What is an Ensemble musician? Ensemble musicians are more experienced, more mature musicians who want an intense musical challenge during camp. To become an Ensemble musician, a camper needs to audition. The audition consists of the Placement Assessment piece and the ensemble audition piece. You must also state on your online registration that you wish to be considered for the Ensemble musician program. (Simply email - email@example.com - if you forgot to check that box.) Those chosen for the Ensemble musician program will perform the Ensemble piece, written for this year’s camp, at the Deep River Ancient Muster Tattoo on Friday night. The Ensemble musician spots will be limited to 4 bass drummers, 6-8 snare drummers, and around 12 fifers. Those chosen will be notified personally.
Readiness Parents, are you trying to determine if your child is ready to audition for the Ensemble group? Please be realistic about your child's abilities and help him or her make a good decision. There is always next year to audition! Being in the Ensemble is more than just musical ability; it is an intense experience. Our Ensemble group is typically older because we expect those in the group to have maturity and to lead the entire corps.
Here are some good guidelines:
Ensemble musicians should be able to sight read the ensemble music, and all audition music, without help.
Ensemble musicians should be able to play all the music independently.
Ensemble musicians should be able to stay focused for long periods of time as a productive member of the group.
Ensemble musicians should be able to accept constructive criticism about their playing.
Ensemble musicians will have excellent time-management skills and will submit their audition videos earlier than the deadline.
Ensemble musicians should be able to help others.
If this is difficult (or impossible) for your young musician to do this year, no worries! Audition to be an Ensemble musician next year - or the year after.
If those campers who are auditioning to be Ensemble Musicians do not submit their Placement Assessment videos by April 15 and their Ensemble audition videos by May 1st, they will not be considered for Ensemble musician placement.