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AUDITION - WOODWINDS & BRASS

 

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 ensemble/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 (expect for Symphony Orchestra students, all wind and brass players for Symphony are considered for principal positions).​

2. Scale(s)

  • Horizons Winds or Brass Ensemble, prepare one or two octaves of any major scale up to 2 sharps/2 flats

  • Repertory Orchestra, prepare one, two, or three octaves of any major scale up to 3 sharps/3 flats

  • Symphony Orchestra, prepare two or three octaves of any major scale up to 3 sharps/3 flats

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

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.

So which ensemble or orchestra is right for me?

Students should select the ensemble or 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 ensemble or orchestra whose excerpts you can play well.  In some cases, we will place a student in a different ensemble than they auditioned.

Horizons Woodwinds & Brass Ensembles

Horizons Winds and Brass Ensembles are LYO's ensembles for growing woodwind and brass students.  The Horizons program was developed to help prepare students for the eventual playing demands of Repertory and Symphony Orchestra.  Many students in Horizons have only been playing a few years.  Horizons students range in ages and are committed to advancing in their musical journey.  Horizons Wind and Brass Ensembles rehearse on Sunday afternoons at Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS).

Download the Horizons Winds and Brass Ensembles placement excerpts below.

     Horizons Winds FLUTE excerpts

     Horizons Winds OBOE excerpts

     Horizons Winds CLARINET excerpts

     Horizons Winds BASSOON excerpts

     Horizons Winds SAXOPHONE excerpts

     Horizons Brass TRUMPET excerpts

     Horizons Brass HORN excerpts

     Horizons Brass TROMBONE excerpts

     Horizons Brass EUPHONIUM excerpts

     Horizons Brass TUBA 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, Horizons students must also prepare one or two octaves of any major scale up to 2 sharps/2 flats AND play a short sight reading exercise. 

Repertory Orchestra

Repertory Orchestra is LYO's intermediate symphonic orchestra.  This a wind or brass student's first opportunity to play alongside string and percussion students. Most students in Repertory have been playing for several years and are typically young high school students.  Advanced middle school students are often 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 FLUTE excerpts

     Repertory OBOE excerpts

     Repertory CLARINET excerpts

     Repertory BASSOON excerpts

     Repertory TRUMPET excerpts

     Repertory HORN excerpts

     Repertory TROMBONE excerpts

     Repertory EUPHONIUM excerpts

     Repertory TUBA 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, Repertory students must also prepare one, two, or three octaves of any major scale up to 3 sharps/3 flats 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 FLUTE excerpts

     Symphony OBOE excerpts

     Symphony CLARINET excerpts

     Symphony BASSOON excerpts

     Symphony TRUMPET excerpts

     Symphony HORN excerpts

     Symphony TROMBONE excerpts

     Symphony EUPHONIUM excerpts

     Symphony TUBA excerpts

All students must play excerpts #5 and #6.  All students are considered for principal positions.

Don't forget, Symphony students must also prepare two or three octaves of any major scale up to 3 sharps/3 flats AND play a short sight reading exercise. 

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