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Audition Requirements

2021-22 Season Audition Dates:

August 21st, 2021
9:00a-2:00p
(appointment time assigned)
Schwob School of Music

Download the 2021-2022 YOGC Auditions brochure

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.