2024 Cantate Deo Auditions

2024 Cantate Deo Auditions

Cantate Deo Youth Orchestra

Commitment

Cantate Deo Youth Orchestra (CDYO) is a ministry which demands a commitment of heart, time and effort. A year serving in Cantate Deo Youth Orchestra includes:

- Serving in IREC Sydney’s major calendar events including Good Friday (April), Easter (April), Concert of Prayer (October), Revival Day (October) and Christmas (December).

- Preparing for a major end-of-year concert and other concerts throughout the year (mini concert, kids concert etc.)

- Weekly rehearsals and many extra intensive rehearsals leading up to major events.

Serving in Cantate Deo Youth Orchestra is not something to be taken lightly, whole hearted commitment is vital. Music ministry especially requires lots of practice and dedication. An orchestra is a team and consistent participation in rehearsals from all members is key.

More than that, the music ministry is about leading others to worship God through our music. We need a united heart and spirit to be able to serve in this ministry. This only comes if we are willing to be humble and learn to let God shape us in this ministry. We learn together in this ministry about what it means to worship God seriously and sincerely not only in our music but also in our lives because we cannot praise God if we do not want to submit our lives to Him in obedience. 

We take the audition process seriously and will prayerfully consider not only technical skill, but more importantly, commitment from players and parents (for those under the age of 18). 

We want to learn to be faithful with the gifts and talents God has entrusted to us in this church. If you have the same heart and desire, pray for us, pray with us, and consider auditioning for 2024. 

Cantate Deo Youth Orchestra performing at a Vacation Bible School.

Below are some technical details and requirements for the 2024 auditions.

Application Requirements

- Candidate is a member of IREC or is a regular worshipper at IREC Sydney and regularly attends Prayer Meeting/Persekutuan Doa

- The candidate must be aged Year 7 or above

- Have skills in sight reading

- Candidates have on average, the equivalent to an AMEB Grade 5 standard of playing in the instrument applied for. Auditions will be passed on a case-by-case basis

Please note that the number per section in the orchestra is limited, therefore enrolment of new members will be considered depending on the number for each section.

Cantate Deo Youth Orchestra performing at Verbrugghen Hall for an End of Year Concert.

Rehearsal

- Routine Rehearsal: Every Saturday from 11:00 - 1:30. In 2024, rehearsals will commence on the 4th of February. Members are expected to arrive, set up and tune instruments 15 minutes before rehearsal starts. 

- Members are expected to attend rehearsals every week. If valid reasons for absences are given, we expect members to catch up what is missed in their own individual practice. Sustained unexplained absences from rehearsal may result in consequences determined by the committee.

- Additional Rehearsal: When necessary, there will be a notice of an additional rehearsal. Every member is obliged to attend, members will be given, at minimum, 1 week prior notice to the rehearsal.

Audition Information

For the audition, the auditionee is required to prepare:

- 1x scale (any key, octave and rhythm)

- 1x piece of own choice

- 2x provided excerpt (will be provided shortly after registration)

There will be sight reading provided in the audition.

Auditions will be held on Saturday 27th of January. Applications will close on Saturday 20th of January. Soon after application, excerpts for the audition will be shared. Individual audition slots will be allocated and shared by Sunday 21st of January.

Auditions will take approximately 10 minutes, and candidates will set up and tune instruments outside the audition room before their audition slot.

An interview with representatives of the orchestra will be required. 

Cantate Deo Academy Ensemble performs for parents and friends.

Cantate Deo Academy Ensemble

The Cantate Deo Academy Ensemble (CDAE) is a training ground orchestra for members younger than Year 7. Commitment in this orchestra is just as important as the CDYO and we hope that parents and members in this orchestra will have patience and diligence in preparing to serve in CDYO when the time is right. 

A focus of the Cantate Deo Academy Ensemble is to continue taking private lessons and improving technically on their own. This is an essential commitment for the Cantate Deo Academy Ensemble. Aside from that, the Cantate Deo Academy Ensemble will serve in praise offerings for services as well as other occasions. There will be some opportunities for selected players to partake in rehearsal and performances with CDYO for certain events. 

All that is written above in the Cantate Deo Youth Orchestra commitment section regarding heart commitment and a willingness to learn also applies here. 

Application Requirements

- Candidate is a member of IREC or is a regular worshipper at IREC Sydney and regularly attends Prayer Meeting/Persekutuan Doa

- Playing at a Grade 2 AMEB or equivalent standard in the instrument applied for

- Skilled in sight reading at a Grade 2 level or have a background in music, such as piano or other instruments

- Candidate is willing to take private lessons for the instrument applied for until, at minimum, Grade 5 qualifications are reached

Rehearsal

- CDAE will rehearse every Sunday from 2:30 - 3:30pm. Members are expected to arrive, set up and tune instruments 15 minutes before rehearsal starts

- Members are expected to attend rehearsals every week. If valid reasons for absences are given, we expect members to catch up what is missed in their own individual practice. Sustained unexplained absences from rehearsal may result in consequences determined by the committee.

Audition Information

For the audition, the auditionee is required to prepare:

- 1x scale (any key, octave and rhythm)

- 1x piece of own choice

- 2x provided excerpt (will be provided shortly after registration)

There will be sight reading provided in the audition.

Auditions will be held on Saturday 27th of January. Applications will close on Saturday 20th of January. Soon after application, excerpts for the audition will be shared. Individual audition slots will be allocated and shared by Sunday 21st of January.

Auditions will take approximately 10 minutes, and candidates will set up and tune instruments outside the audition room before their audition slot.

An interview with representatives of the orchestra will be required.

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