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Audition Requirements

CYS ORCHESTRAS (SO/Senior & AO/Associate Orchestra)

CONDUCTOR: Leo Eylar

  • A prepared piece or study that best demonstrates your current ability level.
  • Scales
    • STRINGS: A 3-octave triplet spiccato scale (each note played as a triplet), arpeggios not required
      • Play the scale at quarter note = 120 with triplet.
      • The 3-octave scale should NOT be based on the lowest open string of the instrument (i.e. G major for violin or C major for cello).
    • WINDS & BRASS: Full chromatic scales covering the full range of the instrument.
      • Play articulation tongued (ascending and descending) and slurred (ascending and descending)
  • Prospective members should have at least 3 years of private instruction.
  • Prospective members should have at least 1 year of experience in a school band or orchestra ensemble.

WIND SYMPHONY (Advanced)

CONDUCTOR: Pete Nowlen

  • A prepared piece or study that best demonstrates your current ability level (no more than 3 minutes)
  • Chromatic scales demonstrating your full range on your instrument.
    • Play articulation tongued (ascending and descending) and slurred (ascending and descending)
  • Prospective members should have at least 3 years of private instruction.
  • Prospective members should have at least 1 year of experience in a school band or orchestra ensemble.

STRING ENSEMBLES (IS/Intermediate, JS/Junior)

CONDUCTOR: Kati Kyme

  • Two (2) octaves of G major AND D major scales.
    • Starting the scale on an open string is acceptable. Starting the scale on a fingered position is preferred.
  • A prepared piece or study.
  • Prospective members should have at least 2 years of private instruction.
  • Prospective members should be skilled in at least the 3rd position, (4th for cellists)

WIND ENSEMBLE (Intermediate)

CONDUCTOR: Rosita Amador

  • Any prepared solo, sonata, or concerto of intermediate level
  • Major scales of up to 3 sharps AND 3 flats - C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, and A (ascending and descending). Scales should be slurred to demonstrate playable range.
  • Prospective members should have at least 2 years of private instruction and 1 year of intermediate school band or orchestra ensemble experience.

INTRODUCTORY WIND ENSEMBLE (IWE)

CONDUCTOR: Rosita Amador

  • Any prepared solo or etude of intermediate level.
  • Prospective members should have at least 1 year of private instruction and 1 year of intermediate school or orchestra ensemble experience.

PERCUSSION

INSTRUCTOR: Artie Storch

  • A prepared piece or study of your choice appropriate to your performing level on snare, mallets (marimba or xylophone) and timpani.
  • Simple sight reading.
  • Experience with all instruments not required.
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