What is SEMSBA?
It’s for students like you who love playing their instrument or sing, love being challenged, and/or love making new friends.
You’ll audition in front of a friendly judge on some scales that you’ve memorized and prepared ahead of time. You’ll also play/sing a prepared piece, and instrumentalists will be asked to sight-read a short piece of music. This part of the audition takes about 5-10 minutes. Click here to visit the auditions page for additional information.
You’ll receive a numerical score. If it’s within the cutoff, you’ll get to be a part of an amazing ensemble where you’ll play/sing challenging, satisfying music with like-minded students from all around the south shore area, led by a professional who will stretch your knowledge and let you get to know music on a deeper level. Lunch included.
What happens if I make it in?
You’ll receive a folder of music that will be performed at a concert in front of your friends and family. This is music you prepare yourself, or with a teacher. You’ll have a couple of months to get everything ready.
Then, you’ll participate in a two day festival where, on Friday, you’ll meet and practice with your new friends, and sing or play with the ensemble. You’ll come back the next morning for the finishing touches before having lunch and then performing.
Why participate in SEMSBA?
Will I get to hear the concert?
The concert is professionally recorded, and available for download for everyone’s favorite price … FREE … at the SEMSBA website.
What do I wear at the concert?
The official outfit is concert black. Black on top, black pants or ankle-length skirt or dress, black shoes. Your ensemble manager will tell you more!
What are some tips for a great audition?
Here are a few tips:
SEMSBA Logo Contest
Are you not only an amazing musician, but also a graphic artist too? SEMSBA is looking for an official logo to use for years to come (we’ve never really had one … just a font, really …)
It will be used on the covers of programs, on the website, and on the ever-popular festival sticker that everyone receives at each festival.
The winner will receive a lesson scholarship for $250, and will go down in history as the person who created the SEMSBA logo. Woot! Submission is due at auditions in February.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How will I get there and back?
SEMSBA rules state that you must arrive and leave with your school and a chaperone, who is usually a music teacher in your school system.
What time is my audition?
Your director at school will have that information for you. Be sure to ask!
Where do I get the music?
Talk to your director at school. They will be able to get your audition and festival music to you.
What should I wear to the audition?
Remember that you are representing yourself, your school music program, your school, and your town. Consider dressing comfortable-nice. Something you can easily breathe in is most important, though.
What if I get hungry?
There will be snacks sold at both auditions and festivals.
Will there be lunch?
Your lunch for both days is provided at the festival only.
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