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Audition Requirements

2020-21 Season Audition Dates:

September 28, 2021
6:00p-9:30p
(appointment time assigned)

Download the 2020-2021 YOGC Auditions brochure

Due to the ongoing health concerns as well as the continued closure of Schwob and MCSD schools, any musician active in YOGC as of March 9, 2020 may skip the audition process and automatically be re-enrolled in YOGC for the 2020-2021 season if they are happy with their ensemble placement.

Therefore, you only have to audition if one of the following conditions is true:

  1. You were not in the String or Youth Symphony Orchestra during the 2019-2020 season
  2. You were in the String or Youth Symphony Orchestra at some point during the 2019-2020 season but had dropped out before March 9, 2020
  3. You were in the String Orchestra for the 2019-2020 season and would like to try and audition into the Youth Symphony Orchestra.

For those of you who are interested in auditioning for the woodwind, brass, or percussion sections:
Even with this decision, YOGC has at least one opening in every section available for potential new musicians.

For those of you who will be auditioning:
Audition times will be assigned between 6:00-9:30pm for all registered musicians. We promise to work with every family to make sure we do everything we can to accommodate schedules and any other barriers to auditioning. You can reach me at spayne@yogc.org with any questions you may have.

For those who are eligible to skip auditioning but have already paid the registration fee:
We would be very grateful if you would be willing to convert the $10 fee into a tax-deductible donation. YOGC lost over $20,000 in revenue due to COVID-19, and we anticipate additional funding reductions into the new season. Please reach out to me at spayne@yogc.org to confirm this choice or to discuss additional options.

 

String Orchestra Audition Requirements

(String players with at least one year of school orchestra or private lesson experience.)

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 two scales of the students choice. One will be allstate style with the first degree/tonic being a quarter note and the rest eighth notes. The other will be played as all whole notes.

Percussion: Play two scales of the students choice. One will be allstate style with the first degree/tonic being a quarter note and the rest eighth notes. The other will be played as all whole notes.

Keyboard: Play two scales of the students choice 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.