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Your ensemble placement audition will be assessed on:

  • the difficulty of the selections you choose

  • your rhythm

  • your tone quality

  • your musicality

Please prepare the following for your audition:

1. Excerpts

  • Please prepare BOTH of the following excerpts.

  • Please also prepare one additional solo, excerpt, or etude of your choice. The excerpted portion should not exceed 2 minutes.

2. Scales

  • Two or three octaves of any major scale up to 4 sharps/4 flats

  • Scales should be performed in the following fashion:


3. Sight reading

At the audition, students are given a musical passage to sight read. You will get a short, specified amount of time to look at it. Check the key signature, time signature, markings, and scan the passage for any trouble spots before performing it.

Harp Excerpts

Piano Excerpts  (Primarily for placement in Symphony/Repertory.)

There are limited positions in harp and piano. Pianists who place into Repertory or Symphony Orchestras will also be considered for participation in other LYO ensembles.  

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