The Overture Ensemble is for young, elementary-level students. They are in grades 1 through 6. The majority are beginners on their instruments, but some are intermediate.
Most of our string players (violins, violas, cellos, basses) are in Suzuki Books 1 or 2 (or the equivalent). Depending on their progress, your child may be able to audition as early as only 6 months of study. There is no minimum skills requirement for strings. For audition/evaluation, your child may play a selection of their choice, that demonstrates what they have learned so far.
First violins section: if your little violinist began young and progressed quickly, the Overture Ensemble's first violins section may be the right place. Violinists under the age of 11 in Suzuki Book 3 will be place in this section. For audition/evaluation, your child may play a selection from Suzuki Book 3 or a piece with a comparable level of difficulty.
Flutists and percussionists who have completed 1 full school year of study are eligible to audition for the Overture Ensemble. Brass and reeds may audition when they have completed 2 full school years of study. For audition/evaluation, they may select something from their school band's repertoire the previous year, or their school band method book.