Orchestra Audition Requirements

All auditions are approximately 5 – 8 minutes long except percussion auditions which are approximately 10 minutes. While it is unlikely, please note that audition judges may ask any candidate to sight read. The CYSO Excerpt Lists can be found at the bottom of this page.

Download Audition Requirements as a pdf


Strings

*The orchestral excerpt is 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 excerpt 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*

*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

  • Keyboard solo or etude chosen by student, may be performed on either marimba (4 1/3 octave) or xylophone (Solos by G.H. Green, Bach, or other silmilar solos are recommended)
  • Snare Drum solo or etude chosen by student (Solos by Pratt, Delecluse, Peters, or other similar solos are recommended)
  • Keyboard orchestral excerpt chosen by student from CYSO’s Orchestral Excerpt list*
  • Snare Drum orchestral excerpt chosen by student from CYSO’s Orchestral Excerpt list*
  • Timpani orchestral excerpt chosen by student from CYSO’s Orchestral Excerpt list, tuning required*

*The Keyboard, Snare Drum, and Timpani 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).

Percussionists: Please note that the judges will only have time to listen to approximately 2 minutes or less of your solos/etudes.  All percussionists must bring two copies of each solo-etude prepared for the audition.


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).


2018-2019 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.