Audition Requirements

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Youth Symphony level

String Auditions for Youth Symphony

  • 3 octave major scale of your choice
  • 2 octave melodic minor scale (a three octave melodic minor scale for violin players) of your choice
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes

Brass and Woodwind auditions for Youth Symphony

  • 2 octave major scale of your choice
  • 2 octave melodic minor scale of your choice
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes.

Percussion auditions for Youth Symphony

  • Prepare a challenging snare drum solo
  • Play a mallet selection (must fit on a xylophone range – no marimba available for auditions).

Junior Orchestra level

 String auditions for Junior Orchestra

  • 2 octave major scale of your choice
  • 2 octave melodic minor scale of your choice
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes in length

Brass and Woodwind auditions for Junior Orchestra

  • 2 octave major scale of your choice
  • 2 octave melodic minor scale of your choice 
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes. Material from Rubank’s Advanced Method or the equivalent would be appropriate.  Audition material for Western International Band Clinic or All-State Band would also be suitable.

Percussion auditions for Junior Orchestra

  • Prepare a challenging snare drum solo
  • Play a mallet selection (must fit on a xylophone range – no marimba available for auditions).

Little Symphony Level

Strings only, with at least 3 years of instruction required. Private teachers should encourage their students to demonstrate their most advanced skills.

  • Two major one-octave scales, 1 or 2 octaves. (Violinists are encouraged to demonstrate a shift to third position with, for example, a 2-octave D major scale).
  • Cellists who have worked on shifting and playing 2-octave scales are encouraged to demonstrate that in their audition.
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes in length