Rappahannock Youth Symphony


RYS will be holding new member and move up auditions on January  5, 2015.

**Please note that audition requirements have been changed as of May 21, 2014.**

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 Orchestra (Advanced Intermediate Strings Only)

The Repertory Orchestra is an intermediate level string ensemble for students who have played for at least 2 years. It is designed to improve technical skills and ensemble playing.

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

  • Major scales 3 sharps and 3 flats (including C) - 2 octaves
  • Prepared Piece - comparable to a selection from Suzuki Book 3
  • Sight Reading


Symphony Orchestra (Advanced Full Orchestra)

The Symphony Orchestra is an advanced full orchestra for experienced strings, winds, brass, and percussion.

  • Required for ALL Instruments: Scales, 2 prepared pieces of contrasting styles (fast, slow) and sight reading
  • Strings Scales
    • Major and minor scales 4 sharps to 4 flats (including C)
    • Violin/viola/cello - 3 octaves; bass - 2 octaves
    • Bowing for all is to be 2 slurred, 2 separate, ascending; 4 slurred, descending; mm=120 per quarter note
  • Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion Scales/Rudiments (NOTE: All requirements are the same used for all VBODA auditions)
    • Winds and Brass: All major scales in as many complete octaves as possible, legato tongue up and down.  MM = 100 in the following pattern: a quarter note (tonic) followed by eighth notes for each octave.
    • Percussion: Bring your own snare drum, sticks and mallets.  Be prepared to play rudiments from the 26 Standard Rudiments (NARD), a Long Roll and a Symphonic Roll on snare.  You will also need to perform major and minor scales on xylophone for two octaves in the same rhythm pattern as the wind/brass requirements, however at a tempo of MM = 160.  Be prepared to tune timpani using a pitch pipe, tuning fork or note from a keyboard.  No electronic devices are allowed.  Click here to download more specific information regarding the chromatic scale requirements.
    • ALL Winds, Brass, Percussion: Chromatic scale in the range of your instrument.  Slurred ascending and staccato tongued descending (except for trombone and percussion).  Click here to download more specific information regarding the chromatic scale requirements.


Brass Ensemble (Intermediate Brass Ensemble)

The Brass Ensemble is a new intermediate group dedicated to exploring brass ensemble and chamber literature, and preparing brass players for orchestral section playing.  Students must be at least in 8th grade.

  • Brass Requirements:
    • Prepared etudes (see downloads)
    • Sight reading

Bb Trumpet Etudes