November 18, 2020 UPDATE:
The dates for the 7th grade and Jr. High auditions as well as the clinic for all students have changed due to COVID-19. The updated dates are listed below.
January 25 – February 4, 2021: Audition window for 7th grade and Jr High auditions.
Saturday, February 6, 2021: Virtual judging event for 7th grade and Jr High auditions.
Friday, March 26 – Saturday March 27, 2021: Clinic for 7th grade, Jr High, and Sr High bands at Stillwater High School.
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra to provide audition videos to aid 8th and 9th-grade music students
TULSA, OKLAHOMA, November 11, 2020 – For the first time, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has launched a series of online videos to provide model performances of audition music for students in the Tulsa region. 8th and 9th-graders in local districts have been preparing for the upcoming North Central Director’s Association – Oklahoma (NCDA) Junior High auditions. These videos will feature TSO musicians demonstrating the required audition repertoire at the highest level and will provide tips and techniques to help students. The videos are free and will be available after November 10 at https://tulsasymphony.org/education/ncda-junior-high-video-clinics/.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will provide invaluable support to music educators as in-person instruction is often challenging. These online lessons provide instrument-specific guidance by expert performers using the required audition repertoire. According to Dr. David Carter, TSO Principal Clarinet/Director of Education, “TSO education programs are part of our outreach and aim to develop lifelong relationships with music among students of all ages. These videos will fulfill an invaluable role in fostering enthusiasm in young musicians at a critical time in their development. By providing high-quality support programming, we are encouraging middle school music students to continue pursuing excellence in their band and orchestra programs.”
The school systems with students who participate in NCDA auditions, and would benefit from these videos, include Bristow, Collinsville, Guthrie, Jenks, Owasso, Perkins-Tryon, Perry, Sapulpa, Skiatook, and Stillwater Public Schools. TSO’s professional musicians who are featured in these videos include Flute – John Rush; Oboe – Kristin Weber; Bassoon – Richard Ramey; Clarinet – Amanda Hudnall; Bass-Clarinet Angela Carter; Saxophone – Jeffrey Loeffert; Trumpet – Steve Haefner; Horn – Joshua East; Trombone & Baritone – Doug Fletcher; Tuba – Jarrod Robertson; Percussion – Roy Smith and Gerald Scholl.
ABOUT TULSA SYMPHONY
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is a community service organization that entertains, educates, heals, and inspires through musical excellence, innovation and collaboration. Serving as the cornerstone of the arts in Tulsa, the TSO partners and collaborates with Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Chorale, Philbrook Museum, Gilcrease Museum and Oklahoma Aquarium. A leader in classical music and music education, TSO presents over 30 major performances per season, which touch over 55,000 people in the Northeast Oklahoma region. At the forefront of the orchestra is artistic integrity, collaborating with renowned artists such as Joshua Bell, Amy Grant, Eric Whitacre, Yefim Bronfman, and Hanson. For additional information about TSO, please visit our website at www.TulsaSymphony.org.
Click here for HS NCDA audition results.
UPDATE: The fall business meeting has been postponed a week. The meeting is now on Wednesday, August 26 at 6pm via Zoom. Members, you will be sent meeting information via email in the near future.
August 19, 2020: Fall business meeting at Perry.
November 7, 2020: Sr High virtual audition event. Online auditions open October 23, online auditions close November 5, 2020 at midnight. These dates are set out by OkMEA for All-State auditions and will be used for NCDA auditions as well.
December 12, 2020: Jr High and 7th grade virtual audition event
January 8 and 9, 2021: Clinic at Stillwater High School
January 15 and 16, 2021: Weather contingency dates for clinic at Stillwater High School
March 26 and 27, 2021: Additional contingency dates for clinic at Stillwater High School
2020-2021 Clinicians and Chairs
7th Grade Clinician: Mary Lollis
Chair: Avery Nichols – Perkins-Tryon
Jr. High Clinician: Charles Bartrug
Chair: Tyler Simmons – Collinsville
Sr. High Clinician: David Gorham
Chair: Keysto Stotz – Skiatook
NCDA Executive Secretary: Scott Hillock – Jenks High School
NCDA Website Administrator: Mark Stevenson – Jenks High School