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Youth Orchestra

Auditions

Register for Prelude Strings and submit auditions for our Sinfonia, Philharmonia, and Youth Orchestra ensembles, as well as our Camerata chamber music program here. More information on each ensemble and their requirements are below.

Updated 6/11/24: all audition requirements are updated, and the 24-25 audition form is now open!

Auditions may be submitted on a rolling basis.
For placement for Fall 2024, auditions are due August 1, 2024.

For more information, please email the Youth Orchestra Manager. (connor.gibbs@sdsymphony.org)
Register & Submit

DEADLINE: AUGUST 1, 2024

Auditions will be submitted this year as a video recording. Videos may be recorded in any format, including cell phone videos. Please upload your audition video to an online file hosting service such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, etc. A link to this file will be needed for the audition form.

Students will be informed of their orchestra placement after all auditions have taken place and the conductors have deliberated.  Conductors will place students into the ensemble they feel will prove most beneficial to the student.

Each student’s season placement audition will be used to determine their section chair placement for the first concert cycle of the regular season, so it is important that students play their very best when auditioning. Students will be informed of their section chair placement at the first regular rehearsal in September.

* All auditions are recorded for conductor’s use.
* All decisions concerning placement and participation in the SDSYO are at the sole discretion of SDSYO staff.
* All placement decisions are final.

Youth Orchestra

Conducted by Nicholas Sharma

STRING EXCERPTS

String students interested in participating in Youth Orchestra will be asked to play the following:

Scales
* Note:
all scales should be played in quarter notes (quarter = 120). Use separate bows, do not repeat top note, and do not use vibrato.

  • D Harmonic Minor scale – 3 octaves for violin, viola, and cello
  • Eb Major scale – 3 octaves for violin, viola, and cello
  • D Major scale – 2 octaves for double bass

Excerpts

  • The selected Bach etude for their instrument
  • All selected excerpts for their instrument, marked in brackets, from a selection of:
    • Camille Saint-Saën's Danse Bacchanale (from Samson and Deliliah)
    • Giueseppe Verdi's La forza del destino (overture)
WIND EXCERPTS

Wind and brass students interested in participating in Youth Orchestra will be asked to play the following:

  •  2 or 3 octave scale of their choice (depending on instrument logistics)
  • A chromatic scale showing your range
  • All selected excerpts for their instrument, marked in brackets, from a selection of:
    • Camille Saint-Saën's Danse Bacchanale (from Samson and Deliliah)
    • Giueseppe Verdi's La forza del destino (overture)
    • Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 (Horn excerpt only)
PERCUSSION EXCERPTS

Percussion students interested in participating in Youth Orchestra will be asked to play the following:

  • All selected excerpts for their instrument, marked in brackets, from a selection of:
    • Camille Saint-Saën's Danse Bacchanale (from Samson and Deliliah)

 

HARP EXCERPTS

Harp students interested in participating in Youth Orchestra will be asked to play the following:

  • All selected excerpts for their instrument, marked in brackets, from a selection of:
    • Camille Saint-Saën's Danse Bacchanale (from Samson and Deliliah)
    • Giueseppe Verdi's La forza del destino (overture)

 


Philharmonia

Conducted by Jeffrey Paul

STRING EXCERPTS

String students interested in participating in Philharmonia will be asked to play the following:

  • 3 Octave Scale of your choice
  • A portion of a solo (three minutes or less; a solo comparable to the end of Suzuki Book IV)
  • All selected excerpts for their instrument, marked in brackets, from Sleepers, Wake by J.S. Bach, arranged by Jerry Brubaker.
WIND EXCERPTS

Wind and brass students interested in participating in Philharmonia will be asked to play the following:

  • 2 octave major or minor scale of choice
  • A chromatic scale demonstrating fluidity and range
  • A portion of a solo (three minutes or less)
  • All selected excerpts for their instrument, marked in brackets, from Sleepers, Wake by J.S. Bach, arranged by Jerry Brubaker.
PERCUSSION EXCERPTS

Percussion students interested in participating in Philharmonia will be asked to play the following:

  • All selected excerpts for their instrument, marked in brackets, from Sleepers, Wake by J.S. Bach, arranged by Jerry Brubaker.

 

Sinfonia

Conducted by Nicholas Sharma

Students interested in participating in Sinfonia will be asked to play the following:

  • A two octave scale of your choice
  • A portion of a solo (no more than three minutes)

Camerata

SDSYO Chamber Ensembles
Coaches: Drew Carlson, Dr. Beverly Gibson, Sue Sidoti

Students interested in participating in Camerata will be asked to play the following:

  • TWO pieces of contrasting style