April 24, 2018
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AYO Audition Requirements
Students must be at least eight years of age and entering third grade or higher when school begins in the fall to audition for Concertante, Intermezzo, Camerata, and Sinfonietta Orchestras. 
Students must be in sixth or seventh grade and have one semester of playing experience to audition for the Prelude Orchestra. Prelude Orchestra meets during the spring semester only.    
Students must be entering sixth grade or higher in the fall to audition for the Philharmonic Orchestra, and ninth grade 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
  • 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 2018 and rehearsals begin January 2019 for students in the sixth and seventh grades
  • Focus for this ensemble will be for students who have been playing ½ to 1 year 
Violin:
  • A two-octave G Major scale, up and down, do not repeat the top note, at a maximum speed of quarter note = 90, plus Suzuki "Allegro"
  • A maximum of 32 violin players will be accepted
Viola:
  • A two-octave C Major scale, up and down, do not repeat the top note, at a maximum speed of quarter note = 90, plus Suzuki "Allegro"
  • A maximum of 16 viola players will be accepted
Cello:
  • A two-octave C Major scale, up and down, do not repeat the top note, at a maximum speed of quarter note = 90, plus Suzuki "Allegro"
  • A maximum of 12 cello players will be accepted
Bass:
  • A one-octave C Major scale, up and down, do not repeat the top note, at a maximum speed of quarter note = 90, plus Twinkle Variation A in D major
  • A maximum of 6 string bass players will be accepted

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
      • Demonstrates control of spiccato, stroke ricochet, and hooked bowings
      • 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