Orchestra Audition Requirements

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Orchestra auditions for the 2021-2022 season will be submitted via video due April 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm, except for percussion auditions which will be due April 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm. After filling out your audition registration, percussion students will have the option to use CYSO’s facilities to record their audition. 

Orchestra Audition video submissions should be approximately 5-8 minutes long except percussion auditions which are approximately 5 minutes. During that time, students will perform 2-3 minutes of their two contrasting solo pieces and, if they choose, the orchestral  excerpts found at the bottom of this page.

All auditioning students are asked to prepare two contrasting pieces for their audition. For the audition video, please include a 2-3 minute portion of each piece. (You do not need to start at the beginning.) It is important that the two solo selections you choose are CONTRASTING so that the judges hear the range of your technical and musical capabilities: fast vs slow, lyrical vs technical. If your two pieces are 1) a slow, lyrical piece and 2) a fast, technical piece with a slow introduction, make sure you play the fast part of the second piece.

When submitting an audition registration, students will indicate whether they plan to play the orchestral excerpts or not. Excerpts are only required for students who wish to be considered for Symphony Orchestra or Philharmonic Orchestra. If a student isn’t sure whether they should audition for these ensembles, we suggest looking at the excerpts with their teacher to see if it feels like an appropriate piece for their level.

 


Strings

*The orchestral excerpts are only required if you wish to be considered for placement in Symphony Orchestra or Philharmonic Orchestra (Sunday orchestras). You do not need to prepare the excerpts to be considered for placement in Concert Orchestra, Debut Orchestra, Accelerando Strings, Preparatory Strings, or Overture Strings (Saturday orchestras).


Winds & Brass

  • Two contrasting movements or solo pieces  
  • Three orchestral excerpts chosen by student fromCYSO’s Orchestral Excerpt list.* Note that you must play at least 1 excerpt from each list, A and B, for your instrument. For example, you can pick 1 excerpt from list “A” and 2 from list “B” for a total of 3 excerpts.

*The orchestral excerpts are only required if you wish to be considered for placement in Symphony Orchestra or Philharmonic Orchestra (Sunday orchestras). You do not need to prepare the excerpts to be considered for placement in Concert Orchestra or Debut Orchestra (Saturday orchestras).


Percussion

Percussionists have the option to record their video on their own, or sign up to use CYSO’s facilities. Percussion videos will be due on Friday, April 30. 

To be considered for Debut or Concert Orchestra (Saturday Orchestras):

 

To be considered for Philharmonic or Symphony Orchestra (Sunday Orchestras):

      • Timpani:

Please note that you can still be considered for Debut or Concert Orchestra if you prepare the repertoire required for Philharmonic or Symphony Orchestra.


Harp & Piano

  • Two contrasting movements or solo pieces
  • Harp: Two excerpts chosen by student from CYSO’s Orchestral Excerpt list*
  • Piano: Two excerpts chosen by student from CYSO’s Orchestral Excerpt list*

*The orchestral excerpts are only required if you wish to be considered for placement in Symphony Orchestra or Philharmonic Orchestra (Sunday orchestras). You do not need to prepare the excerpts to be considered for placement in Concert Orchestra (Saturday).


2021-2022 CYSO Excerpt List

You may download the excerpts for each instrument by clicking on the instrument in the list below. Please review all excerpts, as they may have been updated since last season.