QUOTE(ViolaMum @ Aug 30 2011, 10:32 PM)
QUOTE(horseplay @ Aug 30 2011, 08:39 PM)
I don't think it matters if the pieces are shorter as long as they are contrasting in styles, and I think the 5 minutes would be for each piece. Daughter's pieces that she has chosen for this year are about 3 and 4 minutes each (I am guessing - we haven't timed them yet - I hadn't thought to!) If the pieces are too long they will probably stop them playing part way through so they don't run over time, but it's not a problem.
Could I ask what instrument your DD plays, what Grade she is and which orchestra she's applying for? Sounds like she's already plays in the NCO?
I double checked the Viola Grade 5 pieces and the longest is actually 2m 53sec, but that's on the ABRSM CD, DS tends to play faster than they do! The longer piece that we suggested to DS tonight, he has played a little before, but he never liked it and now he says that he hates it, so that's probably a nonstarter!
I also found it on the website - the pieces are upto 5 mins each!
It's a bit more important that DS gets onto the NCO as the secondary school which it looks like he'll go to doesn't do much on the music side of things! So we're starting to feel the pressure again!
Daughter has played violin in the U11s but thinks she might like to play viola this time round, so is auditioning for the U12s on both instruments
She is working for G8 on violin and G7 viola, making final decisions about audition pieces (although knowing her she'll change her mind several times just to freak me out and make me learn more piano accompaniments!).
The lengths of the pieces you have chosen will be fine. I think they are better off playing something that they are comfortable with (and like - so probably not the one that you have suggested to DS if he hates it!) and that shows off their playing, rather than something too difficult that they might run into problems with under pressure. Having said that daughter and teacher have decided that one of her violin audition pieces will be one of the G7 exam pieces that they didn't choose for the exam because it was too difficult, not sure of the logic in that one but I am relying on her changing her mind as usual so won't worry about it yet! I'd like her to play the piece that she got the best marks for at G7, she knows it really well and not much work to do on it, but she says she doesn't want to! The other one is a random Telemann sonata that she loves.
Viola pieces, one is definitely from the G7 syllabus, that's fine, other one might be from the syllabus if she can get to grips with it, or we will fall back on something easier (that she can play in tune
Sightreading is really important, they are told to play up to a certain point, and further if they want to, but I really don't know if it's important that they continue past the point. Daughter did but she's lucky in that she finds sightreading really easy.
Daughter's new secondary school isn't rumoured to be great on music either, but her favourite part of the NCO is the regionals anyway, which she can continue to do whether she goes for an actual orchestra place or not, so the pressure is off a bit this year.
Good luck with choosing DS's audition pieces - keep us posted!