Rappahannock Youth Symphony


Repertory Orchestra (Advanced Intermediate Strings Only): Blind Audition Requirements

Students will be asked to perform the “D” Major and “g” 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 be memorized.  

This year’s orchestral audition excerpt is the Siciliano and Allegro by Galliard.  You may download and print your part in order to prepare for your audition by clicking on the appropriate link.





All auditions will include a sight reading component.

Symphony Orchestra (Advanced Full Orchestra): Blind Audition Requirements



Students may be asked to perform all major and (melodic) minor scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats in three octaves (two octaves for bass).  Scales should be played in groups of two slurred and two martele ascending and groups of four slurred descending.  Scales should be performed at a tempo of quarter note equal to 120 beats per minute and 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 Dvorak Symphony 8, movement 4.  Students should be prepared to take any repeats indicated in the excerpts.

All excerpts are marked on this page. 


Violin -  2 excerpts: #1 (12 before G to 11 after G), #2 (letter R to the end)

Viola - 2 excerpts: #1 (7 after G to one before H), #2 (letter K to letter L)

Cello - 3 excerpts: #1 (Letter A to 8 after letter B), #2 (8 measures before Q to Q), #3 (letter R to 9 measures after S)

Bass - 4 excerpts: #1 (9 measures after A to 8 measures after B), #2 (letter E to 8 measures after F), #3 (letter O to letter P), #4 (10 measures after letter R to 14 before the end)

There will also be a sight reading component to the audition.



Harp audition requirements will be the same as the All State Auditions from last year 2016-17.

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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

Wind and Percussion Auditions

Wind and percussion auditions for the 2017-2018 Regional Orchestra will be held at Broad Run High School on Monday September 18th, 2017.


The audition etude will be the same etude used for this year’s Virginia All State Auditions during the 2016-2017 school year.  Scale auditions will follow the same guidelines as District Band.  For more information, please see the VBODA website


There will also be a sight reading component to the audition.

*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.