Audition information
for Youth Symphony

Scales

Perform the listed scales with good tone quality, consistent rhythm, and accurate intonation throughout. Play separately or slurred with a quarter note for each pitch at approximately quarter note equals 120 beats per minute.

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass: All major scales up to four sharps and flats – 2 octaves minimum, 3 octaves preferred. Violins: 3 octave G scale required. Violas/cellos: 3 octave C scale required. No chromatic scale.

  • Woodwinds and Brass:  All major scales up to four sharps and flats (2 octaves if possible), plus chromatic scale (from lowest comfortable note to highest comfortable note).

  • Percussion: No scale audition  

Excerpts

Download and perform the excerpts for your instrument. Prepare the excerpt at a performance tempo with detailed attention given to style, articulation, and dynamics. Recordings are an excellent resource for this.

Solo

Perform approximately 2-3 minutes of any section 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:

Bass

BASSOON

CELLO

CLARINET

FLUTE

FRENCH HORN

OBOE

PERCUSSION

TROMBONE

TRUMPET

TUBA

VIOLA

VIOLIN