Auditions

AUDITIONS


Audition Requirements

Auditions for any Tri Valley Youth Orchestra and Choir will include:

1. A prepared solo that demonstrates the musician’s highest level of ability. The solo should demonstrate contrasting lyrical and technical passages. Accompanists are not allowed, and duplicate music copies are required.

2. A short sight-reading excerpt. String players only: Sight reading material will be provided to the string musicians 10 minutes in advance of their scheduled audition.

3. Prepared scales are a major component of the audition. Musicians should demonstrate good tone, pitch and rhythm while performing each scale. Arpeggios not required. Scale requirements are listed for each orchestra below.

 

Audition tips for the prospective students:

  • Posture and bow holding should reflect an approach to the instrument that will allow consistent technical progress and result in accurate intonation
  • Playing a solo that is too difficult will generally lower an audition score
  • Solos should be performed without accompaniment
  • Sight reading will be selected by the judge(s) at the audition

 

TRI VALEEY YOUTH SYMPHONY (TVYS) is the Premier Orchestra of Tri Valley Youth Orchestra. Prospective members should have at least 3 years of private instruction.

  • Strings: one of major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats performed in 3 octaves (2 octaves for bass)
  • Woodwind and Brass: one of major scales (multiple octaves preferred when possible). Full chromatic scales tongued and slurred.
  • Percussion: Be prepared to audition in at least one of the following areas:
    • Mallets: Solo, sight-reading, one of major scales in 2 octaves
    • Timpani: Solo, sight-reading and tuning
    • Snare: Solo, sight-reading and the following rudiments:
      1. Long Roll (open-closed-open)
      2. Single Stroke Roll
      3. 8 other standard rudiments of your choosing

 

TRI VALLEY YOUTH PHILHARMONIA (TVYP) is an introductory orchestra that provides full symphonic experience for its members. Prospective members should have at least 2 years of private instruction.

  • Strings: one of major scales from the following: A, D, G, C, F, Bb in 2 octaves (as many octaves as possible). Members should be skilled in at least the 3rd position, (4th for cellists)
  • Woodwind and Brass: Full chromatic scales tongued and slurred.
  • Percussion: Be prepared to audition in at least one of the following areas:
    • Mallets: Solo, sight-reading, one of major scales in 2 octaves
    • Timpani: Solo, sight-reading and tuning
    • Snare: Solo, sight-reading and the following rudiments:
      1. Long Roll (open-closed-open)
      2. Single Stroke Roll
      3. 8 other standard rudiments of your choosing

       

OPUS STRING ENSEMBLE (OSE) is open to beginning level students that play string instruments. Prospective members should have at least 1 year of private instruction.

• Strings: one of major scales from the following: A, D, G, C (as many octaves as possible)

 

TRI VALLEY YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE (TVYWE) is open to students who play wind or percussion instruments. Prospective members should have at least 1 year of private instruction.

• Woodwind and Brass: Full chromatic scales tongued and slurred or prepared piece that best demonstrates your current ability level.

• Percussion: Be prepared piece or study of your choice appropriate to your performing level on snare, mallets (marimba or xylophone) and timpani.