Sight Reading

The fourth and final part of the audition is sight reading. Many students struggle with sight reading, as it can be an intimidating task. There is no secret to learning how to sight reading well. Frequent practice sight reading is the best solution. In addition, practicing scales is very useful, as you will be able to quickly identify the key of the sight reading and use muscle memory from playing scales in that key.

This year, students auditioning for Opus One, Sinfonietta or Concert Orchestra strings will receive an envelope with the sight-reading music. You may not open the envelope until recording has started.

Take 15-20 seconds to look at the sight reading excerpt before you begin to play. Determine the key of the piece and quickly scan for any accidentals. Think about the meter and choose a slower tempo for improved accuracy rather than one that is too fast. If you make a mistake, keep going!

Note: This year applicants auditioning for Philharmonia, Youth, All Orchestras – Winds, Brass & Percussion won’t have to complete the sight reading part.

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