Orchestral Audition Institute for Strings - University of Houston
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June 14 - 19, 2021


Orchestral Audition Institute for Strings

Kirsten Yon, director

A focused 'boot camp' for orchestral excerpts often required for audition lists. Daily sessions focus on prescribed excerpts and end with a mock audition.  Master classes by guest faculty focus on audition solo preparation (Concerto Expositions and unaccompanied Bach). Guest speakers, audition preparation panels, a culminating Mock Audition, and a faculty chamber music performance round out the institute's offerings. 

Dates: June 14-19, 2021.  All sessions will be held on Zoom.  The final faculty concert will be held with a limited, live audience in the Moores Opera House, and it will be livestreamed and available for at home audiences on YouTube. 

Recommended for professionally oriented players ages: 17-27


Violin: Kirsten Yon Ertan Torgul

Viola: Wayne Brooks, Suzanne Lefevre

Cello: Tony Kitai,  Alan Stepansky

Double bass: Paul Ellison, Eric Larson 

Master Class Faculty

Violin: Lucie Robert, Joria Fleezanis; Viola: Helen Callus, Richard O'Neill; Cello: Norman Fischer, Alan Stepansky; Double bass: Shawn Conley, Paul Ellison

Guest Lectures

Preparing Your Best Audition — Rob Johnson, Assoc. Prin. Horn, Houston Symphony 

Entrepreneurship/Making Your Niche — Annie Hochhalter, Julian Hernandez, WindSync 

How to Pressure Proof Your Audition — Noa Kageyama, www.bulletproofmusician.com 

Community Engagement That Actually Engages Your Community — Lecolion Washington,  Community Music Center of Boston 

Yoga for Musicians — Linda Gilbert, oboist/Certified Yoga Instructor 

Fees (all fees are non-refundable)

  • Application fee: $40 (due with completed application by June 1, 2021, payable by credit card only, through Eventbrite). Space is limited and early applications are encouraged in order to ensure participation.
  • Tuition: $400 (due upon acceptance, payable by credit card only, through Eventbrite). Upon acceptance, you will be sent a link to pay your tuition. All tuition payments are due Friday, June 4 by 5 p.m.


Application/Audition Submission Deadline: May 31, 5 p.m.

Click HERE to apply.

  •  $40 application fee (non-refundable).  
  • Complete online application form.* 
  • Submit audition recording(s).   

Audition requirements: Video ONLY. Two (2) contrasting works from different periods.  Please include your link(s) to YouTube video(s) or similar digital platform on your application form.  File-sharing  links are also acceptable. 

*Note: This application form requires a Microsoft account. If you are prompted to log in, you may use any active Microsoft account you may already have for work, school, Hotmail, or Outlook. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can create one at https://account.microsoft.com/account.  


June 14 -19, 2021 

Click HERE for Daily Schedule 

All classes, master classes, lectures, and mock auditions take place online. The final faculty concert will be performed LIVE in the Moores Opera House and will be streamed for those who cannot attend in person. 


For program information, contact Institute Director: Phone 713-743-3154 or email: kayon@uh.edu  

For administrative inquiries, contact the TMF Office: phone 713-743-3167 or email: tmf@uh.edu 

The health and safety of all students, faculty, and on-campus guests are our primary concern. We will monitor the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, following all university, city, and state guidelines, and all applicants will be notified if public safety concerns prove insurmountable.