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Orchestra Seating Auditions

String sections will be auditioned at the beginning and middle of the season to determine seating assignments. The seating audition dates are included in your rehearsal and concert schedule.

Wind and Brass sections are seated in the entrance auditions and will have one seating audition before the third concert.

If, for any reason, you are unable to attend the scheduled date of the seating audition, please notify Miss Zych immediately. 

There are two options:

  1. The student may schedule a recording session with Mark Custom Recordings (759-2600), 10815 Bodine Rd., Clarence, and the CD must be made at least one week prior to the audition date to allow time for the recording to arrive for the judges to evaluate. The cost of this recording is made payable directly to Mark Custom Recordings.
  2. Accept placement at the back of the section.

There will be no make-up seating auditions after the scheduled date.


The Principal chair auditions will be included as part of the section seating auditions;  those students auditioning for principal chairs must be prepared to play any part of the current repertoire, not just the excerpts.  Please note: auditioning for principal does not guarantee any particular seating within the section.  It is the student’s responsibility to inform the manager of his/her intent to audition for a principal position two weeks prior to the announced seating audition date.


The Conductors will determine final concert seating based on demonstrated preparation, mastery of the music, leadership capability, and attendance. This procedure will be repeated in the middle of the season, eliminating permanent seating by a single audition. The decision of the Conductor is final.


**Please understand that family and other outside involvement in this process is disruptive to the Conductors, Members, Coaches, and Staff. The Conductors work with the members on a regular basis and are able to determine the best possible results for the ensemble, based on each individual’s growth and strengths on their respective instruments and music. This is a training organization and we ask that you trust our professional judgment.