Audition Information for Orchestra

Auditions for the Orchestra and Chamber Music Programs

Remaining Orchestra Seats for the 2016-2017 Season here

Students should prepare:

  • 2 Prepared Pieces: two contrasting movements/works of their own choosing. The chosen works should be complete movements/works, NOT shortened excerpts. These two pieces can include etudes or solos. One movement/work should demonstrate the student’s technical level and the other should demonstrate the student’s musical and tonal abilities. (Students auditioning for the Symphony Orchestra generally are performing major concertos.) You will not be able to audition with an accompanist.
  • Scales: Students should prepare scales as follows.
  • Cadet Orchestra and Concertino: C, G, and D Major scales (note ~ 90 bpm)
  • Philharmonia: C, G, D and F Major scales (note ~ 90 bpm). Violin/Viola/Cello: prefer at least one 3 octave scale. Woodwinds: add a chromatic scale.
  • Concert Orchestra: all Major scales through 4 sharps and flats (note = 120 bpm). Violin/Viola/Cello: prefer 3 octave scales. Woodwinds: add a chromatic scale.
  • Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music: all Major scales (note = 120 bpm). All Strings: prefer 3 octave scales. Wind/Brass scales to demonstrate ability to play complete range of instrument. Woodwinds: add a chromatic scale.
  • Orchestral Excerpts: For 2016-2017 Season Auditions, the assigned Orchestra excerpts are posted below. Chamber Music Only auditionees must prepare either the Concert or Symphony Orchestra requirements.

If ALL audition requirements are not prepared or performed, students will be asked to re-audition.

Symphony Orchestra Excerpts

Excerpts for the 2016-2017 Season are posted! Please email Victor Ribadeneyra at victor@mya.org with any questions.

  • Flute - Movement 1, Rehearsal Y (m.487) to Rehearsal Aa (m.515)
  • Oboe - Movement 3, Measures 19-28
  • Clarinet - Movement 1, Measures 1-37
  • Bassoon - Movement 3, Rehearsal B (m.37) to Measure 72
  • Trumpet - Movement 4, Rehearsal Aa (m.490) to downbeat of Presto (m.504)
  • Horn (in F) - Movement 2, Measures 8-29
  • Trombone - Movement 4, Rehearsal Aa (m.490) to downbeat of Presto (m.504)
  • Tuba - Movement 4, Rehearsal Aa (m.490) to downbeat of Presto (m.504)
  • Violin - Movement 4, Presto (m.504) to end of Measure 545
  • Viola - Movement 3, Measure 134 to end of Measure 152 (measure before Rehearsal K)
  • Cello - Movement 2, Pick-ups to Measure 33 to Measure 44
  • Bass - Movement 4, Rehearsal Z (m.482) to end of Measure 489
  • Harp - Movement 4 Adagietto, Beginning to Rehearsal 2
  • Piano - Beginning to Rehearsal A

Concert Orchestra Excerpts

Excerpts for the 2016-2017 Season are posted! Please email Victor Ribadeneyra at victor@mya.org with any questions.

  • Flute - Movement 1, Vivace (m.63) to Fermata (m.88)
  • Oboe - Movement 1, Pick-up to Measure 75 to Fermata (m.88)
  • Clarinet - Movement 2, Pick-up to Rehearsal D (m.102) to Measure 135
  • Bassoon - Movement 1, Measures 89-112 (4 after C)
  • Trumpet- Movement 4, Rehearsal Aa (m.490) to downbeat of Presto (m.504)
  • Horn - Movement 3, Assai meno presto (after 2nd ending), play 31 measures (before repeat sign)
  • Trombone - Movement 4, 21 measures after Rehearsal E to 13 measures after Rehearsal F (rests before G)
  • Tuba - Movement 4, Rehearsal Aa (m.490) to downbeat of Presto (m.504)
  • Violin - Movement 2, Rehearsal C (m.75) to 4 measures before Rehearsal D (m.98)
  • Viola - Movement 1, Measures 222-274
  • Cello - Movement 1, Pick-up to Measure 98 to downbeat of Measure 112 (4 after C)
  • Bass - Movement 1, Same as Cello
  • Harp - Movement 4 Adagietto, Beginning to Rehearsal 2

Philharmonia Orchestra Excerpts

Excerpts for the 2016-2017 Season are posted! Please email Victor Ribadeneyra at victor@mya.org with any questions.

  • Flute - Movement 1, Measure 29 to Rehearsal A (m.52)
  • Oboe - Movement 1, Measure 29 to downbeat of Rehearsal A
  • Clarinet - Movement 1, Measure 29 to Rehearsal A
  • Bassoon - Movement 1, Pick-ups to Measure 29 to Rehearsal A
  • Horn - Movement 1, Measures 98-109 (no repeat)
  • Trumpet - Movement 1, Measure 29 to Rehearsal A
  • Trombone - 7 measures after Rehearsal E to downbeat of Rehearsal G
  • Tuba - Rehearsal F to downbeat of Rehearsal G
  • Violin - Movement 1, Measures 13-33
  • Viola - Movement 1, Measure 69 to downbeat of Rehearsal B (m.77)
  • Cello - Movement 1, Measure 69 to downbeat of Measure 89
  • Bass - Movement 1, Measure 69 to downbeat of Measure 89

Concertino Orchestra Excerpts

Excerpts for the 2016-2017 Season are posted! Please email Victor Ribadeneyra at victor@mya.org with any questions

  • Flute - Rehearsal F to downbeat of Rehearsal G
  • Oboe - F to downbeat of G
  • Clarinet - F to downbeat of G
  • Bassoon - F to downbeat of G
  • Horn - F to downbeat of G
  • Trumpet - F to downbeat of G
  • Trombone - F to downbeat of G
  • Violin - F to downbeat of G
  • Viola - F to downbeat of G
  • Cello - F to downbeat of G
  • Bass - F to downbeat of G

Cadet Orchestra Excerpts

Excerpts for the 2016-2017 Season are posted! Please email Victor Ribadeneyra at victor@mya.org with any questions

  • Flute - Pick-ups to Measure 10 to end of Measure 17
  • Oboe - Pick-up to Measure 18 to end of Measure 27
  • Clarinet - Pick-ups to Measure 10 to end of Measure 17
  • Bassoon - Pick-ups to Measure 10 to end of Measure 17
  • Horn - Pick-up to Measure 18 to end of Measure 27
  • Trumpet - Measures 35 to End
  • Violin - Pick-ups to Measure 10 to downbeat of Measure 17
  • Viola - Pick-up to Measure 18 to downbeat of Measure 33
  • Cello - Measure 1 to end of Measure 9
  • Bass - Measure 1 to end of Measure 9

Percussion Auditions

Percussionists applying for MYAC Orchestra and Chamber Music Programs should use the following guidelines to prepare for their auditions.

  • Snare:
  • Demonstrate rudiments and rolls at various dynamics
  • One solo or etude from Peters, Cirone, Delecluse, Goldenberg, or equivalent
  • Marimba:
  • All major and minor (high school students only) scales, two octaves
  • One movement or solo piece/etude from Peters, Abe, Bach (Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin), Creston, Musser, Rosauro, etc…
  • One movement or solo piece demonstrating four mallets (high school students only)
  • Timpani:
  • Rolls and general strokes at various dynamics; basic knowledge of intervals and tuning
  • One short solo or etude; 3-4 timpani preferred (Goodman, Vic Firth, Peters, Delecluse, Schinstine, etc…)

Piano Auditions

Pianists applying for MYAC Chamber Music Programs should use the following guidelines to prepare for their auditions.

For NEW Pianists auditioning into the Chamber Music Program

  • 2 Prepared Solo Pieces of contrasting style
  • 1 Prepared Excerpt: Beethoven "Ghost" Trio, beginning to rehearsal A, found online under Symphony Excerpts: Piano
  • 1 Sight Reading Excerpt: 2 LEVELS: to be given at audition
For RETURNING Pianists auditioning to stay in the Chamber Music Program
  • 1 Prepared Solo Piece
  • 1 Current MYAC Chamber Music Piece
  • 1 Sight Reading Excerpt: 2 LEVELS: to be given at audition