Welcome!

Welcome to Lyceum Orchestras! With eight audition-only ensembles, we are able to place most students in a performing group 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.

Audition Requirements and Instructions

Auditions for the 2021-22 Season are currently being received according to the deadlines described below. 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 upon submission 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 by filling out the enrollment form. Students wishing to matriculate to the next ensemble must submit an audition by April 15th to receive priority seating and will be notified no later than 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 eight ensembles. New students or students returning after a year or more away, should send in a recorded audition at their earliest convenience to be considered for next season. Priority auditions for the new students wishing to join the 2021-22 Season are due May 1st. Auditions for the 2021-22 Season 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 eight ensembles and the corresponding summer music festival placement where applicable. 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 current level of mastery across the full range of the instrument.

Returning Safely

We are committed to making music 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 following closely the current Utah Health Department guidelines regarding masks, social distancing, and limits on gatherings. As an outreach program of American Heritage School, we are subject to all the restrictions incumbent upon schools in Utah County. We espouse the highest standards in regards to cleanliness, disinfecting surfaces, and hospital-quality air filtration. Throughout the 2020-21 Season we safely held weekly rehearsals by taking temperatures at the door, requiring masks, following quarantine and contact tracing protocols as well as adjusting our concert calendar to limit or eliminate large concert gatherings. It is our hope that many of these practices will no longer be needed next season but are committed to safely continuing to make music in person.

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 Lisa Jackson at Lyceum@ahsmail.com.