Youth Symphony

Auditions & Registration

Auditions 2023

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.

Everything You Need to Know About YS Auditions

Who can audition for YS?

Youth Symphony is open to musicians that are high school seniors or younger. All students must fill out a registration form.

 

Is there a fee?

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

 

Where and when are auditions?

In-Person Auditions:
August 18-20 2022

all instruments, all ensembles,

Community Baptist Church 51 E Foothill, SLO

Times TBD

 

What are the requirements?

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

Preparatory Strings

A prepared piece at the level of Bach Minuets in Suzuki Book 1 or higher

Possible sight reading of simple melodies

Scales (click the instrument below for sheet music):

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

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

Possible Sight reading at an intermediate level

Scales (click the instrument below for sheet music):

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

Symphonic Winds

A prepared solo piece or part (please send in PDF of your part for our reference)

Possible simple sight reading

Four major scales of your choice and a chromatic scale

Concert Orchestra

Prepared Piece of your choice

Possible 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 3 flats and 3 sharps; 2-octave Chromatic scales

Orchestra Excerpts – Please Prepare the entire piece

Strings: Overture to the Magic Flute by Mozart

VIOLIN

VIOLA

CELLO/BASS

Winds, Brass, Percussion: Finlandia by Sibelius

FLUTE

OBOE

CLARINET

BASSOON

HORN

TRUMPET

TROMBONE

TUBA

PERCUSSION

Percussion

Snare drum roll

Timpani roll and tuning

Major scales on a mallet instrument

 

Questions?

If you have additional questions, please email [email protected].