September 22, 2018
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Chair Tests
Chair Test Audition Requirements and excerpts: 

Chair tests for the AYO Symphony Orchestra, fall 2018 season, will be conducted VIA VIDEO ONLY, uploaded to your own account on the Austin Youth Orchestras web site. 

Click here for chair test excerpts for the AYO Symphony Orchestra, fall 2018 season. Instructions for uploading your video once you make it may be found here.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF YOUR VIDEO TAPE IS 11:59 p.m. (midnight) on MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018. 



CHAIR TEST AUDITIONS/EVALUATIONS
AYO Symphony, Philharmonic and Sinfonietta. 

Chair test auditions/evaluations are a necessary and helpful part of the Austin Youth Orchestra experience:
  • Students will encounter these auditions throughout their musical journey.
  • The evaluations help the conductor to know the technical skills of the members of the orchestra and to coordinate that knowledge with the music being chosen to perform.
  • The evaluations are the basis for seating the members of the orchestra in an order that produces the strongest possible ensemble.
  • Chair test auditions/evaluations will happen at the beginning of each semester. No more than one evaluation per semester.
  • These chair test auditions/evaluations are not optional.
  • Members of these orchestras will submit their auditions via video recordings according to the instruction on the AYO website.
  • Students who fail to submit a video chair test audition/evaluation will be placed at the back of the instrumental section.
  • Students who do not fulfill two consecutive audition/evaluation requirements will be dismissed from the AYO program without refund of the tuition paid.
AYO Camerata and Intermezzo.
Chair test auditions/evaluations are a necessary and helpful part of the Austin Youth Orchestra experience:
  • Students will encounter these auditions throughout their musical journey.
  • The evaluations help the conductor to know the technical skills of the members of the orchestra and to coordinate that knowledge with the music being chosen to perform.
  • The evaluations are the basis for seating the members of the orchestra in an order that produces the strongest possible ensemble.
  • Chair test auditions/evaluations will happen at the beginning of each semester, and again closer to the date of scheduled performances.
  • These chair test auditions/evaluations are not optional.
  • Members of these orchestras will sometimes submit their auditions via video recordings according to the instruction on the AYO website, or the audition/evaluation may be a live playing event during the regular rehearsal. 
  • Students who fail to submit a video chair test audition/evaluation or who are not present for the live audition/evaluation will be placed at the back of the instrumental section.
  • Students who do not fulfill two consecutive audition/evaluation requirements will be dismissed from the AYO program without refund of the tuition paid.
Concertante and Prelude will not have formal chair test auditions/evaluations. Formal auditions/evaluations means students are ranked in in numerical order based on skill level.
  • The conductors of these formative orchestras will determine, from observation during the rehearsals and/or sectionals, how to best seat the students to achieve the strongest possible ensemble.
  • The conductor of each orchestra may ask for checkpoint playing events during the semester to evaluate individual progress, encourage practice, and to form plans for future rehearsals.
  • The conductor will decide which player will sit in the Concertmaster and Principal chair in each section.  
  • The conductor will also designate Section Anchors. Section Anchors will be strong players seated throughout the section to produce the strongest possible ensemble. 
  • Sections Anchors will be designated with an asterisk in the program.



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