Youth Symphony

Auditions & Registration

Auditions 2019-2020

The registration form below must be completed for each child wishing to participate in Youth Symphony. While auditions are not required for Super Bows, this form must still be completed to register your child.

Each student will be placed in the ensemble best suited to their skill level. Please check the sidebar for additional information about the audition guidelines, schedule, requirements, and more.

Student Information

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Gender:
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Please include student email if you would like for them to receive rehearsal reminders and other announcements.

Parent/Guardian Information

Please note: Primary Parent/Guardian name and address must match on payment page.



Would you like your contact info listed in the Youth Symphony Parent Directory? Families use this information to set up carpools and other things related to Youth Symphony. It will only be distributed to YS families.






Audition Information

Auditions are not required for Super Bows participants.

Requested Ensemble:



Instrument:



Preferred audition date and time: We do our best to accommodate requests, but please note that the easiest to schedule are broad requests like "after 6 PM". Click here to check current availability.





Emergency Information

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Media Release

The San Luis Obispo Symphony may take photographs, videos, or recordings of Youth Symphony auditions, rehearsals, and performances to be used on our website and/or social media accounts, as well as printed materials such as brochures and funding requests. While we will not tag or identify any student, your child's image may be used in these promotional materials in this and future years. No photographs, videos, or recordings will be sold or used for commercial purposes.

Tuition Agreement

Participation Agreement


The information contained in this form will be used by the San Luis Obispo Symphony as it pertains to the Youth Symphony program. After clicking "submit" you will be redirected to a payment page. A $35 audition fee is required to reserve your child's spot in this program. This fee is waived for students joining Super Bows. If you have any questions regarding this payment, please call the San Luis Obispo Symphony office at 805-543-3533 and ask for the Music Education department.

Everything You Need to Know about Auditions

Who can try out for Youth Symphony?

Youth Symphony is open to musicians that are high school seniors or younger. If you have taken private string lessons for one year or are a Strings in the Schools graduate, no audition is required to join Super Bows. All students must fill out a registration form.

Is there an audition fee?

There is a non refundable, non tax deductible fee of $35 for each child auditioning for Youth Symphony.

When are Youth Symphony auditions?

The 2019-20 audition schedule is as follows:

Concert Orchestra string musicians, Academy String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, and Preparatory Strings:
Sat, Jun 1, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Concert Orchestra wind musicians, Concert Orchestra brass musicians:
Sept 2019 | Time TBD

Percussion:
Sept 2019 | Time TBD

Please click here to view available time slots for upcoming auditions.

Where are the auditions held?

Community Baptist Church
51 W Foothill Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

What are the audition requirements?

Each Youth Symphony ensemble is designed for different skill levels and each has their own audition requirements.

Concert Orchestra

  • A prepared piece of your choice
  • Sight reading
  • Scales
    • Strings: 3-octave Major scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps. Adjudicators may ask for bowing variation.
    • Brass and Woodwinds: 2-octave Major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps; 2-octave Chromatic scales
  • The following prepared piece in it’s entirety (click the instrument name to download):
  • All musicians will be assessed for intonation, control, tone, and presence

Academy String Orchestra

  • Violin: A prepared piece at least at the level of Suzuki Book 3 or higher and experience in 3rd position
  • Viola and Cello: A prepared piece at least at the level of Suzuki Book 3 or higher
  • Sight reading at an intermediate level
  • Scales
    • Violin: 2-octave major scales – G, A C, D and B-flat
    • Viola: 2-octave major scales – C, D, F, and E-flat
    • Cello: 2-octave major scales – C, D, and one of your choice
    • Bass: 2-octave major scale of your choice
  • All musicians will be assessed for intonation, control, tone, and presence

Symphonic Winds

  • A prepared solo piece or part
  • Simple sight reading
  • Four major scales and a chromatic scale
  • All musicians will be assessed for intonation, control, tone, and presence

Preparatory Strings

  • A prepared piece at the level of Bach Minuets in Suzuki Book 1 or higher
  • Sight reading of simple melodies
  • Scales
    • Violin: 1-octave D and A Major, 2-octave G Major
    • Viola: 1-octave D and G Major, 2-octave C Major
    • Cello: 1-octave D and G Major, 2-octave C Major
    • Bass: 1-octave G Major
  • All musicians will be assessed for intonation, control, tone, and presence

Percussion

  • Snare drum roll
  • Timpani roll and tuning
  • Major scales on a mallet instrument
  • The following prepared piece (click the instrument name to download):
Additional questions?

If you have additional questions about Youth Symphony auditions, please call the San Luis Obispo Symphony office at 805-543-3533 and ask for the Music Education department.