Phoenix Youth Symphony 2020-2021 Auditions

Audition Dates

Friday, May 8 – Youth Symphony Violin
Saturday, May 9 – Symphonette Strings
Friday, May 15 – Youth Symphony Viola, Cello, Bass
Saturday, May 16 – ALL Woodwinds, ALL Brass, ALL Percussion, String Orchestra and Prelude Strings

Specific audition times will be emailed on April 30, 2020. No audition times will be changed after May 6th – NO EXCEPTIONS.

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 students will also have an excerpt to prepare – Excerpts for 2020-2021 will be posted on April 10, 2020.

Specific Ensemble Requirements:

YOUTH SYMPHONY (YS):
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 – Excerpt will be posted on April 10, 2020.

Please review the sample excerpts:

Youth Symphony Sample Excerpts                

2020-2021 Excerpts will be posted on April 10, 2020.

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SYMPHONETTE ORCHESTRA (SYM):
Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 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 (SW):
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 (YS) 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, 8:30-9:15 pm
No Additional Ensemble Fee

 

Symphonette wind and brass players, and the top wind and brass players from Symphonic Winds, 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

AUDITION APPLICATION (cash/check)                    AUDITION APPLICATION (credit card)

CLICK HERE to download a printable audition application.

CLICK HERE to download and view the 2020-2021 audition brochure.