Audition Requirements and Musical Selections

Audition Requirements:  Scales, Solo, Excerpt, and Sight Reading

*** Note: Those auditioning for MYO-Rep can use the requirements below as a guideline, but we will be happy to hear scales at the current comfort level of the student and they do not need to prepare the listed excerpt unless they wish to do so. For MYO-Rep, we will require basic scales and the solo piece only.

* Scales

  • Violin:  3 octave C G A Bb major, 2 octave D F major, 2 octave C melodic minor
  • Viola:  3 octave C D, 2 octave G A E F Bb major, 2 octave C melodic minor
  • Cello:  3 octave C D Eb, 2 octave G A E F Ab major, 2 octave C melodic minor
  • Bass:  2 octave C G D A E F Bb major, 2 octave E melodic minor
  • Flute:  chromatic in range, 2 octave C G D A E F Bb Eb Ab major
  • Oboe:  chromatic in range, 2 octave C G D A E F Bb Eb Ab major
  • Clarinet:  chromatic in range, 2 octave C G D A E F Bb Eb Ab major
  • Bassoon:  chromatic in range, 2 octave C G D A E F Bb Eb Ab major
  • French Horn:  chromatic in range, 2 octave C G D A E F Bb Eb Ab major
  • Trumpet:  chromatic in range, 2 octave A F Ab major, 1 octave D Eb major
  • Trombone:  chromatic in range, 2 octave A F Ab major, 1 octave D Eb major
  • Tuba:  chromatic in range, 2 octave A F Ab major, 1 octave D Eb major
  • Piano:  3 octaves, both hands – C G D A E F Bb Eb Ab major, C chromatic scale
  • Harp: 2 octave C G D A E F Bb Eb Ab major
  • Percussion:  Mallets – chromatic in range, 2 octave C G D A E F Bb Eb Ab major. You may also be asked to demonstrate ability on bass drum, cymbals, and timpani tuning, as well as timpani rolls (soft to loud to soft) and snare drum rudiments (paradiddles, single- & double- stroke rolls)

* Solo

Prepare a 2-4 minute solo that highlights your best technical and musical ability.  It should contain both lyrical and technical passages  (play without accompaniment).   Your solo should be equivalent to Grade 4-6 on a Grade 1 (easy) to Grade 6 (most advanced) scale.  Please bring a copy of your music with you for the audition committee.

If you also play an auxiliary instrument such as piccolo, English horn, bass clarinet, or contrabassoon, please prepare a separate solo (1-2 minutes) for that instrument as well.

Percussion: Only one solo is required. You may choose between snare drum, timpani, and glockenspiel for your solo.

*Excerpt (link below)

* Auditioning violinists need only choose either the Violin I or the Violin II excerpt. The Violin I excerpt must be chosen to be considered for the Violin I section; however, auditioning on the Violin I excerpt does not guarantee placement in the Violin I section.

Piccolo, English horn, bass clarinet, and contrabassoon do not require separate excerpts.

*Sight Reading – you may be asked to sight read an excerpt comparable in difficulty to the orchestra repertoire.