Department of Music

Pacific Lutheran University
Department of Music

PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings
January 24 and 25, 2015


Following the success of another annual event here at PLU, the Northwest Honor Band, we have created a similar opportunity just for string players with the PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings. It is a two-day festival held annually over a weekend in January, offering individual high school string players from throughout the region the opportunity to perform excellent literature for string orchestra with a nationally recognized guest conductor. Please recommend your outstanding student musicians for participation. Each nominating organization is guaranteed participation in the Honor Orchestra for Strings if the nomination form is received by November 1, 2014.

Fee: There will be a $95.00 NON-REFUNDABLE fee for each student musician participating in the Honor Orchestra for Strings. This fee includes dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday and a PLU Honor Orchestra T-shirt. This fee is due January 6, 2015.

PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings

January 24 - 25, 2015

Dr. Larry Livington

Our Guest Conductor,
Larry Livingston

The guest conductor for 2015 is Larry Livingston, Professor of Conducting and Chair of the Department of Conducting at the University of Southern California. Dr. Livington has toured the world with youth orchestras such as Landes Jugend Orchester and the Internationale Junge Orchesterakademie.  He regularly appears as conductor of all-state orchestras throughout the United States.  For more information: http://music.usc.edu/larry-j-livingston/

How to Get Involved:

Acceptance in the PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings requires two steps:

  1. Nomination by a high school or youth symphony director, evidenced by the nomination form. Click here to make nominations: Director's Nomination Form
  2. A digital recording submitted by each student including the material listed below.
  • Recordings, in MP3 format, may be submitted by uploading files to the drop box on the Northwest Honor Orchestra site or by mailing a disc or other digital media to the address below.
  • Multiple auditions from your school or orchestra may be sent on a single disc.
  • Please label the files with the name of your school and your last name.

https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/northwest-honor-orchestra

Important Dates:

  • November 1, 2014: High school directors' nomination deadline
  • December 1, 2014: Notification of acceptance will be sent to the nominees and their directors.
  • January 9, 2015: Registration and non-refundable fees are due.
  • January 16, 2015: Audition recordings must be submitted. Otherwise seating will be assigned at the discretion of the organizers.
  • January 24, 2015: An additional onsite audition will determine the principal players in each section. Accepted members are not obligated to take part in the principal chair audition. Only those who wish to be considered for section leadership should do so.

Excerpts for the entry auditions music may be found on our website at https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/northwest-honor-orchestra. Excerpts for the principal chair auditions will be chosen from the programmed works, but will not be published prior to the audition.

IMPORTANT: See specific audition requirements on the "Auditions" before making your recording.

General PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings

Audition Requirements:

  1. An audition etude (provided at the website listed below) from the literature to be performed by the orchestra.
  2. Scales in the key specified below for your instrument.
  3. Find Audition resources here: https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/northwest-honor-orchestra
  • Three octaves
  • Quarter note = 80 bpm
  • Once slurring four eighth notes under each bow
  • Once playing Spicciati sixteenth notes
  • Keys: Violins – A Major; Violas and Cellos – D Major; Basses – E Major
    1. MP3 format; may be submitted by mailing a disc or other digital media to: PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings; Department of Music; Pacific Lutheran University; Tacoma, WA 98447, or by uploading files to the drop box on the Northwest Honor Orchestra site.
    2. Multiple auditions from your school or orchestra may be sent on a single disc.
    3. Please label the files with the name of your school and your last name.
  • Audition Excerpts:

    Excerpts for the entry auditions music may be found on our website at https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/northwest-honor-orchestra. Excerpts for the principal chair auditions will be chosen from the programmed works, but will not be published prior to the audition.

    Important Dates:

    • November 1, 2014: High school directors' nomination deadline
    • December 1, 2014: Notification of acceptance will be sent to the nominees and their directors.
    • January 9, 2015: Registration and non-refundable fees are due.
    • January 16, 2015: Audition recordings must be submitted. Otherwise seating will be assigned at the discretion of the organizers.
    • January 24, 2015: An additional onsite audition will determine the principal players in each section. Accepted members are not obligated to take part in the principal chair audition. Only those who wish to be considered for section leadership should do so.

Important Dates:

  • November 1, 2014: High school directors' nomination deadline
  • December 1, 2014: Notification of acceptance will be sent to the nominees and their directors.
  • January 9, 2015: Registration and non-refundable fees are due.
  • January 16, 2015: Audition recordings must be submitted. Otherwise seating will be assigned at the discretion of the organizers.
  • January 24, 2015: An additional onsite audition will determine the principal players in each section. Accepted members are not obligated to take part in the principal chair audition. Only those who wish to be considered for section leadership should do so.
    • Participant fees: $95 (non-refundable)
    • Concert CD: $20
  • Excerpts for the entry auditions music may be found on our website at https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/northwest-honor-orchestra. Excerpts for the principal chair auditions will be chosen from the programmed works, but will not be published prior to the audition.

    Important Links:

    The links listed above provide you with important information about the PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings.

    Confirmation and Acceptance:

    Please complete the registration form above, print it, and mail it with your remittance to PLU by January 7th. Thank you.

    NOTE: To achieve appropriate instrumentation, it is extremely important to notify PLU if a student is not able to attend.

    After participant's check in on January 24th, chair placement auditions will be held in various rooms in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center. Please open and print the pdf version of your part for your instrument and practice prior to the January 24th check in.

     

PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings

The Concert

January 25, 2015 at 5pm

Lagerquist Concert Hall

Mary Baker Russell Music Center

 

Featuring

PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings and the Regency String Quartet.

Free Admission / No Tickets

This concert will be for the family and guests of the participants. Seating is first come, first served.

For further information contact:

Dr. Jeffrey Bell-Hanson, Director of Orchestras
Department of Music; Pacific Lutheran University; Tacoma, WA 98447
(253) 535-7617 e-mail: bellhajl@plu.edu or music@plu.edu

Additional Information about Music at PLU

MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Music participation and study is open to all students at PLU, regardless of major.
http://www.plu.edu/music

STRING STUDIES
String majors and non-majors alike have access to a rich culture of opportunities.http://www.plu.edu/strings

PLU ORCHESTRAS
The Orchestras at PLU have long been an important centerpiece of a stunningly rich musical calendar.
http://www.plu.edu/symphony

2014-15 SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
February 7-9, 2014
HTTP://www.plu.edu/music/future-students/scholarships

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Music Department
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