 Member
    Well, one audition left. Any tips on VP audition for Curtis? What is the typical scenario of the audition? Do you usually sing all of your songs or is that reserved for callbacks? Do they ask a lot of questions? Or maybe that is reserved for callbacks also? Thanks.
  • Cambridge MomCambridge Mom Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    Best of luck POTO Mom, particularly given your NEC experience. May the last audition go smoothly!
  • POTO MomPOTO Mom Registered User Posts: 517 Member
    Thanks. I would hope that third week of March would be past prime snow season but then I do live in the south. We will already have spring flowers planted by then!
  • MarjecatMarjecat Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    POTO Mom, when is your Curtis audition? My D has woodwind auditions Friday, I can report to you after that.
  • POTO MomPOTO Mom Registered User Posts: 517 Member
    Voice auditions aren't until March 22-23. We fly in on Sunday. Then her "show up" time is 2:30 on Monday. They lottery the warm up times so sometime in the next two hours after 2:30 she will get the practice room and then 30 minutes later will audition. I was interested to know if auditions work similarly to others where you choose the first song and they choose the second. Or if you sing all 4 songs. I was assuming that you did two songs the first day and if you made it to callbacks the next day, you might get to sing the other two. HOwever, it's just a guess. Email also says there can be some sight singing involved so didn't know if that was day 1 or 2 either. Just wondering what to expect.
  • ABlestMomABlestMom Registered User Posts: 598 Member
    Hi POTO Mom,
    My daughter auditioned 3 years ago and the scenario then was you pick the first and they picked the second. Her first song was close to 8 minutes long and they let her sing it all and had her sing all of the second. Best of luck!
  • POTO MomPOTO Mom Registered User Posts: 517 Member
    Thanks. I did confirm that they will not be doing tours so my D has a friend who is going to show her around. Sounds like your D sang a pretty big song on the first go around.
  • RichardHKRichardHK Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    Anyone heard anything about BM Composition auditions at Curtis? I know they are running late in arranging these, with last week of March for auditions. But would think invites should have been out by now (?).
  • Singersmom07Singersmom07 Registered User Posts: 3,885 Senior Member
    RichardHK, you need to get in touch with them first thing Monday and confirm they have everything. The year DD was going to audition there they lost half of her package. They were going to let her send a copy in and they would see what they could do, but by then she had already decided on a university setting so she let it go.
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