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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.  Download a PDF of the audition brochure HERE and send it in to the Symphoria office, or fill out a digital version of the 2018-19 Season Audition Application to schedule your audition time.  Register online by clicking HERE.

Prepare to audition: Auditions last about 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 new 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 2018-2019 season are:
June 8 (strings)
June 9 (strings)
June 10 (strings, winds, brass & percussion)
June 15 (winds & brass)
June 16 (strings)
June 17 (strings, winds, brass & percussion)
June 22 (strings)
June 23 (strings)
June 24 (strings, winds, brass & percussion)

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section HERE!

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.  These excerpts are optional, but highly recommended.  (Click on your instrument: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass , Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn).   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.
  • Major scales may be requested. 1-2 octaves.
  • The audition may end with short sight-reading passages.

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