Fall Audition Requirements for Prep Large Ensembles

Orchestras 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 Spring.

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: YPO students should prepare one solo work or movement of their choice. Additionally, students should prepare the required excerpts for their instrument. Please find the excerpts for your instrument through the following link.

YPO Seating Audition Excerpts

Youth Symphony

Seating audition requirements: YS students should prepare two contrasting solo pieces OR two contrasting movements from the same work. One piece/movement should be fast and technical; the other, slow and lyrical. Additionally, students should prepare the posted orchestral excerpts. Please find the excerpts for your instrument through the following link. Transposed wind and brass parts are available upon request. 

YS Seating Audition Excerpts

Youth Repertory Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: YRO students should prepare one solo work. Additionally, students should prepare the required excerpt for their instrument.  Please find the excerpts for your instrument through the following link. 

YRO Seating Audition Excerpts

Junior Repertory Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: JRO students should prepare one solo work demonstrating their technical and musical ability. Additionally, string players should prepare the required excerpts. Wind and brass players are not required to prepare excerpts. Please find the excerpts for your instrument through the following link. 

JRO Seating Audition Excerpts

String Repertory Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: SRO students should prepare two contrasting solo works or two contrasting movements from the same work and one 3-octave scale. This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece.

Preparatory String Orchestra 8:30 & 10:30

Seating audition requirementsPSO students should prepare two contrasting solo works or two contrasting movements from the same work and one 3-octave scale. This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece. Students will also be asked to sight-read.

String Training Orchestra

Seating audition requirements: STO students should prepare two short contrasting pieces or two contrasting movements from the same work, and one scale. This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece. Students may also be asked to sight-read.

Baroque Ensembles

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. Students may also be asked to sight-read.

JR. MYWE

Seating audition requirements: Jr. MYWE students should prepare one sharp scale, one flat scale of their choice and a chromatic scale. Students should also prepare entire part of Samuel Hazo’s In Flight for their instrument. Please find the excerpts for your instrument through the following link. 

Jr. MYWE percussionists should prepare one solo work or excerpted selection of their choice displaying their technical and musical ability. Students may present the same repertoire as in their Spring audition.

Jr. MYWE Audition Excerpts

Choruses

Fall Audition Requirements

Youth Chorale and Tourjée Singers

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.

Children’s Choruses

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

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 contact the Preparatory School Office. Students interested in this type of audition must prepare the same entrance audition requirements as for the spring (May) large ensemble auditions.