Welcome!

Welcome to Lyceum Orchestras! With six audition-only ensembles, we are able to place most students in an orchestra that meets the student at the threshold of their learning. We encourage all students to participate in their school ensembles and ask that all participants practice at home and work with a private teacher. Lyceum ensembles are divided by ability, not age, although we do require that students be going into 8th-12th grade to audition for Concert Orchestra and 9th-12th grade for Philharmonic.

Returning Safely

We are committed to returning to music-making safely and in-person. Music is one of the most powerful ways in which we share our humanity. In order to do that safely we are adopting the following safety guidelines:

  • In-Person – So long as Utah’s Health Guidance System is in the Green, Yellow, or Orange phase, weekly in-person rehearsals will occur at their regularly scheduled times.
  • Social Distancing – Room assignments are being adjusted to allow each ensemble to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Face Coverings – Per State Health Department requirements, employees, students, parents, and guests are required to wear face coverings in schools at all times (e.g., masks or shields). Face coverings will be required during rehearsal with appropriate exceptions for those playing wind and brass instruments or those who are not able to reasonably participate while wearing a face covering. Various other exceptions apply, including for medical reasons and for times when active eating/drinking is taking place. The school’s front office can provide you with more information about exemptions and an exemption form if needed.
  • Large Gatherings – The concert calendar will be adjusted to reduce audience size. Rather than combining multiple ensembles to create a 60-90 minute concert, each individual ensemble will perform their own shorter concerts for a smaller audience. Additionally, concerts will be live streamed on YouTube.
  • Hygiene & Cleanliness – Hand sanitizer and will be available in each classroom and throughout the building. American Heritage School adheres to the highest state standards for schools of cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Attendance Accommodations – Students from households exhibiting symptoms or in quarantine are expected to stay home. Attendance accommodations will be made to allow all students who are able to participate in concerts to participate regardless of attendance issues related to health concerns.
  • Red Phase Contingencies – If the state specifically restricts gathering in-person for more than two rehearsals in any month of participation, tuition will be pro-rated accordingly. Concert dates may be adjusted as necessary due to temporary stay at home orders. While at-home resources or projects may be a part of our offering this season, we do not anticipate making them a substitute for in-person rehearsal and performance.

Together we can continue to meet our mission to Inspire, Instruct, and Impact!

Audition Requirements and Instructions

With our convenient recorded auditions, your cell phone recording of a recent recital or solo performance may be all the audition you need! We ask for roughly five minutes of solo playing for Concert or Philharmonic and 2-4 minutes for other ensembles. The solo should demonstrate the strengths of the player, memorization is preferred, accompaniment is optional. Also submit the student playing a scale of their choosing. The scale should highlight student’s mastery of range and tone. Play the maximum number of octaves possible with good tone. The scale and solo can be in separate videos or together. Percussionists must show proficiency on timpani and mallet instruments.

The preferred method is to upload your cell phone video to YouTube, Google Drive, iPhotos, Dropbox or other file sharing format accessible via a link.  Copy those links into the appropriate filed on our admission form. You should receive a confirmation email and expect to hear from us soon regarding placement. Please verify that the link is accessible for others to view (not private). Questions? Contact us at Lyceum@ahsmail.com.

Returning Students

Students currently enrolled in the program who wish to return to the same ensemble have until April 15th to save their seat for next season. Students wishing to matriculate to the next ensemble must submit an audition by April 15th to receive priority seating and will be notified by May 1st regarding next year’s placement.  Returning Lyceum students who have not enrolled by May 7th may forfeit their seat to new auditioners. Seating is limited in all of our ensembles.

New Students

We currently have limited openings in each of our six ensembles. New students or students returning after a year or more away, should send in a recorded audition at their earliest convenience. Initial auditions took place in May filling some sections, new student auditions will be accepted through Sept. 1st or until open seats are filled. If the initial recorded audition does not yield the desired result, students may submit additional auditions for the desired ensemble. Once a student enrolls in an ensemble their placement is considered final for that season.

Placement

Following the audition, most applicants receive an email admitting them to one of our six ensembles and the corresponding summer music festival placement. Questions about what level is right for you can be answered by the detailed ensemble descriptions on our About Us page. We try to avoid dividing ensembles by Suzuki book or ASTA levels and instead look to universal measures like vibrato, shifting, and the ability to play in difficult key signatures. When choosing an audition solo take these factors into account. For example a string player applying to Prelude needs to be able to play extensions but shifting is optional; Crescendo — limited shifting and some vibrato; Chamber – first through fifth positions and fluent vibrato, Symphonic – shifting into upper positions and difficult key signatures; Concert – full range of the instrument, Philharmonic – mastery and fluency across full range of the instrument. Try to choose a solo and scale that fully demonstrates your ability to play across the full range of the instrument.

Questions

We want the audition process to be fair, convenient and well-communicated. If you have any questions regarding any of the Lyceum programs at American Heritage School, please do not hesitate to contact our Orchestra Manager Nicole Fullmer at Lyceum@ahsmail.com.