Audition information is sent to each school at the start of Term 3 for students to register their interest in auditioning for one of more of the ensembles. Application forms are then required at the CSO by the last day of Term 3.
Auditions are planned to be held in Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 4 with students informed of the outcome of their performance by the end of the school year, before the program begins the following year. All other costs are met by the CSO.
The Dance audition
The dance audition is entirely workshop-based. You will be taken through some skills-based exercises before learning some new choreography. You may have an opportunity to add your own choreography so it’s a good idea to have some ideas in your head about what you might do. To learn more about the dance ensemble click here.
The Drama audition
The drama auditions take the form of a drama workshop comprising of a series of drama exercises in movement, voice, character work and devising (creating short scenes). Junior Applicants (Year 5 – 8) need to prepare a short 1 minute monologue. Senior (Year 9 upwards) students will also be given some simple scripts (which will be forwarded to them to familiarise themselves with a week before the audition) we will workshop these in the second half of their session. click here.
The Instrumental audition
All instrumental auditions are 10 minutes. You are required to prepare a short piece that you feel shows off your ability. After performing your piece for the panel you will either be given some sight reading, asked to perform some scales or asked to improvise around some chords or with another instrument. To learn more about the instrumental ensemble click here.
The Vocal audition
For your vocal audition you will be placed in a group of up to 20 students of similar age. The first part of the audition will comprise learning a new song as a group and some simple movement to go with it. This allows us to see how well you pick up new music, lyrics and movement and place them together, but it should also be fun!
In the second half of the audition everyone will be required to sing the first verse and chorus of one of the ten selected songs. The list of songs will be released in Term 3. You will be required to sing with the backing track, and a link will be provided for each song so you can practice. To learn more about the vocal ensemble click here.