GUITAR FOUNDATION OF AMERICA PRESENTS THE
2014 NEW YORK CITY REGIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Audition Registration (see details below): Friday, October 17th, 11:59 (CST)
General Registration: Monday, October 20th, 11:59 (CST)
You must be a GFA member to register. Please note that it can take time for GFA membership to process.
All events will take place at:
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street
(between 9th and 10th avenues)
New York, NY 10018
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE FOR GFA MEMBERS!
Teachers, students, aficionados, young players, mature players – there’s a spot for you at the NYC Regional Symposium!
- Auditions - Compete for a chance to perform solo in the Evening Showcase Concert (see guidelines below).
- Symposium Guitar Orchestra for all participants, led by Carlos Rafael Rivera
- Ensemble Showcase - Hear some of the top guitar chamber ensembles in the nation.
- Workshop with Simon Powis
- Evening Concert - featuring Audition Winners and the Symposium Guitar Orchestra.
- All events are FREE for GFA members. Advance registration is required for daytime events. If you are not a GFA member: Join GFA by clicking here, then make sure to return to this page to register for the Symposium.
We encourage all participants to participate in the Symposium Orchestra, as space allows. On the registration page, please indicate whether you expect to participate in the orchestra. Parts will be distributed by email.
Schedule for the day:
10am-10:50am: Workshop with Simon Powis
11am-11:50am: Workshop with Mariano Aguirre
12 pm FREE LUNCH for on-line registrants
12:30-2:00pm: Afternoon Ensemble Concert
2:30-5:30pm: Guitar Orchestra Rehearsal
7:00-8:15pm: Evening Concert, Featuring Guitar Orchestra and Audition Winners
GFA Regional Symposium Audition Information
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014, 11:59 (CST)
Registration is only available until all spots are full. Please register early to guarantee your spot.
The following time limits are all inclusive, including any time between pieces, if applicable:
Ages 10 and Under: 3 minutes
Ages 11-14: 5 minutes
Ages 15-18: 7 minutes
College/Pre-Professional: 10 minutes
Adult Amateur/Hobbyist (solo or in ensemble): 5 minutes
Auditions are an opportunity for aspiring guitarists, pre-professionals, and adult enthusiasts to build performance experience and get written feedback from our illustrious judges. The level can be quite high, and the goal is to have a positive learning experience, even if you are not selected to perform in the evening recital.
You need not fill the entire time provided, this is a maximum performance time. This is especially true for younger students. We encourage you to participate even if you only have one short piece ready- this is about enjoying the experience! Repertoire played in the morning audition is eligible to be selected for performance on the evening Showcase Concert. As far as suitability of repertoire, we encourage you to select what you feel represents you best, in consultation with your private teacher. There are no specific requirements.
Important On-Site Details For All Divisions:
The Audition schedule will be provided one week prior to the Symposium via email. Please check in at the registration table no later than 30 minutes prior to your performance time, even if you’re on site earlier. This is important, so we know where to find you when it’s your time to play. At this time, we’ll also have you complete 2 copies of a basic form with your name and program information, in the event that you are selected to perform on the evening concert. (You will also receive a form by email if you would like to print it from home). You’ll then be taken to a warm-up space, which may or may not be private, depending on how many people we have there at the moment. Late arrivals may not be accommodated as the schedule is full. Please be on time!
10 and under and 11-14 age Divisions:
If space allows, these auditions will be held open to the public, and run like a recital. However, if needed, the auditions might need to be held in a smaller room that will not accommodate an audience. In the event it is run like a recital, teachers and parents will be allowed to observe. Applause will be permitted and encouraged at the end of your set, but not in between pieces (if applicable). All audition times are approximate, you should be ready to go up to 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled time in case we run ahead. When the audition schedule is sent out 1-week in advance, you will be informed of the times and whether or not we will have the space to allow for an audience.
An appropriate chair and low music stand will be provided, though players are welcome to bring their own chair if that helps with height requirements. All players should bring their own footstool/guitar support. One parent/guardian/teacher may assist these young students in setting up as they enter, and in carrying things out as they exit. If using a stand, please be sure that it is placed slightly to the left side of the player, so as not to block the view of the judges, as they will be trying to write feedback for each student, and seeing the hands is important. You do not need to provide copies of the scores for the jury; and playing from memory is optional. Finally, we would like to request that each student introduce him/herself to the jury, and introduce the titles of the pieces they will play. We recommend that you talk with your teachers about this, and the general format of the day, in advance to make sure that all students feel comfortable with what will be expected of them that morning.
If space allows, students may choose to watch auditions, or to stay in the warm up room and come in right before they play. Just be sure the monitor knows where you are to avoid delays in the program. Parents/teachers may watch the entire program, or enter/exit quietly in between players. Please, no young children in the room- we want to allow these young students the best chance for feeling focused.
The jury will select one student from each age division to perform on the evening concert. The announcement will be made at the conclusion of the College Ensemble Showcase Concert. Written feedback can be picked up in the concert hall lobby immediately following the announcement.
15-18 and College/Pre-Professional Divisions:
These auditions will be run like "real” auditions, not open to the public. Parents/friends will be asked to wait outside. All audition times are approximate; you should be ready to go up to 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled time in case we run ahead.
You do not need to provide copies of the scores for the jury; and playing from memory is optional. We would like to request that each student introduce him/herself to the jury, and introduce the titles of the pieces they will play. The jury will select one student from each age division to perform on the evening concert. The announcement will be made at the conclusion of the Ensemble Showcase Concert. Written feedback can be picked up in the concert hall lobby immediately following the announcement.