Youth Philharmonic Audition Requirements

Youth Philharmonic Audition Requirements

This page has been updated for auditions for the 2019-2020 season.

Youth Philharmonic auditions consist of three parts: scale requirement, solo requirement, and sightreading.

Scale Requirement – Two scales of your choice, one major and one melodic minor, with arpeggios. Violinists who wish to be considered for Violin I should prepare three octaves; all others should prepare two octaves.

Perform scales as eighth notes at quarter note = 60 or faster, at a tempo you can maintain, four notes to a bow for strings. The tonic may be doubled in each octave. Perform arpeggios as eighth note triplets, three notes to a bow for strings.

Scales should show your best tone, intonation, and consistency of tempo.

Solo Requirement – A short piece of your choice at the level of Suzuki Book Four or above for Violin, Viola, or Cello. For Bass, a short piece at the level of Solo Time for Strings Book 4. Please choose a piece that demonstrates shifting.

Sightreading –  To help prospective members gauge the level of difficulty of the audition sightreading, an example is downloadable here.


Prospective Youth Philharmonic members should:
– be able to tune their own instrument
– be comfortable shifting to at least 3rd position (5th for Violin I)
– have begun learning vibrato
– be able to read and play music in keys up to three sharps or flats

Please reference the Youth Philharmonic Ensemble Description for more information about the ensemble.