Rappahannock Youth Symphony

Audition Requirements

Primo Orchestra (Beginner & Intermediate Strings Only)

The Primo Orchestra is a beginner level string orchestra open to students who have played for 1-2 years.

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

  • Scales: G, D, & C major, at least 1 octave, 2 preferred (Bass: 1 octave)
  • Prepared piece of no less than 16 measures
  • Sight Reading


Repertory and Symphony Orchestras

The Rappahannock Youth Symphony fully supports and encourages students to audition for the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) events through their school band or orchestra program. This year's RYS auditions for Repertory and Symphony will follow the same guidelines and expectations as those used for the VBODA Junior and Senior Regional Orchestra auditions.

The following are the audition dates for the VBODA North Central Regional Orchestras. Please speak with your school's band or orchestra director for more information on these important events:

(The SRO Wind and Percussion auditions will be at Woodbridge High School on Wednesday September 23, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

(SRO String auditions will be held at Woodbridge High School on Saturday September 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
(JRO String auditions will be held at Lake Ridge Middle School on October 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for ALL instruments.)

PLEASE NOTE: Students should prepare the audition music for the ensemble in which they wish to participate. A student who auditions, yet may not be ready for the musical level of their chosen ensemble, may be placed in a different ensemble that will better serve their growth needs based on their RYS audition result.



Repertory Orchestra (Advanced Intermediate Strings Only)


Students will be asked to perform the “A” Major and “e” Harmonic Minor scales in two octaves. Scales should be bowed separately with the top note repeated upon descending. Scales should be performed at a tempo of quarter note equal to 96 beats per minute and audition scales must be memorized.


Scale Sheets: Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass Score


This year’s orchestral audition excerpt is the “Fantasy on Amazing Grace” arranged by Robert Kerr. You may download and print your part in order to prepare for your audition by clicking on the appropriate link. Violin Viola Cello Bass

All auditions will include a sight reading component.


Wind and Percussion Auditions

Wind and percussion auditions will follow the same requirements as used for the 2015-2016 VBODA Senior Regional Orchestra auditions. The audition etude will be the same etude used for the 2015 VBODA All-Virginia Auditions.

All Major Scales are required in as many complete octaves as possible. The All-Virginia Wind and Percussion Audition Requirements can be found by following the link to the VBODA web site:

http://goo.gl/BiAGxg

Percussion auditions will use the same materials for rudiments, scales and the prepared selection as the VBODA Senior Regional Orchestra audition. However, the format of the audition will be altered to keep the entire audition in one room.

The required SRO audition etudes can be found on the VBODA web site by following this link: http://goo.gl/HaOIu7 All auditions will include a sight reading component.


Symphony Orchestra (Advanced Full Orchestra)

 

Students are expected to prepare all major and (melodic) minor scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats in TWO octaves (please note that your SRO audition will require THREE octaves.) All Scales should be played in groups of two slurred and two martelé ascending and groups of four slurred descending. Scales should be performed at a tempo of quarter note equal to 120 beats per minute and scales are to be memorized. The required scales are:

C Major & a Minor
G Major & e Minor
D Major & b Minor
A Major & f# Minor
F Major & d Minor B-flat Major & g Minor E-flat Major & c Minor

This year’s orchestral audition excerpt is from Johannes Brahms “Academic Festival Overture." Please prepare the following sections:

Violin - Measure 84 (L’istesso tempo, un poco maestoso) to 106
Viola - Measure 88 (L’istesso tempo, un poco maestoso) to 106, Measure 113 (E) to 137 (F), Pickups to measure 175 to measure 202 (H)
Cello - Measure 88 (L’istesso tempo, un poco maestoso) to 156, Measure 241-311 (L), Measure 346-End
Bass - Measure 88 (L’istesso tempo, un poco maestoso) to 113 (E), Measures 379 (Maestoso) to end

All auditions will include a sight reading component.


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