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There are many great youth orchestras and programs to be a part of. All of them provide a wonderful social and learning environment with other fellow musicians that are the same age and level from all over the region. In addition to partaking in a fun and productive out-of-school activity, participating in a youth orchestra is viewed as an extremely impressive extra curricular enterprise on college and private school applications.
I help with guiding students through the application and audition process for all youth orchestra programs in the New England area.
Youth Orchestra Programs
NEC (New England Conservatory)
Four full orchestras:
Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO)
Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) Ages 13-18
Youth Repertory Orchestra (YRO) Grade 8-12
Junior Repertory Orchestra (YRO) Grade 7-10
Five large string orchestras
String Repertory Orchestra (SRO) Grade 7-10
Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO) Grade 6-8
2 String Training orchestras (STO) Grade 4-7
Baroque Orchestras (various levels)
Chamber music/ sonata duo/ piano duo
Prepare two solo works or two movements from the same work that represent contrasting styles.
This usually means a fast, technical piece and a slower, more lyrical piece. Due to limited audition time, students
may be asked to start playing in the middle of a piece, and will often be stopped before the end of a piece.
Audition pieces should be pieces the student knows well, which demonstrate his/her range of technical abilities and musicianship.
The advice and help of the student’s private teacher should be requested in determining and preparing appropriate pieces for the audition.
Students will also be asked to sightread. Scales are not required.
BYSO (Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra)
Boston Youth Symphony (BYS) grade 8-12
Repertory Orchestra (REP) grade 6-12
All 3-octave major and minor scales (form of candidate’s choice)
Technical facility in all positions
Cello: proficiency in tenor and treble clefs
Previous ensemble experience
Junior Repertory Orchestra (JRO) grade 5-11
3-octave major and minor scales through four sharps or flats (form of candidate’s choice)
Technical facility through five positions (tenor clef for cellos)
Well-developed tone quality, bow strokes, and vibrato
Young people’s string orchestra (YPSO) grade 2-8
3- octave major scales C, D, & E-flat, 2-octave major scales F, G & A
Technical facility through four positions
Comfortable use of vibrato and fundamental bow strokes with varied articulations
Petit Ensemble (Pe) grade 2-5
Two contrasting pieces (minimum level Suzuki Book 2)
2-octave major scales C, D, & E-flat
Longy School of Music
Audition and placement information
BPYO is a tuition-free, touring ensemble. Rehearsals, beginning September 15, take place on Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m
Audition live or DVD Two contrasting works
The first audition cycle will take place until the end of June.
All State Audition Registration
December 1, 2011- January 6, 2012.
Late Registration: January 7, 2012- January 13, 2012.
Evaluated on each solo piece and sight reading:
Tone, Intonation, Technique (left/right hand), Melodic accuracy, Rhythm accuracy, Tempo, Interpretation,
Musicianship, Scale evaluation, General Technique
Scales: 3 octaves
C Major/ c melodic minor
C sharp melodic minor
D Major/ d melodic minor
E Major/ e melodic minor
E flat Major
F Major/ f melodic minor
F sharp melodic minor
G Major/ g melodic minor
A Major/ a melodic minor
A flat Major
b melodic minor
B flat Major
beginning and end of each semester:
Play in 1st position, have 1 octave major and minor scales prepared, and be able to read music.
To audition for WYPO, please prepare one peice, two scales (1 major, 1 minor), and be prepared to sight read.
Play through 5th position, have 3 octave major and minor scales prepared, and be able to play off the string.
To audition for WYSO, please prepare two contrasting works, three scales (2 major, 1 minor), and be prepared to sight read.
Hingham and Duxbury
Dolce Strings (no audition required)
SOLO PIECE: Piece that demonstrates student’s ability and highest technical skills.
Students should demonstrate knowledge of style, expression and articulation, and shifting ability.
SCALES: Symphony students should know Major scales up to four sharps and four flats in as many octaves as possible.
And at least one minor scale (natural or melodic). Woodwinds and Brass must play a chromatic scale in the range of their instrument.
SCALES: Sinfonia students should know Major scales up to three sharps and three flats in as many octaves as possible.
SIGHTREADING: All auditions will include a sight reading component.