Auditions for the 2023 season were held over the summer and rehearsals have begun. Still, depending on the instrument and the skill of the student, we may be able to accept additional members prior to Christmas. Those interested should contact the CPHO administrator to discuss options and possibly arrange an audition.
Central Pennsylvania Homeschool Orchestra requires prospective members to audition in order to determine whether or not they have the minimum skills necessary to benefit from as well as contribute to the orchestra. Percussionists may be permitted to waive the audition based on an interview with the conductor. CPHO provides percussion instruments (including timpani!) and training.
Auditions are gently conducted at the conductor’s home, always with a parent in attendance, and take about fifteen minutes. The musician should bring no more than five minutes of music (which can be multiple pieces) that he can play well, so that the conductor can best gauge the musician’s true skill level. Additionally, the musician should be prepared to sight-read a piece provided by the conductor based on the demonstrated skill level.
The musician is usually told immediately whether he passed the audition and, if so, will be offered either a Principal or an Associate membership. Parents who are interested in participating as Mentors may discuss this with the conductor at their student’s audition.