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Youth Orchestra Auditions

Symphoria Youth Orchestras / Youth Orchestra Auditions

Join us!  Auditions for the Symphoria Youth Orchestras are held in June and sometimes early September.

Prepare to audition: Auditions last about 7-10 minutes and are heard by the Symphoria Youth Orchestras conducting staff and Symphoria musicians.

Fees: There is a non-refundable audition fee of $10 for auditioning students.  Audition fees are non-refundable and due at the time of audition.  For more information, please refer to the audition brochure or call our office at 315-299-5598.

Age Requirements:  Auditioning string players must be at least 7 years old; wind, brass, and percussion players need to have played their instrument for at least one year. No one over 22 years old will be auditioned.

Other Requirements: All orchestra members are expected to participate in school music programs.  By participating in school music programs, students benefit by playing every day, becoming a better sight-reader, and playing an important part in helping to build meaningful music programs in your schools and communities.

Audition dates for the 2019-2020 season are:
June 1
June 2
June 8
June 9

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AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Youth Repertory Orchestra and Young Artists Orchestra

Strings, woodwinds, and brass must prepare the following:

  • A solo work (NYSSMA Level 5 of 6).   The solo piece need not be memorized and must be played without accompaniment.
  • Students who wish to be considered for the Young Artists Orchestra should also download the excerpt packet for their instrument and consider preparing 1 excerpt.  These excerpts are not required, but encouraged.  (Click on your instrument: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass , Flute, Oboe, ClarinetHorn).

      PLEASE NOTE: Not every instrument has an excerpt packet.

  • Major and minor scales may be requested. Winds and brass: 1-2 octaves; strings: 2-3 octaves.
  • The audition may end with short sight-reading passages.

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.

 

Youth String Orchestra:

String players must prepare the following:

  • A solo work (NYSSMA Level 3 or higher).   The solo piece need not be memorized and must be played without accompaniment.
  • C G D A F Bb and Eb Major scales may be requested. 1-2 octaves
  • The audition may end with short sight-reading passages.

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