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Auditions

2015-2016 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association Auditions

August 21 - August 24, 2015

West Valley Middle School 

Please read all requirements below and submit an Audition Request Form. Your Audition Request is not complete until you receive an email confirmation with a scheduled time.

 Orchestra Criteria

Youth Orchestra

The Youth Orchestra serves students who have studied their instrument at least six years and have a minimum of five years orchestra or ensemble experience.  (There are exceptions with the Wind, Brass and Percussion members). All Youth Orchestra members study with a private instructor and demonstrate advanced ability and technique including advanced sight-reading ability. Members must be in 8th grade or above.  Average Age Range:  15-18 (Audition excerpts coming in June!).


Youth Chamber Orchestra

The Youth Chamber Orchestra serves students who have studied their instrument at least four years and have a minimum of three years orchestra or ensemble experience. Youth Chamber Orchestra members study with a private instructor, work on advanced string repertoire and have advanced sight-reading abilities. Average Age Range: 14-18 (Audition excerpts coming in June!).


Sinfonia

The Sinfonia Orchestra serves students who have studied their string instrument at least three years and have a minimum of three years orchestra or ensemble experience. All Sinfonia Orchestra members study with a private instructor and must be confidently and effectively set-up on their instrument. They must have strong sight-reading abilities. Average Age Range: 10-18


Philharmonia

The Philharmonia Orchestra serves students who have studied their string instrument a minimum of two years and have a minimum of one year orchestra or ensemble experience. The students need to be able to sight-read and have good set-up and basic technique. Philarmonia members are advised to take private lessons. Average Age Range: 8-13


Preludium

The Preldium Orchestra serves students who have studied their string instrument a minimum of at least one year.  No Orchestra experience is required. These students need to be able to sight-read and have good set-up and basic technique. They learn ensemble techniques and how to follow a conductor in a non-competitive atmosphere. Preludium members are advised to take private lessons. Average Age Range: 7-12  


YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

(Strings, Winds, Brass & Percussion)

  • One prepared solo which demonstrates the player's most advanced level of technical and musical development. (approximately one minute)
  • Prepared excerpt
  • All Major Scales (Strings should demonstrate spiccato bow technique- 4 sixteenth notes per pitch @ quarter note = 60 (3 octaves)) (Winds/Brass should include a chromatic scale from the lowest possible note to the highest)
  • Sight-Reading
  • Percussion Applicants should prepare excerpts for every instrument utilized in the audition plus scales and rudiments, along with sight-reading.  

Note: String candidates may be placed in any of the five ensembles the audition committee feels best fit the student's technical ability and experience level.


SINFONIA, PHILHARMONIA AND PRELUDIUM

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: 

(String Auditions Only)

  • Demonstration of a prepared scale - student's choice (20%)
  • Approximately one minute of a prepared solo which demonstrates the player's most advanced level of technical and musical development (40%)
  • Sight Reading (40%)

Audition Request Form