The Ontario Band Association is inviting every high school student to audition for the 18th annual Ontario Provincial Honour Band. 90 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 4th – November 7th, 2020) 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 2020 Honour Band will be conducted by Dr. Gillian MacKay from University of Toronto. We continue our amazing work with Yamaha Canada Music to provide the OPHB with a world-class soloist. The soloist for 2020 will be announced soon!
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 $299 participation fee is required. We look forward to hearing your students' auditions. If you have further questions, please contact Alicia Barras ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
REQUIREMENTS & MATERIALS
Your recording should demonstrate tone quality, technical facility, and musicality. All auditions must include the scales provided in the audition packages and ONE etude. Please note that the requirements for the number of etudes have been lowered to accommodate the deadline change and access to instruments.
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.
A $10 audition fee is due at the time of registration. Should your audition be deemed successful, a $299 participation fee is required.
*Percussion auditions requires additional form submission, teacher recommendation, and interview.