2019-2020 Late Auditions

Audition Fee: $35 non-refundable

Contact Todd Betz, Orchestra Manager – [email protected] if a student is interested in joining PYS this semester.

Students auditioning for Youth Symphony are required to perorm an excerpt as part of their audition. Excerpts are available here.

 


Audition Requirements

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

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).

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

NOTE:  Youth Symphony students will also have an excerpt to prepare – CLICK HERE for 2019-2020 Youth Symphony excerpts (posted on July 1, 2019).

Specific Ensemble Requirements:

YOUTH SYMPHONY (YS):
(Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:15 pm; Ensemble fee: $595)

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.
  • ExcerptCLICK HERE to download and print the 2019-2020 Youth Symphony excerpts.

Please review the sample excerpts:

Youth Symphony Sample Excerpts                

 

2019 YS Audition Excerpts

2019 Youth Symphony Audition Excerpts will be posted on July 1, 2019 for August auditions.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

SYMPHONETTE ORCHESTRA (SYM):
(Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm; Ensemble fee: $525)

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.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

SYMPHONIC WINDS (SW):
(Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm; Ensemble fee: $480)

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.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

STRING ORCHESTRA (SO):
(Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm; Ensemble fee $480)

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).

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

PRELUDE STRINGS (PS):
(Rehearses on Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm; Ensemble fee $325)

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).

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

HARP, SCALES: All major scales and their natural minors, 2 octaves.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

PERCUSSION:  

All percussionists demonstrate the following:

  • Concert snare drum roll
  • 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.  CLICK HERE for link to Youth Symphony 2019 Percussion excerpts.
Symphonette (SYM) and Symphonic Winds (SW) Percussion – Include etudes for snare drum, timpani and auxiliary percussion. CLICK HERE for Symphonette and Symphonic Winds 2019 Percussion Etudes.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
*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 o additional fee is required.  

QUESTIONS ABOUT AUDITIONS?

Contact: Todd Betz – PYS Manager

 


APPLICATION

Auditions have been held for 2019-2020.  If you want to audition contact Todd Betz, orchestra manager, to see if there are any available seats for your instrument in any of the ensembles.   He will send you an application for an audition in August.