Vocal and Ensemble Auditions

Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble Auditions provide an opportunity for students of all ages to perform ensemble music in a non-competitive and welcoming format. Ensemble Auditions are open to any combination of piano, instrumental, and vocal students. Vocal Ensemble Auditions can consist of up to eight vocalists. Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble Auditions are designed to encourage and motivate students to explore the musical challenges inherent in the study and performance of ensemble music. Ensembles are given constructive comments, along with a rating from 1-5. Students receiving a ‘5’ are invited, but not required, to perform at the CAPMT Northern or Southern Festivals.

CAPMT Student Program Guidelines

  • CAPMT members submitting applications for CAPMT Student Programs must have paid State and National dues before the application deadline. Non-CAPMT members are assessed an additional non-member fee. 

  • It is the responsibility of each CAPMT teacher to abide by these Guidelines. Failure to abide by the Guidelines will result in disqualification of the applicant.

  • Late applications forms will not be accepted.

  • Communication regarding any CAPMT Student Program must be between the teacher and the student program chair for that chapter/district. It is inappropriate for a student or parent to contact any CAPMT Board Member.

  • Decisions of the adjudicators are final.

  • Teachers, applicants, parents/guardians may not converse with adjudicators before, during, or after any CAPMT evaluated program with regards to that program.

  • In competitive programs, the student must have studied with the teacher a minimum of six of the past nine months in all stages of the competitions. This rule does not apply to non-competitive programs, such as Auditions. 

  • A teacher may enter students in CAPMT Student Programs either (a) in the chapter/district where the student has permanent residence, or (b) in the chapter/district where instruction takes place.

  • Use only the current application form for each CAPMT Student Program; all others are ineligible.

  • For competitive programs, repertoire listed on the application form is to be used at all levels, Chapter (if applicable), District, and State Finals, of the competition. No repertoire changes are permitted.

  • There are no refunds of application fees in the event of non-participation.


CAPMT Student Programs: Music Rules

    • Entrants will abide by all U.S. Copyright Laws and, when applicable, have permission to use all music given to judges and accompanists during all phases of the auditions/evaluations/competitions. 

    • Entrants will examine their music to make sure it corresponds exactly to repertoire listed on Application form.

    • Photocopies: Music Release Forms will no longer be required at all levels of the auditions/evaluations/competitions. Before starting the application process, all entrants have agreed to abide by U.S. Copyright Laws. Entrants have stated that they have the right to use whatever music is presented at all levels of the auditions/evaluations/competitions.

    • Scores purchased online and downloaded/printed must be accompanied by a receipt.

    • Public Domain scores downloaded/printed must be accompanied by a printout of the URL.

    • All measures must be numbered at the beginning of each system.

    • Names and/or identifying information do NOT need to be covered on music.

    • Entrants forfeit consideration for any placement (winner/alternate/honorable mention) but may play for comments only if: 1) All music listed on the application is NOT presented for examination at registration; 2) Entrant is not prepared to perform all music listed on the application.


    Levels and Performance Time Limits

    Elementary: 5 minutes

    Intermediate: 8 minutes

    Advanced: 12 minutes

    Application Fees

    $30 per student ($20 surcharge for students of Non-CAPMT Members)

    Application Fees will only be accepted ONLINE via credit card payment.

    Online Application Deadline: October 5th, 2019

    Rules & Guidelines

    Application Window: September 1, 2019 through October 5, 2019

    Please read the current CAPMT Student Program Guidelines. Deviation from these rules may result in disqualification.


    Ensemble Auditions Repertoire Guidelines

    • Levels:  Elementary | Intermediate | Advanced. The placement of the student is the responsibility of the teacher and is determined according to the difficulty of repertoire.

    • Instrumentation may be for:

      • Same instruments (e.g., piano duet, two pianos, two flutes without accompaniment)

      • Mixed instruments (e.g., violin & piano sonata, flute/oboe/clarinet trio, string quartet)

      • Electronic instruments in combination with acoustic instruments (e.g., flute & prepared tape, cello & synthesizer, electric guitar & drums). Electronic instrument ensembles must involve at least one live performer.

    • Eligible repertoire includes music originally written for the chosen ensemble and published transcriptions.

    • Unpublished transcriptions accompanied by written permission of the publisher of the original work are acceptable. An additional score must be provided for the adjudicator.

    • One selection, or several movements, from the same work may be presented, as long as the work falls within the time limit.

    • No repeats over 16 measures should be played. Exception: If the repeat demonstrates a technique/skill - showing additional Baroque ornamentation, for example.

    • Music need NOT be memorized and is to be performed without a conductor.

    • In questions regarding appropriate repertoire, the decision of the State Chair is final.



    Levels and Performance Time Limits

    Elementary: 5 minutes

    Intermediate: 8 minutes

    Advanced: 12 minutes


    Application Fees 

    $30 per student ($20 surcharge for students of Non-CAPMT Members)

    Application Fees will only be accepted ONLINE via PayPal or credit card payment.

    Online Application Deadline: October 5th, 2019.

     

    Rules & Guidelines

    Application Window: September 1, 2019 through October 5, 2019.

    Please read the current CAPMT Student Program Guidelines. Deviation from these rules may result in disqualification.


    • For accompanied or unaccompanied vocal ensembles of up to eight performers.

    • The accompanist may be a teacher or other professional (collaborative pianist) and will not be evaluated.

    • Only the singers will be evaluated, and each singer must perform his/her own vocal line; i.e., there is to be NO doubling of singers on an individual part.

    • Performers will be stopped if the maximum allotted time is reached; this will not affect the results.

    • There can be no repertoire changes at any point in the auditions.

    • At least one member of the vocal ensemble must be a student of the sponsoring teacher, or the entire ensemble must meet for regular coaching with the sponsoring teacher.

    • If applicable, teachers are responsible for providing instruments (other than piano).

    • Teachers must assist in the running of the program on the day of the event

    Repertoire Guidelines
    • Levels: Elementary • Intermediate • Advanced. The placement of the student is the responsibility of the teacher and is determined according to the difficulty of repertoire.

    • Eligible repertoire includes music originally written for the chosen ensemble and published transcriptions.

    • Repertoire may be freely chosen from the fields of opera, motets, madrigals, sacred repertoire, choral repertoire, folk songs, and musical theater.

    • Unpublished transcriptions accompanied by written permission of the publisher of the original work are acceptable. An additional score must be provided for the adjudicator.

    • One selection or several movements from the same work may be presented.

    • No repeats over 16 measures should be sung. Exception: If the repeat demonstrates a  technique/skill - showing additional Baroque ornamentation, for example.

    • Memorization is optional, but works may be memorized and semi-staged (in the case of opera excerpts), if desired. All music presented is to be sung without a conductor.

    • In questions regarding appropriate repertoire, the decision of the State Chair is final.



    Online Registration Open September 1 - October 5

    Upcoming events

      • 23 Nov 2019
      • Valley Christian School 100 Skyway Dr #130, San Jose, CA 95111

      2019 CAPMT Ensemble & Vocal Ensemble Auditions Santa Clara Valley Chapter (Host Chapter) and San Francisco Chapter

      Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble Auditions provide an opportunity for students of all ages to perform ensemble music in a non-competitive and welcoming format. Ensemble Auditions are open to any combination of piano, instrumental, and vocal students. Vocal Ensemble Auditions can consist of up to eight vocalists. Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble Auditions are designed to encourage and motivate students to explore the musical challenges inherent in the study and performance of ensemble music. Ensembles are given constructive comments, along with a rating from 1-5. Students receiving a ‘5’ are invited, but not required, to perform at the CAPMT Northern or Southern Festivals.

      Click here for CAPMT Ensemble Auditions Dates and Locations by Chapter.

      Levels, Performance Time Limits, & Application Fees

      Levels and Performance Time Limits

      Elementary: 5 minutes

      Intermediate: 8 minutes

      Advanced: 12 minutes

      Application Fees

      Application Fees - $30 per student ($20 surcharge for students of Non-CAPMT Members)

      Application Fees will only be accepted ONLINE via PayPal or credit card payment.

      Online Application Deadline: October 5, 2019, 11:59 PM PT


      • 23 Nov 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Fields Piano 810 E. Dyer Rd., Santa Ana, CA 92705

      2019 CAPMT Ensemble & Vocal EnsembleAuditions Orange County Chapter

      Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble Auditions provide an opportunity for students of all ages to perform ensemble music in a non-competitive and welcoming format. Ensemble Auditions are open to any combination of piano, instrumental, and vocal students. Vocal Ensemble Auditions can consist of up to eight vocalists. Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble Auditions are designed to encourage and motivate students to explore the musical challenges inherent in the study and performance of ensemble music. Ensembles are given constructive comments, along with a rating from 1-5. Students receiving a ‘5’ are invited, but not required, to perform at the CAPMT Northern or Southern Festivals.

      Click here for CAPMT Ensemble Auditions Dates and Locations by Chapter.

      Levels, Performance Time Limits, & Application Fees

      Levels and Performance Time Limits

      Elementary: 5 minutes

      Intermediate: 8 minutes

      Advanced: 12 minutes

      Application Fees

      Application Fees - $30 per student ($20 surcharge for students of Non-CAPMT Members)

      Application Fees will only be accepted ONLINE via PayPal or credit card payment.

      Online Application Deadline: October 5, 2019, 11:59 PM PT


      • 24 Nov 2019
      • Greene Music 7480 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

      2019 CAPMT Ensemble & Vocal Ensemble Auditions San Diego South Chapter

      Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble Auditions provide an opportunity for students of all ages to perform ensemble music in a non-competitive and welcoming format. Ensemble Auditions are open to any combination of piano, instrumental, and vocal students. Vocal Ensemble Auditions can consist of up to eight vocalists. Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble Auditions are designed to encourage and motivate students to explore the musical challenges inherent in the study and performance of ensemble music. Ensembles are given constructive comments, along with a rating from 1-5. Students receiving a ‘5’ are invited, but not required, to perform at the CAPMT Northern or Southern Festivals.

      Click here for CAPMT Ensemble Auditions Dates and Locations by Chapter.

      Levels, Performance Time Limits, & Application Fees

      Levels and Performance Time Limits

      Elementary: 5 minutes

      Intermediate: 8 minutes

      Advanced: 12 minutes

      Application Fees

      Application Fees - $30 per student ($20 surcharge for students of Non-CAPMT Members)

      Application Fees will only be accepted ONLINE via PayPal or credit card payment.

      Online Application Deadline: October 5, 2019, 11:59 PM PT