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Fall Audition Requirements for Prep Large Ensembles

Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Seating Audition Requirements

Please note: Large ensemble seating auditions are for students who are returning to an ensemble from last year and for students who auditioned and were placed in an ensemble this past May.

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: Students should prepare one solo work or movement of their choice. Additionally, students should prepare the required excerpts for their instrument which can be found here.

Youth Symphony

Seating audition requirements: Students should prepare two contrasting solo works or two contrasting movements from the same work. One should be fast, the other, slow and lyrical. No cadenzas or cadenza-like passages from within movements. Additionally, students should prepare the required excerpts which can be found here.

Youth Repertory Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: Students should prepare one solo work. Additionally, students should prepare the required excerpt for their instrument which can be found here.

Junior Repertory Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: Students should prepare one solo work. Additionally, students should prepare the required excerpts which can be found here.

String Repertory Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: Prepare two contrasting solo works or two contrasting movements from the same work. This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece. There may be some sight-reading during the audition as well.

Preparatory String Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: Prepare two contrasting solo works of your choice and one three-octave scale of your choice. Students will also be asked to sight-read.

String Training Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: Students should prepare two constrasting solo works or two contrasting movements from the same work. This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece.

Baroque Ensembles

Seating audition requirements: Students should prepare two contrasting solo works or two constrating movements from the same work. This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece.

Cello Choir

Seating audition requirements: Students should prepare two contrasting solo works or two contrasting movements from the same work. This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece.

Jr. MYWE

Seating audition requirements: Students should prepare 2 scales of their choice up to 3 flats and 3 sharps, plus a chromatic scale. Additionally, students should prepare two contrasting pieces at the Jr. District level.

Entrance Audition Requirements

Entrance auditions are available for students who missed the Spring (May) Large Ensemble auditions on a space-availability basis only. To learn more about Fall Entrance audition opportunities, please visit contact the Preparatory School Office in August. Students interested in this type of audition must prepare the same entrance audition requirements as for the spring (May) large ensemble auditions.

Choruses

Youth Chorale and Young Women’s Chorale

New Students: Students should prepare two piecesone in English and one in a foreign language. Please bring a piano part for the accompanist who will be available during the audition. The remainder of the audition will assess the student's musicianship skills, including a short sight-reading example.

Returning Students hoping to advance to a higher level group: (YWC students wishing to move up to YC, or YC students looking to be considered for Camerata.) Students should prepare two piecesone in English and one in a foreign language. Please bring a piano part for the accompanist who will be available during the audition. The remainder of the audition will assess the student's musicianship skills, including a short sight-reading example.

Returning Students planning to remain in the same group: Do not need to take a fall audition.

Children’s Choruses

New students: Students should be prepared to sing two songs of their choice without accompaniment.

Returning Students planning to remain in the same group: Do not need to take a fall audition.