AUDITION FEE: $30 non-refundable (Applications sent after April 4, 2018 require a $5 late fee)
All Brass (Youth Symphony, Symphonette and Symphonic Winds)
All Woodwinds (Youth Symphony, Symphonette and Symphonic Winds)
String Orchestra – All Strings (note change in date)
Youth Symphony Upper and Lower Strings
Symphonette Upper and Lower Strings
Location: Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center
Audition results will be sent out by July.
ENSEMBLE PREFERENCE*: Must meet music level of difficulty and scale requirements for the first ensemble listed.
SCALES: All groups will be required to play scales as specified below. Scales need to be memorized and played in eighth notes (quarter note = 60).
EXCERPTS: Youth Symphony will audition on an excerpt and a solo work or movement of a sonata or concerto of their choice. They will be stopped at the judges’ discretion. Excerpts will be available on the website on April 5, 2018.
ALL GROUPS MAY BE ASKED TO SIGHT-READ.
PREPARED UNACCOMPANIED SOLO:
You MUST include on your application the name of the piece and the composer.
YOUTH SYMPHONY (YS):
(Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:15 pm; Ensemble fee: $595)
Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs music from the standard professional orchestra literature, which will be considerably more difficult than the normal high school repertoire and on par or above the difficulty level of a standard college orchestra. Musicians auditioning for Youth Symphony should already be at a high level of playing ability on their respective instruments.
Please review the sample excerpts.
SYMPHONETTE ORCHESTRA (SYM):
(Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm; Ensemble fee: $525)
Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs literature such as: Bizet L’Arlesienne Suite # 2, Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Saint-Saens Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, and Dvorak Symphony #8
SYMPHONIC WINDS (SW):
(Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm; Ensemble fee: $480)
Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs literature from levels 4-6. Music includes works by composers such as: Balmages, Grainger, Hazo, Holst, Reed, RW Smith, Sparke, Tichelli, Van de Roost.
STRING ORCHESTRA (SO):
(Rehearses on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm; Ensemble fee $480)
Ensemble Music Level of Difficulty: Performs literature mainly at levels 3-5.
HARP, SCALES: All major scales and their natural minors, 2 octaves.
PERCUSSION: All ensembles demonstrate concert snare drum roll, Cymbal crashes and solo piece.
*CHAMBER WINDS: Brass and wind players who are placed in Symphonette, and the top wind and brass players who are placed in Symphonic Winds, will be invited to also participate in Chamber Winds. Presently the participation in this group is by invitation only and no additional fee is required.
Contact: Sandy Rutledge, (email@example.com) or 602-882-0401.
7071 W. Antelope Drive, Peoria, AZ 85383
Applications that are not FILLED OUT COMPLETELY will not be processed.
Your assigned specific audition time and day will be sent on May 1, 2018.
NO AUDITION TIMES WILL BE CHANGED AFTER MAY 7th – NO EXCEPTIONS!
If you want to audition for 2018-2019 and miss the regular May auditions, please contact the orchestra manager to find out if there are any available seats in the ensembles.