The aim of the audition is to identify where the candidates' natural talents and potential lie and to get a glimpse into their musical and personal aspirations.
One of the biggest challenges that modern orchestras grapple with is the process of recruiting new members (i.e. auditions), which unfortunately often leads to serious anxiety among musicians who are applying for jobs. Having worked with many orchestral musicians over the years, Wissam has developed an alternative to the established audition process.
The highly competitive and pressured tradition of playing orchestral excerpts behind a screen and the very restrictive solo repertoire required in most auditions, often results in some of the finest and most creative musicians getting overlooked, to the detriment of the whole profession, as well as the great disappointment of budding musicians.
The PYP auditions will be advertised through various publications, social media, musical institutions and individual teachers. Auditions will be open to selected candidates who are 22-32 years old and are either young professionals or advanced students (3rd/4th-Year or Post-graduate students) in colleges or universities.
The auditions will be held in one round and will be approximately 20-25 minutes long, organised according to the following guidelines:
Candidates are encouraged to give as much information as possible, as this will influence the audition pre-selection process.
Upon receipt of the application form and payment of the £20 application fee, PYP will be in touch to confirm preselection into the auditions or refund the candidate's application fee.
In the inaugural year, auditions for all positions will be held by Wissam Boustany personally.
Applicants will be able to choose their own solo repertoire, with or without piano accompaniment (pianist to be provided by applicant), designed to reflect their individual strengths and talents – 6 minutes maximum.
Candidate's will have complete control over their choice of two orchestral excerpts and should choose excerpts that reflect their strengths. Applicants will have the opportunity to play and discuss the chosen excerpts – 4 minutes maximum.
Candidates will give a short improvisation in any style of their choosing, allowing them the opportunity to play what comes naturally to them –
3 minutes maximum.
Candidates should be prepared to engage in a short interview in which they will talk about their program and its challenges, as well as their long-term aims and musical aspirations – 7 minutes maximum.
PYP will let candidates know the time and venue of their auditions, as soon as timetabling and numbers of candidates within each geographic area become clear (this may take several weeks). At the present time, PYP anticipates holding auditions in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Cardiff.
Please note that the audition results will only be made after the majority of all positions have been filled. This could take several weeks, due to the fact that PYP is auditioning for all positions within the orchestra.