Audition information
for Preparatory Orchestra

Scales

Perform the listed scales with good tone quality, consistent rhythm, and accurate intonation throughout. Play separately with a quarter note for each pitch at approximately quarter note equals 88 beats per minute.

Download the Preparatory Orchestra Scale sheet (below) or use your own to perform the following:

  • Violin: C, G, and D Major one octave and the G Major second upper octave

  • Viola: C, G, and D Major one octave and the C Major second upper octave

  • Cello: C, G, and D Major one octave and the C Major second upper octave

  • Bass: C, G, and D Major one octave

NOTE: This list is the minimum scale requirement for Preparatory Orchestra auditions. If musicians are able, they should also prepare A, F, and Bb Major scales.

Excerpts

Prepare the excerpts (download below) at the marked metronome tempos with an emphasis on intonation, rhythm, and tone quality. Check the key signature to determine the appropriate finger pattern.

  • Musicians auditioning that will be new to Preparatory Orchestra should prepare excerpts #1-4 on the Preparatory Orchestra Excerpts, but can also prepare #5-6 as able.

  • Musicians auditioning to return to Preparatory Orchestra should prepare all excerpts (#1-6) on the Preparatory Orchestra Excerpts, with focus on #5-6.

Solo

This is optional for Preparatory Orchestra. Perform approximately 2 minutes of a prepared solo of your choice that best demonstrates your technical and musical abilities, as well as your ability to prepare music. This should be a studied, practiced piece and not a work in progress.

Click on the link below to download a PDF file with the audition materials for that instrument:

Violin

Viola

Cello

Bass