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Auditions

2018-2019 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association Auditions

August 24 - August 27, 2018

West Valley Middle School 

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 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 Preludium 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 


Junior Orchestra

The Junior Orchestra serves beginning students. No Orchestra experience is required.  These students need to be able to recognize notes and have good set-up and basic technique.  They improve the basics of playing their instruments, learn to better read notes and participate in a non-competitive atmosphere.  Junior Orchestra members are advised to take private lessons. The Junior Orchestra performs during the KSYO Holiday Party at West Valley Middle School and joins the Preludium for the Spring Concert on stage at the Tennessee Theatre each year. 


YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

(Strings, Winds, Brass & Percussion)


  • All Major Scales @ quarter note = 100 (Strings play with separate bow strokes) 
  • Strings should also demonstrate spiccato bow technique- 4 sixteenth notes per pitch @ quarter note = 80 for 3 octaves 
  • Winds/Brass should include a chromatic scale from the lowest possible note to the highest
  • Percussion Applicants should prepare excerpts for every instrument utilized in the audition plus scales and rudiments, along with sight-reading.
  • 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, PRELUDIUM and JUNIOR ORCHESTRA

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%)