WHAT LEVEL AM I?
Participants with any background is welcomed to join our level 1-4 ensembles. Only our level 5 ensemble require an audition in advance. Below is a description of each level and their expectations.
Level 1: Pure beginner, can't read music, never sang or played an instrument before. Want to get started with something easy!
Level 2: Less than 2 years of musical experience, can read some basic music. Still learning basic technique, but not completely clueless. Can produce at least a one octave scale in 2 different keys.
*Level 3: Can read music independently at a moderate pace, and can produce most pitches within 2 octaves with basic quarter and eighth note rhythms accurately. 2-4 years experience. Have a moderate understanding of music, but would like to mature in tone, consistency, and musicality. If you've done music throughout elementary, this is a great place to start.
*Level 4: 5-7 years experience. Can read music comfortably fairly accurately without assistance. Can handle some technically challenging passages and ranges, with the ability to tune and harmonize with others. Still struggling with fast and complex rhythms, but wanting to master more difficult techniques. If you have participated in music ensembles throughout high-school or college, this would be an ideal level for you.
*To ensure all individuals are keeping up with the ensemble, participants may be asked to submit audio recordings to show fluency with the material. These assessments will help us ensure individuals are placed in the right level/seat/voice, and performance ready.
Level 5: 8-10 years experience. Can sight-read music fluently, with good control over tone, dynamics, articulation, and tempo. If you have studied music seriously in the past, and are currently active musically, this would be the ideal level for you. See audition requirements for Level 5.