The Ontario Band Association is inviting every high school student to audition for the 19th annual Ontario Provincial Honour Band. 80 of the province's high school musicians will be selected to take part in an intensive four days of music making. The experience includes our rehearsal camp, concerts, and the annual performance at the Ontario Music Educators' Association conference. Dr. Jason Caslor, conductor of the OPHB 2019, said "The whole OPHB project was first rate, start to finish. I had an absolute blast digging into the music with these amazing musicians. Getting the chance to perform several concerts with them was a true highlight."
This sensational four-day event (November 1st – November 4th, 2023) promises to give participants the experience of a lifetime. Based at the Salvation Army Shoreline Camp in Jackson's Point, Ontario, on the shores of beautiful Lake Simcoe, the 2022 Honour Band will be conducted by Dr. Shelley Axelson from Radford University in Virginia. We continue our amazing work with Yamaha Canada Music to provide the OPHB with world-class soloist, Alheli Pimienta (flute).
We have updated the unit design for every teacher to include the audition material as part of the curriculum in any music class. You can make it work for your students' specific needs as well! The auditions work very well for the musicality and technical range of any grade eleven student.
The audition fee for the Ontario Provincial Honour Band is $10. If students are successful in auditioning for the ensemble, a $325 participation fee is required. Please note, this participation fee has been increased from previous years to include the additional dinner, which previously required a cash payment. We look forward to hearing your students' auditions. If you have further questions, please contact Alicia Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
REQUIREMENTS & MATERIALS
Your recording should demonstrate tone quality, technical facility, and musicality.
ALL AUDITIONS MUST INCLUDE:
- All scales provided in the audition package. Please record scales/arpeggios in ONE recording per scale.
- TWO of the three etudes provided
- NOTE: Percussion auditions must include ALL etudes and scales
To ensure the best results for your audition, we recommend that you ask your band director and/or private instructor for assistance in selecting and preparing your material. When making your recording, please follow these guidelines:
DO NOT begin the recording with your name, instrument, grade etc. Simply begin playing.
DO NOT record the submission in a video format.
Thoroughly listen to the audio files before you submit them to ensure there are no mistakes and that the quality of sound is acceptable.
Please include the SCALES and corresponding ARPEGGIOS in the SAME recording.
A $10 audition fee is due at the time of registration. Should your audition be deemed successful, a $325 participation fee is required. Please note, this participation fee has been increased from previous years to include the additional dinner, which previously required a cash payment at the time of the program.