Youth Orchestra Audition Requirements


Youth Orchestra Audition Requirements

Please refer to the Youth Orchestra Ensemble Description page to consider the level required for Youth Orchestra. Following are the specific musical requirements to prepare for a Youth Orchestra audition.

Strings:

  • Scales as specified below. Perform scales four eighth-notes to a bow, quarter note = 60 or faster, at a tempo you can maintain. Scales should show your best tone, intonation, and consistency of tempo.

Violin: B-flat Major, b melodic minor, three octaves.
Viola: E-flat Major, e melodic minor, three octaves.
Cello: B-Flat major, e melodic minor, three octaves.
Bass: C Major, e melodic minor, two octaves.

  • A short solo excerpt of no more than three minutes from a standard concerto, sonata, or other significant concert work..
  • Required orchestral excerpts below:

  Violin Excerpt     Viola Excerpt       Cello Excerpt       Bass Excerpts

Winds and Brass:

  • Two scales, one major, one melodic minor, of your choice, showing your full range on your instrument.
  • A short solo (or section of a solo) of no more than three minutes from a standard concerto, sonata, or other significant concert work..

Additional Instrument Specific Requirements:

  • Percussion: a short solo (from a standard concert piece or concerto) in at least two of the three areas of keyboard percussion, snare drum, and/or timpani.
  • Harpists and Pianists will not be asked to play scales but may be asked to sightread.
  • Trombone players may be asked to sight-read in alto and tenor clefs.
  • French Horn players may be asked to sight-read different transpositions.
  • Doublers (Piccolo, English Horn, Bass Clarinet, etc.) prepare a separate audition (scales, solo) for each instrument.