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Virtual Audition Seminar

The Cincinnati Young Artists is pleased to offer the Virtual Audition Seminar. This 4 week program takes place in July and is for college-aged and pre-professional cellists looking to jump-start their preparation for orchestra auditions through weekly excerpt class, private lessons and mock auditions for members of Admissions at the New World Symphony and prominent conductors. Many orchestras had to postpone scheduled auditions due to the pandemic. Be ready when those auditions are rescheduled!

The program will be led by Alan Rafferty, CYA Artistic Director. In addition to his position as a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Rafferty is on the cello faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where he also teaches the Orchestral Repertoire class. His students have won positions in full time orchestras and festivals around the world.

Mock Audition Clinicians

New World Symphony: Thomas Hadley, JT Kane & Michael Linville

Ken Lam, Conductor

Ken Lam is Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC), Music Director of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Resident Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Maestro Lam will be considering participants for the sublist of Charleston and Illinois based on the Mock Audition.

Larry Rachleff, Conductor

Larry Rachleff is the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting and Music Director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He recently completed twenty-one years as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and formerly served as Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony. Additionally, he served as Artistic Advisor of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Carl Topilow, Conductor

Carl Topilow has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as symphonic and pops conductor, educator and instrumentalist. As conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer music festival based in Breckenridge, Colorado and formerly as conductor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Carl has conducted a vast amount of the standard symphonic repertoire. In these roles, he has mentored countless musicians and conductors for careers in music. 

Program Details

Private Lessons

Mock Auditions

Orchestral Repertoire Class


Private Lessons will be scheduled individually and take place Monday and Tuesday of weeks 1-3.

Week 1: July 6-7

Monday, July 6

  • 10 am: Orientation
  • 10:30- 11:30 am: Building the Perfect Audition Warmup
  • 1:00-3:00 pm: Orchestral Repertoire Class #1
  • Private Lesson #1 (45 minutes)

Tuesday, July 7

Week 2: July 13-14

Monday, July 13

Tuesday, July 14

Week 3: July 20-21

Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

Week 4: July 27-28

Monday, July 27

Tuesday, July 28

Application and Tuition

Virtual Audition Seminar

  • Part I: Registrant Information

  • Please indicate which time zone you will be in at the time of the Academy.
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Part II: Audition

  • Please upload video of exposition of major concerto (no more then 5 minutes)
  • Please upload video of movement of Bach and/or 2 standard excerpts
  • Application deadline is June 1st. After June 1, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
    Price: $25.00