February 18, 2018
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AYO Audition Requirements
Students must be at least 6 years of age when school begins in the fall to audition for Concertante, Intermezzo, Camerata and Sinfonietta Orchestras.

Students must be entering grades 6 or higher in the fall to audition for the Philharmonic Orchestra and grades 8 or higher next fall to audition for the Symphony Orchestra

General requirements for all students:
  • Posture and bow hold should reflect an approach to the instrument that will allow consistent technical progress and result in accurate intonation
  • Playing a solo that is too difficult will generally lower an audition score
  • Solos should be performed without accompaniment
  • Sight reading will be selected by the judge(s) at the audition

Prelude Orchestra – auditions will be held December 2017 and begin January 2018for students in the sixth and seventh grades
  • Focus for this ensemble will be for students who have been playing ½ - 1 year
  • Audition requirements to be announced at a later date
Concertante 
  • Scales, one quarter note per bow, Quarter=90
    • Violin: One octave A Major, D Major
    • Viola: One octave D Major, G Major
    • Cello: One octave D Major, G Major
    • Bass: One octave D Major
  • Reading: Can name open strings and names of notes used in present repertoire; Can tap simple, notated rhythm (half, quarter, eighth units at sight
  • Solo piece should be comparable to end of Suzuki book 1 level. Piece should include slurs and varied rhythm patterns.  

Intermezzo
  • Scales, 2-eighth note slurs per bow, Quarter=80
    • Violin: One octave: A Major, D Major, Two octave: G Major
    • Viola: One octave D Major, G Major: Two octave: C Major
    • Cello: One octave: D Major, G Major; Two octave: C Major
    • Bass: One octave: D Major, G Major, C Major
  • Note reading: eighth-notes, quarter notes, half-notes, dotted half-notes, whole notes, and dotted quarter-notes
  • Solo piece should be comparable to end of Suzuki book 2 level

Camerata
  • Scales, slur 4-eighth notes per bow, Quarter=80
    • Violin: One octave: C Major, F Major, D Major, Two octave: G Major, A Major, D Major
    • Viola: One octave: F Major, Bb Major, Two octave: C Major, D Major, G Major
    • Cello: One octave: F Major, Bb Major, Two octave: C Major, D Major, G Major
    • Bass: ½ position one octave F Major and Bb Major; 1st position one octave G Major
  • All Students must demonstrate shifting
  • Sight reading: Can sight read at the middle of Suzuki book 1 level
  • Solo piece should be comparable to end of Suzuki book 2 or Suzuki book 3 level

Sinfonietta
  • Scales: Tempo steady and memorized; hook dotted quarter/eighth note rhythm per bow, Quarter=120
    • Violin: Two octave: Bb Major, D Major (must include shift), a melodic minor
    • Viola: Two octave: Eb Major, G Major (must include shift), c melodic minor
    • Cello: Two octave: Eb Major, G Major (must include shift), d melodic minor
    • Bass: One octave: A Major, C Major, g melodic minor; Two octave F Major
  • Techniques:
    • Tunes own instrument
    • Use vibrato while performing
    • Shifts consistently with smooth shifting motion
      • Violin/Viola: Shifts into 3rd position
      • Cello: Shifts into 2nd and 4th positions
      • Bass: Shifts into 2nd and 3rd positions


      • Performs with independent fingers
    • Sight reading: Can sight read at Book 2 level, including compound meter
    • Solo piece should be comparable to Suzuki Book 4 level

    Philharmonic
    • Scales: Tempo steady and memorized; eighth notes, one note per bow
      • Violin: Two octave: E Major, e melodic minor, Three octave G Major
      • Viola: Two octave A Major, a melodic minor, Three octave C Major
      • Cello: Two octave A Major, a melodic minor, Three octave C Major
      • Bass: Three octave G Major, Two octave a melodic minor, A Major
    • Techniques:
      • Tunes own instrument
      • Uses vibrato in musical contexts
      • Shifts consistently with smooth shifting motion, thumb and hand moving together and fingers in a functional position
        • Violin/Viola: Shifts into 2nd, 3rd and 5th positions
        • Cello: Shifts into 2nd, 3rd, 4th positions and extensions; can also read notes in tenor clef
        • Bass: Shifts into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th positions
      • Performs with independent fingers
    • Sight reading: Can sight read at the middle of Suzuki Book 3 level or UIL Class 3 solo
    • Solo piece should be comparable to a Suzuki Book 5 Level or UIL Class 2 solo

    Symphony
    • Scales and arpeggios: Tempo steady and memorized, sixteenth notes, one per bow
      • Violin: Three octave: A Major, D Major, g melodic minor
      • Viola: Three octave: D Major, Eb Major, c melodic minor
      • Cello: Three octave: D Major, F Major, c melodic minor
      • Bass: Two octave: Bb Major, D Major, d melodic minor
    • Techniques:
      • Plays with consistently accurate intonation and resonant tone quality
      • Shifts consistently with smooth shifting motion in all positions
      • Uses vibrato in musical contexts and can control speed, width and intensity
      • Demonstrates mastery of spiccato, ricochet and other advanced bowing techniques
      • Cello: Can alternate between tenor and bass clef and play in thumb position
      • Bass: Can Read in treble clef and play in thumb position
    • Sight reading: Can sight read UIL Class 2 solo
    • Fall audition: Selected excerpt(s) from TMEA All-State etudes; cuts to be posted on the AYO website under Chair Tests
    • Spring audition: Solo piece should be comparable to a UIL Class 1 solo