Phoenix Youth Symphony 2020-2021 August Auditions (late auditions)

 

August Auditions (late auditions) for the 2020-2021 will be held via audition videos using the Acceptd online audition platform in place of live auditions due to continued social distancing and governmental gathering guidelines.  Submission deadline is Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm.


The Phoenix Youth  Symphony is working and planning for a traditional PYS season.  In lieu of all current COVID-19 news we are monitoring all regulations and recommendations.  We are also making contingency plans for alternate rehearsal concepts if public and school board rules prohibit traditional rehearsal scenarios.  We are planning for a season. 

To apply for the August Auditions please click on the Acceptd logo below.  You will be redirected to the PYS Acceptd landing page for application.

Click on the following links for information and instructions for your video submission:

PYS August Audition Components
PYS Video Recording Tips – August Auditions
PYS Video Submission Guidelines – August Auditions
How do I select the appropriate ensemble for the audition?

 

Requested Scales for PYS-Acceptd August Video Auditions 2020 will be posted on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

August Audition Dates

All online video submission are due Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm. 

Audition Fee

Non-refundable August audition fee – $35

Audition Requirements

ENSEMBLE PREFERENCE*: Must meet music level of difficulty and scale requirements for the first ensemble listed.  CLICK HERE for ensemble descriptions.

All students auditioning for PYS will prepare the following items for their audition.  Please read each ensemble’s requirements carefully.  Requirement difficulty coincides with the ensemble repertoire difficulty.

PREPARED UNACCOMPANIED SOLO:  You MUST include on your application the name of the piece and the composer.

SCALES: All groups will be required to play scales as specified below. Scales need to be memorized and played in eighth notes (quarter note = 60).  (Harp scales: all major scales and
their natural minors, 2 octaves)

SIGHT READING:  All students may be asked to sight read.

NOTE:  Youth Symphony (2020-2021 Symphony Orchestra) students will also have an excerpt to prepare – Excerpts for 2020-2021 are posted HERE.

Specific Ensemble Requirements:

YOUTH SYMPHONY (renamed Symphony Orchestra for the 2020-2021 season – SyO):
Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:15 pm
Ensemble fee: $595 (2020-2021 fees will be posted soon)

2020-2021 New Age Extension Policy – The Phoenix Youth Symphony Board of Directors has approved a policy that allows students up to the age of 20 to participate in the Youth Symphony.  This policy is for the Youth Symphony only, and a student must be no older than 20 years old on September 1, 2020 to be eligible. 

Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs music from the standard professional orchestra literature, which will be considerably more difficult than the normal high school repertoire and on par or above the difficulty level of a standard college orchestra. Musicians auditioning for Youth Symphony should already be at a high level of playing ability on their respective instruments.

  • Solo – Solo work or movement of a sonata or concerto of student’s choice.  Include both bast and slow passages and show advanced techniques.  Student will be stopped at the judges’ discretion.
  • Scales, Strings – All major and melodic minor, 3 octaves. 120bpm per note, no vibrato, even rhythm. No arpeggio.
  • Scales, Woodwinds & Brass – All major and melodic minor scales (2 octaves when possible) and chromatic scale covering entire range of instrument.
  • Excerpt – Click on the button below for 2020-21 excerpts.

 2020-2021 SyO Audition Excerpts

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SYMPHONETTE ORCHESTRA (renamed Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2020-2021 season – PHIL):
Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm
Ensemble fee: $525 (2020-2021 fees will be posted soon)

Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs literature such as: Bizet L’Arlesienne Suite # 2, Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Saint-Saens Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, and Dvorak Symphony #8

  • Solo – Solo work of student’s choice (2 minutes).  Include both fast and slow passages and show advanced techniques.
  • Scales, Strings – Up through 4 flats and 4 sharps, major & melodic minor, 3 octaves.
  • Scales, Woodwinds & Brass – All major scales (2 octaves when possible) and chromatic scale covering entire range of instrument.

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SYMPHONIC WINDS (renamed Wind Orchestra for the 2020-2021 season – WO):
Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Ensemble fee: $480 (2020-2021 fees will be posted soon)

Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs literature from levels 4-6. Music includes works by composers such as: Balmages, Grainger, Hazo, Holst, Reed, RW Smith, Sparke, Tichelli, Van de Roost.

  • Solo – Solo work of student’s choice (2 minutes).  Include both fast and slow passages and show advanced techniques.
  • Scales, Woodwinds & Brass – All major scales (2 octaves when possible) and chromatic scale covering entire range of instrument.

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STRING ORCHESTRA (SO):
Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Ensemble fee $480 (2020-2021 fees will be posted soon)


Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs literature mainly at levels 3-5.

  • Solo – Solo piece of student’s choice (2 minutes), should be comparable to Suzuki Book 3 or beyond and demonstrate student’s technical ability and musicality.
  • Scales – Major Scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps (2 or 3 octaves).

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PRELUDE STRINGS (PS):
Rehearses on Tuesdays, 6:00-7:45 pm
Ensemble fee $325 (2020-2021 fees will be posted soon)


Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs literature mainly at levels 1-3.

  • Solo – Solo piece of student’s choice (2 minutes), should be comparable to Suzuki Book 2 or 3.
  • Scales – Major Scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps (1 or 2 octaves).

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PERCUSSION:  

All percussionists demonstrate the following:

  • Concert snare drum roll
  • Snare drum etude
  • Cymbal Crashes
  • Solo piece for keyboard percussion (two or four-mallet, from the Texas UIL list):  http://wwwdev.uiltexas.org/pml/ (go to event code 502, keyboard percussion solo)

Youth Symphony (Symphonic Orchestra – SyO) Percussion – include excerpts for snare drum, mallets and cymbals. Link to Youth Symphony excerpt will be posted soon.

  • Scales, Woodwinds & Brass – All major scales (2 octaves when possible) and chromatic scale covering entire range of instrument.

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*CHAMBER WINDS (CW):
Rehearses Wednesdays, TBD
No Additional Ensemble Fee

 

Philharmonic Orchestra wind and brass players, and the top wind and brass players from Wind Orchestra, will be invited to also participate in Chamber Winds.  Presently the participation in this group is by invitation only and no additional fee is required.  


QUESTIONS ABOUT AUDITIONS?

Contact: Todd Betz – PYS Manager

 


APPLICATION

Click on the Acceptd logo near the top of the page.  You will be redirected to the PYS Acceptd landing page for application.