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AUDITION - STRINGS

SELECTING AND PREPARING FOR YOUR AUDITION.

1. Excerpts

  • Select and prepare for the most advanced orchestra whose excerpts you can play well.  Below is a description of each orchestra and excerpt packets for your instrument.   

  • Play only the first two excerpts if you aren't interested in being considered for a principal chair.

  • Play the third excerpt if you would like to be considered for a principal position.

2. Scale

  • Serenade Orchestra – 1 or 2 octave scale of your choice

  • Concert Orchestra – 1 or 2 octave scale of your choice​

  • Repertory Orchestra – 2 or 3 octave scale of your choice​

  • Symphony Orchestra  – 3 octave scale of your choice. Double bass may play 2 octave scale if desired.

 

 

 

 

3. Basic 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.

So which orchestra is right for me?

Students should select the orchestra that seems like the best fit.  In most cases, your school or private teacher can help you choose.  You should audition for the most advanced orchestra whose excerpts you can play well.  In some cases, we will place a student in a different ensemble than they auditioned.

Serenade Orchestra

Serenade Orchestra is LYO's youngest full-string orchestra.  Most students in Serenade have only been playing their instrument for 1-2 years.  In some cases, students that have been playing for less than a year but are advancing quickly may succeed in Serenade.  Serenade Orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons at our St. Matthews rehearsal venue.

Download the Serenade Orchestra placement excerpts below.

     Serenade VIOLIN excerpts

     Serenade VIOLA excerpts

     Serenade CELLO excerpts

     Serenade BASS excerpts

All students must play excerpts #1 and #2.  If you want to be considered for a principal chair position, you must also play #3.

Don't forget, Serenade students must also play a 1 or 2 octave scale of the student's choice AND play a short sight reading exercise

Concert Orchestra

Concert Orchestra is LYO's intermediate full-string orchestra.  Most students in Concert have been playing their instrument for a few years and are ready for a greater challenge.  Most students in Concert Orchestra are middle and high school students.  Concert Orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons at our St. Matthews rehearsal venue.

Download the Concert Orchestra placement excerpts below.

     Concert VIOLIN excerpts

     Concert VIOLA excerpts

     Concert CELLO excerpts

     Concert BASS excerpts

All students must play excerpts #3 and #4.  If you want to be considered for a principal chair position, you must also play #5.

Don't forget, Concert students must also play a 1 or 2 octave scale of the student's choice AND play a short sight reading exercise

Repertory Orchestra

Repertory Orchestra is LYO's intermediate symphonic orchestra.  This a string student's first opportunity to play alongside with woodwind, brass and percussion students. Most students in Repertory have been playing for several years and are typically young high school students.  Advanced middle school students often are placed in Repertory as well.  Repertory Orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons at Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS).

Download the Repertory Orchestra audition excerpts below.

     Repertory VIOLIN excerpts

     Repertory VIOLA excerpts

     Repertory CELLO excerpts

     Repertory BASS excerpts

All students must play excerpts #5 and #6.  If you want to be considered for a principal chair position, you must also play #7.

Don't forget, Repertory students must also play a 2 or 3 octave scale of the student's choice AND play a short sight reading exercise

Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra is LYO's flagship symphonic orchestra.  LYO's most advanced students are placed in Symphony.  Students are typically high school students. Symphony Orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons at Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS).

Download the Symphony Orchestra audition excerpts below.

     Symphony VIOLIN excerpts

     Symphony VIOLA excerpts

     Symphony CELLO excerpts

     Symphony BASS excerpts

All students must play excerpts #7 and #8.  If you want to be considered for a principal chair position, you must also play #9.

Don't forget, Symphony students must also play a 3 octave scale of the student's choice AND play a short sight reading exercise. Bass students may only play a 2 octave scale if they prefer.

 

Scales should be performed in the following rhythm, or in an equivalent style and tempo:

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