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Symphoria Youth Orchestra

Symphoria Youth Orchestra

Symphoria will begin operating a Youth Orchestra and Youth String Orchestra for students across Central New York beginning in the 2017-18 season.  The Symphoria Youth Orchestras give students with a passion for music an opportunity to develop their skills, refine their musicianship and cultivate an overall appreciation for excellence in music with other similarly interested students.  Students will receive coaching from Symphoria musicians, masterclasses with selected guest artists and a side by side performance with Symphoria on stage at Crouse-Hinds Theater.  Questions related to the Symphoria Youth Orchestra may be directed to the Youth Orchestra Administrator, Jessica Tumajyan at (315) 299-5598 ext. 235 or JTumajyan@ExperienceSymphoria.org.

AUDITIONS

2017-18 Auditions will be held on June 4th, 5th, and 6th at Onondaga Community College.
We are hearing auditions for all Youth Orchestra and Youth String Orchestra Strings and additionally for the SYO Winds, Brass, and Percussion. The deadline to register for an audition time is May 25, 2017. All auditions are unaccompanied.

2017 Audition Dates: June 4, 5 and 6.

Audition Times: June 4th 1:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m.; June 5th 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; June 6th 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m;June 11th 2:00- 8:00 p.m.

SYSO Strings (Level III-IV)
SYO Strings and Harp (Level V-VI)
SYO Winds, Brass, Percussion (Level V-VI)

The audition fee is $15 and can be paid with cash, check or credit card to Symphoria (memo line: Youth Orchestra). Fee will be submitted at the time of the audition.  Please use the online audition application to request an audition date/time.

You will receive an email from SYO administrator, Jessica Tumajyan with confirmation of receipt of your online application within three days of form submission. If you are in SYSO and auditioning, you will then receive your exact audition date and time soon after the May 25 audition application deadline. If you are in SYO or SYSO and are STAYING in those groups, you will receive followup information regarding an official commitment and deposit that will save your spot (i.e. we will not fill it through the upcoming auditions) for the 2017-2018 year.

REGISTER HERE

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Woodwinds, Strings, Brass, Percussion (NYSSMA Level 5 and higher )
Students must be enrolled in their school instrumental music program, if such a program exists.

Each String, Brass, Wind, and Percussion musician will perform scales (see below), a Level V or VI solo of the player’s choice from the Current NYSSMA Manual, and may be asked to sight-read. If a work is multi-movement, movements should be selected using NYSSMA Manual Guidelines. Judges may, at their discretion, ask for excerpts from the prepared solo to keep auditions within allotted time slots. String students who are not accepted into the SYO will automatically be considered for membership in the SYSO without a separate audition. Please see below for more detail regarding the percussion auditions.

Strings:
Violin, Viola, & Cello:
All Major Scales (2 Octaves)

Double Bass:
Major Scales (2 Octaves) in E, F, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, and C

Brass:
All Major Scales: 2 octave scales in G, Ab, A, Bb; all other scales in one octave
Chromatic Scale: Chromatic scale of performer’s choice to demonstrate the performer’s full range

Winds:
All Major Scales in 2 Octaves
Chromatic Scale: Chromatic scale of performer’s choice to demonstrate the performer’s full range

Percussion:
Performers must audition in at least two of the following areas:
Mallets: 12 major scales in 2 octaves, NYSSMA level V or VI solo, sight-reading
Timpani: Tuning to given pitches, NYSSMA level V or VI solo, sight-reading
Snare: Long Roll (open-closed-open), Single Stroke Roll, NYSSMA level V or VI solo, sight-reading

Symphoria Youth String Orchestra
Strings Only (NYSSMA Level 3 and higher)
Students must be enrolled in their school instrumental music program, if such a program exists

Each musician will perform scales (see below), a level III or higher solo of the players choice from the Current NYSSMA Manual, and will sight-read. If a work is multi-movement, movements should be selected using NYSSMA Manual Guidelines. Judges may, at their discretion, ask for excerpts from the prepared solo to keep auditions within allotted time slots.

Violin: 1-Octave Scales in F, Bb, Eb; 2-Octave Scales in G, A, C, and D
Viola & Cello: 1-Octave Scales in Bb, Eb, and A; 2-Octave Scales in C, D, F, and G
Double Bass: 1-Octave Scales in C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, and A

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