Select Ensemble

photo credit: Suzanne Cordeiro

The Select Ensemble is a group of students chosen to represent the Long Center education programs and perform numbers during the Awards Ceremony.

The Greater Austin High School Musical Theater Awards Select Ensemble provides an exciting opportunity for passionate and dedicated high school students to represent the Long Center’s education programs as ambassadors throughout the year! Each fall, interested students audition for the honor of receiving one of the 25+ spots available in that year’s Select Ensemble, which rehearses from October through April for performances at Long Center events, galas, and — of course — the GAHSMTA ceremony itself. As representatives of the Greater Austin community of high school musical theatre students, the Select Ensemble opens the awards show and performs a medley during the ceremony. The Select Ensemble performs in a multitude of settings for audiences of 20 to 2000. In addition to the performance training, students gain skills in promotions, public relations, fundraising, and producing. There is no fee for participation. Students will need to provide their own performance clothing.


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The Audition

Registration for Select Ensemble auditions are closed.

Monday, October 9 at the Long Center
Students are expected to prepare two contrasting song cuts. There will also be a dance call.

  • Songs should be 16-bar cuts in contrasting styles (ex. one ballad/one uptempo; one classic/one contemporary). Bring sheet music in the correct key.
  • The dance call will take place from 2p-4p. Everyone must attend the dance call. Bring appropriate dance clothes and jazz shoes or sneakers. Bring tap shoes if you are a tapper.
  • Audition Slot Parking: We will only have 20 spaces available in the service yard. The entrance is to the right of the parking garage. You may park there for your audition slot but must move your car for the dance call. Please use the call box just outside of the service yard and let security know you are here for SE auditions.
  • Dance Call Parking: Please park in either the garage next door ($8 to park) or find street parking nearby. Do NOT park in the lot across the street (behind Hooters), you will be towed.
  • If you are getting dropped off, the drop-off location is in the circle drive (first drive way entrance).

Sorry sign-ups for the auditions are closed now.

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Expectations of Select Ensemble Members

  • Attend all called rehearsals
  • Be on time and ready to work
  • Perform in at least 2 Long Center events leading up to the Awards
  • Learn songs and dances in a timely manner
  • Set a positive example as a representative of the GAHSMTA and the Long Center
  • Acquire a costume based on specifications given

Calendar 2017-18 (subject to change)

Text Weekday Date Start time End time Location
SE Auditions Monday 10/9/2017 10:00:00 AM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Full Company Mtg/Rehearsal) Friday 10/27/2017 6:00:00 PM 9:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 11/4/2017 1:00:00 PM 5:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 11/11/2017 10:00:00 AM 5:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Performance – LC Terrace) Friday 11/24/2017 9:00:00 AM 1:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 12/2/2017 1:00:00 PM 6:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 12/9/2017 1:00:00 PM 6:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Wednesday 12/20/2017 10:00:00 AM 6:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Tuesday 1/2/2018 10:00:00 AM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 2/3/2018 10:00:00 AM 6:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 2/10/2018 1:00:00 PM 6:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Friday 2/16/2018 6:00:00 PM 9:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Friday 2/23/2018 6:00:00 PM 9:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 2/24/2018 1:00:00 PM 6:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Wednesday 2/28/2018 6:30:00 PM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Gala Rehearsal/Performance) Saturday 3/3/2018 10:00:00 AM 11:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Sunday 3/4/2018 7:00:00 PM 10:00:00 PM TBA
Nomination Day Tuesday 3/6/2018 5:30:00 AM 8:00:00 AM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Wednesday 3/7/2018 6:00:00 PM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsals) Monday 3/12/2018 10:00:00 AM 6:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsals) Tuesday 3/13/2018 10:00:00 AM 6:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Friday 3/23/2018 6:00:00 PM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 3/24/2018 10:00:00 AM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Friday 3/30/2018 10:00:00 AM 6:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 3/31/2018 10:00:00 AM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Friday 4/6/2018 6:00:00 PM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 4/7/2018 10:00:00 AM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Sunday 4/8/2018 10:00:00 AM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Thursday 4/12/2018 6:00:00 PM 9:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Friday 4/13/2018 6:00:00 PM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Saturday 4/14/2018 10:00:00 AM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Sunday 4/15/2018 10:00:00 AM 10:00:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Monday 4/16/2018 5:30:00 PM 10:30:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal) Tuesday 4/17/2018 5:30:00 PM 10:30:00 PM TBA
SE (Rehearsal/Show) Wednesday 4/18/2018 10:00:00 AM 11:00:00 PM TBA

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What do Select Ensemble Members Get?

  • Specialized training along with top students across Central Texas
  • The chance to perform on the Long Center stage as the chosen select ensemble throughout the Awards Event.
  • The opportunity to be invited to callbacks for Summer Stock Austin’s 2018 Season.
  • Opportunities to engage in Long Center performances. In previous years, students danced on stage with John Stamos and The Beach Boys, sung onstage with Audra McDonald, and worked with Carol Burnett.

The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards are presented by the Long Center for the Performing Arts with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts and ZACH Theatre, in partnership with Scholarship Program Sponsor Wells Fargo, Scholarship Underwriters The Cipione Family Foundation, Founding Sponsors Carolyn and Marc Seriff.