Join us this Summer 2023!
Auditions are competitive and open to band students entering 9th-12th grade and recently graduated seniors.
What is the cost to join EWS?
Summer Tuition is $110. Tuition covers 70% of the total cost to run the program. Donations, grants and ticket sales cover the rest. Comprehensive financial aid is available. Our goal is to make this summer program as accessible for all as possible.
2023 Performance: July 13 @ 7pm
Location: First Congregational Church
461 Pierson Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Frequently Asked Questions
Audition Requirements (see details below):
One continuous video with the following items in the order below:
1. All 12 major scales, multiple octaves preferred but not required
2. Chromatic Scale – demonstrating the student’s full range
3. Etude #1
4. Etude #2
Video Submission due Friday, April 14, 2023 by 11:59pm
A video with the following items in the order below:
- All 12 major scales, multiple octaves preferred but not required
- Chromatic Scale – demonstrating the student’s full range
- Etude #1
- Etude #2
Recording due date/time: Friday, April 14, 2023 by 11:59pm
Audition Results announced: Friday, April 21
Tuition: $110 due April 28
Recording Directions and Submission Details:
- Video auditions do not need to be professional quality.
- Smartphones and similar recording devices are acceptable and encouraged.
- Stand facing the camera and at an appropriate distance from the recording device.
- Face and full instrument must be visible.
Audition music must be recorded in the sequence listed above. Students may record each section separately, however all 12 scales must be recorded in one take. No editing of videos is permitted. The three videos must be compiled into one continuous video. No acoustic manipulation nor audio filters may be used. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube and must have visibility “unlisted” (not public or private) and titled Lastname_Firstname_Instrument. For example: Smith_John_oboe
All students must paste the YouTube URL short link in the registration form and submit both the video and registration form by Friday, April 14, 2023 by 11:59pm. Audition Results announced: Friday, April 21.
After preparing it according to the instructions above, submit it by clicking “Perform With Us” or click here. Share your video link as you submit your form.
Friday, April 21
6:00-9:00pm on the following dates:
Friday, July 7
Monday, July 10
Tuesday, July 11
Wednesday, July 12
Thursday, July 13 – call time 6pm, concert 7pm
Rehearsals will be held at First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, 461 Pierson St. Crystal Lake, IL 60014.
Yes, need-based financial aid is available to all families and individuals. We believe that music is an integral part of everyone’s life. Read our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.