Auditions

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STRING ORCHESTRA AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
(STRING PLAYERS WITH AT LEAST ONE YEAR OF SCHOOL ORCHESTRA OR PRIVATE LESSONS)

SCALES
Violin, Viola and Cello: Choose any 2 of the following TWO OCTAVE Scales:

  • C, D, F, G, and A

String Basses: Choose any 2 of the following ONE OCTAVE Scales:

  • E, F, G, A and C.

Please play scales with a full beautiful tone: Quarter note = 88.

SOLO
Prepare and perform any solo of your choice. A well prepared audition will include a solo that features both lyrical and technical aspects. The Suzuki Series is an excellent resource.

SIGHT READING
Students will be asked to sight read a composition that is appropriate for the String Orchestra. The student will be given 1 minute to look over a short excerpt and then asked to play it to the best of their ability.

 

YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
(FULL ORCHESTRA-MUST BE ABLE TO COMPETE AT AN ALL-STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL)

SCALES
Violin: Choose any 2 of the following THREE OCTAVE Scales:

  • G, A, Bb and C

Viola and Cello: Choose any 2 of the following THREE OCTAVE Scales:

  • C, D, Eb and F

String Bass: Choose any 2 of the following TWO OCTAVE Scales:

  • E, F, G, A, Bb and C.

Woodwinds AND Brass: Play THREE CHROMATICALLY ADJACENT Scales

Percussion: Play THREE CHROMATICALLY ADJACENT Scales on a keyboard instrument

Please play scales with a full beautiful tone: Quarter note = 88.

SOLO
Prepare and perform any solo of your choice. A well prepared audition will include a solo that features both lyrical and technical aspects.

**Percussion: Prepare and perform a solo OR excerpt on all of the following instruments: Snare, timpani and any keyboard instrument.

SIGHT READING
Students will be asked to sight read a composition that is appropriate for the Youth Orchestra. The student will be given 1 minute to look over a short excerpt and then asked to play it to the best of their ability.