Would you like to play music with your friends in one of Third Street's many ensembles? Whether you're interested in one of our orchestras, concert bands, jazz groups, chamber ensembles or more, we would love to have you!
If you are a new student interested in joining mid-year, or have questions about our programs, please fill out the form below!
Ensemble Openings, Requirements and Prerequisites
Not all ensembles require an audition to join, so read more below!
Third Street choirs are divided by age and do not require an audition. Contact Student Services to add Chorus to your schedule, or call 212-777-3240 x17 with questions. Ready to register today? Download this form.
Students who plan to continue performing in the same orchestra do not need to re-audition. New students and those interested in moving to the next level of orchestra can join one at the beginning of the school year or after the holiday break. Each orchestra has its own set of audition requirements detailed in the table below. Students should use these criteria as guidelines for audition preparation, but may be placed in a different orchestra based on their audition.
|Ages||6 - 10||8 - 12||10 - 15||12 and above|
|Scales||D, G||D, G, C, A||Up to 3 sharps or flats||At least 5 sharps or flats|
|Sight Reading||May be required||Required||Required||Required|
|Minimum Level Requirements|
|Violin||Book 1: Minuet 3||Book 3: Martini's Gavotte||End of Book 4: Bach's Concerto for 2 Violins or Gavotte||Middle of Book 6: Handel's Sonata No. 3|
|Viola||Book 1: Minuet 3||Book 3: Martini's Gavotte||End of Book 4: Telemann's Concerto in G Major for Two Violas||Book 6: M. Marais' La Folia (arr. D. Preucil)|
|Cello||Book 1: The Happy Farmer||Book 3: J.S. Bach's Allegro Moderato||End of Book 4: Breval's Sonata in C Major, Op. 40, No. 1||Book 7: Eccles' Sonata in G Minor|
|Bass||Book 1: The Little Fiddle||Theme from Mahler's Symphony No. 1||End of Book 3: Sweet Georgia Brown||End of Book 4: Marcello's Sonata in E Minor|
Advanced Cello Ensemble (ACE)
Advanced cello students prepare and perform multi-part cello ensemble works by composers ranging from Bach to the Beatles. Audition requirements: Prepared piece at Suzuki book 5 level (or equivalent), 3 octave scales, sight reading.
- No age/years of study requirements
- Sight reading--yes
- 2 Octave major and minor scales through 3 sharps and flats
- Chromatic scale 2 octaves
- Solo: J.Andersen Scherzo or equivalent
- Students will be asked to demonstrate techniques including vibrato and double tonguing.
- No age/yrs of study requirement
- Sight reading--yes
- C scale, F scale, G scale: 1 octave
- Solo of your choice
Third Street's jazz program is comprised of two main ensembles, Jazz Prep (ages 9 - 11) and Jazz Big Band (ages 12 and above), as well as a number of small jazz combos. Students interested in auditioning for a jazz combo should prepare a solo selection which demonstrates their musical and technical abilities. Some sight-reading will be required. Students may also be asked to play a scale.
Students interested in auditioning for Jazz Band Prep should review the Jazz Band Prep Audition Packet by clicking here. This packet details audition requirements for saxophones, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Additional instruments may be accepted at the director’s discretion.
Students interested in auditioning for Jazz Big Band should review the Jazz Big Band Audition Packet by clicking here. This packet details audition requirements for saxophones, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass and drums.
Students will be placed in groups based on their age and ability as judged in auditions. Returning students do not need to audition. The recommended minimum age of a student playing in an ensemble is 6-years-old, and they will need to show proficiency appropriate to their age in technique, musicianship and reading abilities.
Students must be taking individual piano lessons and have consent and support from their individual lesson instructors to participate in the program. .
Before auditioning, students must demonstrate performance readiness by participating in at least three public performances such as a Music Hour, studio recital, concert or equivalent performances outside of Third Street.
Openings for Spring 2018 are available in the New Horizons Band, Adult Chamber Music and Adult Jazz Workshop. Contact us to learn more.