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Youth Orchestras 2020-21 Auditions

Important Update - March 19, 2020

We're so excited that our auditions will continue! Our audition process will be in a different format. If you are registered, you should have received an email with audition instructions. If not, please email us at csyo@charlottesymphony.org. 

 
                  
Strings
Sunday, March 22                    
Park Road Baptist Church   
 
Winds/Brass/Percussion/Harp
Sunday, March 29
Park Road Baptist Church
 
Any Orchestral Instrument       
Wednesday, April 1                     
Northwest School of the Arts 
 
Any Orchestral Instrument
Saturday, April 4
Park Road Baptist Church
 
Strings
Sunday, April 5 
Park Road Baptist Church 

  
 
Audition Registration is now complete. Please contact us at csyo@charlottesymphony.org if you have audition questions.


Frequently Asked Questions


2020-21 CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

 

ALL WOODWINDS

  • Sight reading
  • Two contrasting solos of your choice showing your abilities and range. Please bring a copy of your solos
  • All major scales and arpeggios, minimum of two octaves, plus instrument-specific scales as designated below
If you play and have access to a piccolo, English horn, or bass clarinet and would like to be considered for these positions, please prepare a short selection of your choice for your audition.

Flute
Three octave chromatic scale from low C 

Oboe
Chromatic scale from low C to high E-flat (three ledger lines above staff)

Clarinet
Chromatic scale from low E to high G (four ledger lines above staff)

Bassoon
Three octave chromatic scale from low B-flat

ALL BRASS

  • All major scales and chromatic scale of applicant's choice
  • Two contrasting solos of your choice showing your abilities and range. Please bring a copy of your solos
  • Sightreading 
 

ALL STRINGS

  • Sight reading
  • Two contrasting solos of your choice showing your abilities and range. Please bring a copy of your solos
  • Scales from memory as designated below
Violin
C, G, D, A, B-flat major 3 octaves; F major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student's choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow.

Viola
C, G, D, F major 3 octaves; A, B-flat major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student's choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow.

Cello
C, G, D, F major 3 octaves; A, B-flat major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student's choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow.

Bass
C, D, B-flat major 1 octave; F, G, A major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student's choice 2 octaves. Slur scales 2 notes per bow.

Harp
All major scales and arpeggios

PERCUSSION

Percussion audition requirements are in alignment with CMS All District Band Requirements.

Snare
Rudimental Long Roll: (Open-Closed-Open)
Orchestral (Buzz) Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp)
Flam: (Open-Closed-Open)
Single Paradiddle: (Open-Closed-Open)

Mallets
Scales - 2 Octave Plus Arpeggio
Major Scales: G, C, F, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat, D-Flat
Chromatic Scale: C - Two octaves

Timpani
Single Stroke Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp)
Interval Tuning: 3rds, 4ths, 5ths

-AND-

Please prepare a solo of your choice for two out of the three instruments:

Snare Drum
Mallets
Timpani


2020-21 CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY YOUTH PHILHARMONIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS


ALL INSTRUMENTS

  • Sight reading
  • Two contrasting solos of your choice showing your abilities and range. Please bring a copy of your solos
  • Scales as designated below
**Violins, please see below for additional requirements for choosing your solos.

SCALES

Winds and Brass
Major scales of one or two octaves (two octaves preferred) from the following: C, Bb, F, Eb, G, D, A, and a chromatic scale.

Violin
Two contrasting solos of your choice with a difficulty rating equivalent to Suzuki book 3 or above. 

Perform all scales from memory:
C, G, D major 2 octaves; F major 1 octave; any melodic minor of the student's choice 1 octave. Slur scales 4 notes per bow.

Viola
Perform all scales from memory:
C, G, D major 2 octaves; F major 1 octave; any melodic minor of the student's choice 1 octave. Slur scales 4 notes per bow.

Cello
Perform all scales from memory:
C, G, D major 2 octaves; F major 1 octave; any melodic minor of the student's choice 1 octave. Slur scales 4 notes per bow.

Bass
Perform all scales from memory:
C, D, F major 1 octave; G major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student's choice 1 octave. Slur scales 2 notes per bow.

Harp
All major scales and arpeggios.

PERCUSSION

Percussion audition requirements are in alignment with CMS All District Band Requirements.

Snare
Rudimental Long Roll: (Open-Closed-Open)
Orchestral (Buzz) Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp)

Mallets
Scales - 1 Octave Plus Arpeggio
Major Scales: C, F, B-Flat, E-Flat
Chromatic Scale: C - Two octaves

Timpani
Single Stroke Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp)
Interval Tuning: 3rds, 4ths, 5ths

-AND-

Please prepare a solo of your choice for two out of the three instruments:

Snare Drum
Mallets
Timpani