Youth Symphony Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements

Super Bows!

  • An Audition is not required to join Super Bows! To sign up, just fill out the registration form


Preparatory Strings

  • A prepared piece at least at the level of Bach Minuets in Suzuki Book 1
  • Scales
    • Violin: 1-octave D and A Major, 2-octave G Major
    • Viola & Cello: 1-octave D and G Major, 2-octave C Major
    • Bass: 1-octave G Major
  • Sight reading of simple melodies


Cadet Winds

  • One prepared piece from a band method book
  • One major scale


Academy String Orchestra

  • A prepared piece at the level of Suzuki Book 3 or higher.
  • Scales
    • Violin Scales: 2-octave G, A C, D and B flat Major. 
    • Viola Scales: 2-octave C, D, F, and E flat Major
    • Cello Scales: 2-octave C, D Major and one of your choice
    • Bass Scales: 2-octave Major scale of your choice
  • Sight reading at an intermediate level


Symphonic Winds

  • A prepared solo piece or part
  • Four major scales and a chromatic scale
  • Simple Sight reading 


Concert Orchestra

  • A prepared piece of your choice
  • Required Orchestral Piece, which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page
    • Overture to La Gazza Ladra - Rossini
    • If you are auditioning for Concert Orchestra for the first time, use second part. If you are returning, use the first part.
  • All auditions may include sight reading from pieces that may be performed in the 2016-2017 season.
  • All musicians will be judged for intonation, control, tone, and presence.               

String Scales

  • 3-octave Major scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps. Adjudicators may ask for bowing variation. 

Brass & Woodwinds Scales

  • 2-octave Major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps
  • 2-octave Chromatic scale
  • Prepared piece auditionee’s choice

Percussion Requirements

  • Snare drum roll
  • Timpani roll from soft to loud
  • Major mallet scales