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Auditions

2018-2019 Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association Auditions

August 24 - August 27, 2018

West Valley Middle School 

Audition sign-ups will open June 22

Audition excerpts coming soon!

 

 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  


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)
    • Excerpts coming soon


  • 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 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%)