Deadline to register for Amarillo Symphony tryouts is Friday

Amarillo Symphony music director and conductor Jacomo Barios conducts at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. (Provided photo)

The deadline to register for 2017-18 Amarillo Symphony auditions is Friday.

Amarillo Symphony Executive Director Corey Cowart said the symphony is auditioning for 10 positions and typically has up to 80 members in an effort to perform and execute its repertoire. Auditions will be held at various times from 8 a.m. Aug. 26 to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.

“For Amarillo to have a relatively large, full-size orchestra is special and not entirely unique, but it’s getting more and more rare,” Cowart said.

Open positions include violin 1, chair 2 (one year); violin 1, chair 3; violin 1, chair 8; violin 1, chair 9 (one year); violin 1, chair 11; violin II, chair 2; violin II, chair 9; cello, chair 4; cello, chair 8; and flute II/auxiliary piccolo.

Cowart said musicians will be expected to prepare and perform a solo or a concerto for their chosen instrument. Musicians will also need to perform excerpts of some of the most iconic orchestral works and be expected to sight-read. All audition materials are posted online at amarillosymphony.org/auditions.

All auditions are blind, meaning the panel of judges can’t see who is performing and doesn’t know the identity of the person performing.

“It’s based purely on who the best player is,” he said. “Purely on merit. Not on anything else.”

Last year the orchestra had musicians ranging from 16 years old to musicians who had been performing with the orchestra for over 50 years.

Candidates should mail a one-page resume and a $50 refundable deposit to Amarillo Symphony, Attn: Auditions; P.O. Box 2586, Amarillo, TX 79105. Checks should be made payable to Amarillo Symphony.

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