Apply to the National Orchestral Institute + Festival

Applications for the 2020 National Orchestral Institute + Festival are no longer being accepted. Applications and auditions are typically held for the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, harp, percussion, violin, viola, cello and double bass. Information for 2021 applications and auditions will be announced in Fall 2020.

Application Procedure for Live Auditions

 

To register for a live audition, you must complete our online application form for live auditions and pay the non-refundable application fee. Be prepared to upload your resume when you complete the form.

During the application cycle, applications for live auditions are accepted on a rolling basis until capacity for the audition site is filled. Prospective members are strongly encouraged to apply before their intended audition date to secure individual audition times. Walk-in auditions are not recommended but may sometimes be available at select sites.

Audition times will be posted approximately one week before requested audition dates. If you have questions about the application process, contact NOI+F via email at noi@umd.edu or phone at 301.405.2317.

Application Procedure for Video Recorded Auditions

 

All percussion applicants are required to submit a video recorded audition. String, wind and harp players who live more than 100 miles from their closest audition site may also submit a recorded audition. Video recorded auditions submitted by string, wind and harp applicants living within 100 miles of an audition site will be automatically disqualified.

To submit a video audition, fill out the online application form and pay the non-refundable application fee. Please have your audition video and resume ready for upload when you fill out the application form. You will be required to submit both in order to complete the application form.Video applications for NOI+F 2020 are no longer being accepted. Information for 2021 auditions will be announced in Fall 2020.

Guidelines for percussion video auditions:

  • Video auditions must contain all of the audition repertoire submitted as two files:
    • File 1: a continuous take showing all timpani requirements
    • File 2: a continuous take showing all percussion requirements
  • All pieces should be played without accompaniment.
  • The following video formats are accepted: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV
  • Files must be less than 1GB in size. If you need to submit a larger file, email or call NOI+F at noi@umd.edu or 301.405.2317 for instructions. 

Guidelines for string, wind, harp and brass video auditions:

  • Video auditions must contain all of the audition repertoire performed as a continuous and unedited segment. Do not pause the recording equipment between excerpts. Any indication that the video has been edited or that the video equipment has been stopped during the audition, will result in disqualification.
  • All pieces should be played without accompaniment.
  • The following video formats are accepted: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV
  • Files must be less than 1GB in size. If you need to submit a larger file, email or call NOI+F at noi@umd.edu or 301.405.2317 for instructions. 

Questions + Additional Information

If you have additional questions or would like additional information, contact us at noi@umd.edu or 301.405.2317.