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Auditions for the AIMS Festival Orchestra are held in cities throughout the U.S. in January through March each year. Musicians unable to audition in person may submit a video audition. [Note: There are NO in person percussion audition. All percussion auditions are video auditions.] Instrumentalists from all countries are welcome to audition for AIMS. There is a non-refundable audition fee of $45. (No other money is due until after acceptance.)

AIMS selects musicians of all ages, but players who are not yet playing professionally should consider their readiness to perform both operatic and symphonic music. The orchestra roster will be posted on March 5.

Online registration for live auditions opens in the fall.

Video Auditions

Video recorded auditions are accepted from October 15 to March 1. If positions are open in your category, they may be accepted after March 1 and up to June 15. Please contact us at [email protected] before submitting a video after the roster is posted on March 5.

How to Prepare

  • One accompanied standard solo, preferably a movement from a standard concerto.
    • For a live audition, you must bring the accompaniment to this piece. An accompanist will be provided or you may bring your own.
    • For a video audition, ALL solos (except percussion) must be recorded with accompaniment. (Each selection/excerpt may be recorded separately.)
    • Also for video audition, the whole solo movement is required. (Piano accompaniment cuts are permitted, but the solo must be recorded in its entirety.) (Each selection/excerpt may be recorded separately.)
    • Piano/Keyboard audition: No accompanied concerto is needed. Instead, please play one movement of a Beethoven sonata and a contrasting Romantic virtuoso piece. (Each selection/excerpt may be recorded separately.)
    • Percussion audition: No piano accompanied solo is needed. Instead, please prepare and submit an unaccompanied movement from a JS Bach suite (without repeats) performed on marimba. (Each selection/excerpt may be recorded separately.)
  • Orchestral excerpts from the audition repertoire list. (If submitting a video audition, each selection/excerpt may be recorded separately.)