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Auditions

Audition Requests are now being accepted for Youth Orchestra Auditions for all orchestra levels.  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.

 **Some audition requirements have changed!**

 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 (Please click here for Audition excerpts).

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, have started work on advanced string repertoire and have advanced sight-reading ability. Average Age Range: 14-18 (Please click here for Audition excerpts).

Sinfonia
The Sinfonia Orchestra serves students who have studied their 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 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 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. (approx. one minute)
  • Prepared excerpt that will be available on this page (all instruments)
  • All Major Scales (Strings should demonstrate spiccato bow technique- 4 sixteenth notes/pitch @ quarter note = 60 (3 octaves)) (Winds/Brass should include a chromatic scale from the lowest possible note to the highest)
  • Sight-Reading  


Sinfonia, Philharmonia and Preludium audition requirements: 

(String Auditions Only)

Sinfonia: 

  • Approximately one minute of a prepared solo which demonstrates the player's most advanced level of technical and musical development (40%)
  • Sight Reading (40%)
  • Violinists prepare a 3 octave scale in A, B-flat, C, D, or E-flat Major - student's choice (20%)
  • Violists and Cellists prepare a 3 octave scale in G, A, B-flat, D, or E-flat Major - student's choice (20%) 
  • Bassists should demonstrate a prepared 3 octave scale in C or D Major with octave displacement - student's choice (20%)
  • Be comfortable demonstrating more complicated rhythm and bowing demands

Philharmonia: 

  • Approximately one minute of a prepared solo which demonstrates the player's most advanced level of technical and musical development (40%)
  • Sight Reading (40%)
  • Violin, Viola and Cello students should demonstrate a prepared 2 or 3 octave scale in E, B-flat, C, or F Major - student's choice (20%)
  • Bassists may use octave displacement for a 3 octave scale in E, B-flat, C or F Major - student's choice (20%)
  • Be comfortable with playing and reading quarter notes, half notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes and dotted ryhthms

Preludium: 

  • Approximately one minute of a prepared solo which demonstrates the player's most advanced level of technical and musical development (40%)
  • Sight Reading (40%)
  • Demonstration of a 2 ocatve scale - student's choice (20%)  
  • Students should have experience playing in the musical keys of G, D, A, and C  
  • Be comfortable with playing and reading quarter notes, half notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes and dotted rhythms

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