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QCSYEs AUDITION INFORMATION FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON

Auditions are held each season for students who wish to be considered for QCSYEs membership, and for current members who wish to progress to a more advanced ensemble. The following information is intended to assist students in preparing for, scheduling, and performing a QCSYEs audition.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2017-2018 QCSYEs AUDITION GUIDE

REGISTERING FOR AN AUDITION

Students interested in auditioning for the 2017-2018 season should follow the link below to complete the QCSYEs Audition Registration Form. Individuals who complete the online registration form will be assigned a ten-minute audition time slot, according to the availability submitted as part of the form; this assignment will be communicated by email following submission of the online registration form. A non-refundable $10.00 audition fee, which is submitted by credit or debit card as part of the online registration form, is required of all applicants.

PREPARING FOR YOUR CHOIR AUDITION

Students interested in Youth Choir should download, print, and prepare the required audition song ("This Land Is Your Land"), which is available as a PDF download below and must be brought by the applicant to the audition. Students will also be asked to sing scales (on a neutral syllable) to discern his/her vocal range. Additionally, short tonal memory passages will be played on the piano and the student will sing back (on a neutral syllable) what he/she heard. Every student will also be asked to answer basic written music questions to demonstrate his/her level of music literacy.

Sheet Music for Required Youth Choir Audition Song
PDF Sheet Music for Required Youth Choir Audition Song: "This Land Is Your Land"

Youth Choir Audition Practice Tracks
"This Land Is Your Land" Accompaniment Track
Pitch Matching Explanation and Practice Track
Vocal Range Explanation and Practice Track
Two-Part Harmony Explanation and Practice Track

PREPARING FOR YOUR ORCHESTRA AUDITION

String Players
1.  String students should prepare a solo 1-2 minutes in length. Solos may be school contest solos, excerpts from larger solos, or any solo selection which demonstrates your skill. Solos do not have to be memorized and should be performed unaccompanied.

2.  Prepare the scale(s) indicated below for your instrument (and the orchestra level for which you would like to be considered for membership):     

  • Youth Symphony Orchestra Scales     
    Violin: 3-octave C, G, D, A, and B-flat major scales     
    Viola and Cello: 3-octave C, G, D, and F major scales     
    Bass: 2-octave C, G, D, F, and B-flat major scales     
    Scales should be played with separate bows on eighth notes at a tempo equal to or faster than quarter note=80, ascending and descending.
     
  • Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Scales
    Violin: 2-octave D major and 3-octave G and C major scales
    Viola and Cello: 3-octave C major and 2-octave D major scale
    Bass: 2-octave G and F major scales
    Scales should be played with separate bows on quarter notes at a tempo equal to or faster than quarter note=80, ascending and descending.
     
  • Youth String Ensemble Scales
    Violin, Viola, and Cello: 2-octave G and C major scales
    Bass: 2-octave G major and 1-octave F major scale
    Scales should be played with separate bows on quarter notes at a tempo equal to or faster than quarter note=60, ascending and descending.

3.  Download, print, and prepare the required excerpt for your instrument (and the orchestra level for which you would like to be considered for membership). Audition excerpts are available as PDF downloads at the links below, and must be brought by the applicant to the audition.

Woodwind and Brass Players
1.  Wind and brass students should prepare a solo approximately 2 minutes in length. Solos may be school contest solos, excerpts from larger solos, or any solo selection which demonstrates your skill. Solos do not have to be memorized and should be performed unaccompanied.

2.  Prepare two major scales of your choice in 2 or more octaves, ascending and descending. The scales must be performed in eighth notes at a tempo equal to or faster than quarter note=80 for YSO membership consideration, or in quarter notes at a tempo equal to or faster than quarter note=80 for YPO membership consideration. Scales should be performed all tongued in one direction and all slurred in the other direction.

3.  Prepare a chromatic scale over the range of the instrument in which you can play using an excellent tone, ascending and descending. The chromatic scale must be performed in eighth notes at a tempo equal to or faster than quarter note=80 for YSO membership consideration, or in quarter notes at a tempo equal to or faster than quarter note=80 for YPO membership consideration. No specific articulation pattern is required.

4.  Download, print, and prepare the required excerpt for your instrument (and the orchestra level for which you would like to be considered for membership). Audition excerpts are available as PDF downloads at the links below, and must be brought by the applicant to the audition.

Percussionists
1.  Prepare a solo or etude on the percussion instrument of your choice (snare drum, timpani, or keyboard percussion) that demonstrates your greatest skill, talent, and confidence. The solo/etude should be approximately 2 minutes in length.

2.  Download, print, and prepare the required excerpt for your instrument (and the orchestra level for which you would like to be considered for membership). Audition excerpts are available as PDF downloads at at the links below, and must be brought by the applicant to the audition.

3.  Demonstrate the following techniques on the following instruments:

  • Snare Drum
    Play a multiple bounce (orchestral) roll at the performer’s maximum controlled speed from soft to loud to soft.
    Play a double stroke (rudimentary) roll from slow to fast to slow at a constant volume.
     
  • Keyboard Percussion
    Play 2-octave C and D major scales, ascending and descending, in eighth notes at quarter note=100.
    Play a chromatic scale the full range of the instrument, ascending and descending, in eighth notes at quarter note=100.
  • Timpani
    Perform a glissando roll ascending and descending.
    Tune to a required pitch.
     
  • Crash Cymbals
    Perform crashes at various volume levels.
     
  • Tambourine
    Perform shake and thumb rolls. 

Pianists and Harpists
1.  Piano and harp students should prepare a solo approximately 2 minutes in length. Solos may be contest solos, excerpts from larger solos, or any solo selection which demonstrates your skill. Solos do not have to be memorized and should be performed unaccompanied.

2.  Download, print, and prepare the required excerpt for your instrument (and the orchestra level for which you would like to be considered for membership). Audition excerpts are available as PDF downloads at the links below, and must be brought by the applicant to the audition.

AUDITION EXCERPTS for the 2017-2018 season

If you are unsure which ensemble you should audition for, discuss the various excerpts for your instrument with your teacher. They can help you decide which orchestra you are likely to find most challenging and fulfilling. (Violinists must be familiar with 5th position for Youth Symphony Orchestra and at least 3rd position for Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth String Ensemble.) If you would like to be considered for more than one ensemble, play the more advanced except. For example, if you play the excerpt for the Youth Symphony Orchestra, you are also eligible for acceptance in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Youth Symphony Orchestra
Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass
Percussion

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass
Percussion

Youth String Ensemble
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass

Youth Choir
Required Audition Song: "This Land Is Your Land"

APPLYING FOR PRELUDE STRINGS

New students who wish to be considered for membership in Prelude Strings, the QCSYEs’ entry-level string orchestra, are not required to perform an audition. Instead, prospective members must:

1) complete an online membership application
2) ask a school music teacher or private lesson instructor to complete an online reference form

To apply for membership consideration in Prelude Strings, follow the link below to complete the online application form and ask your school music teacher or private lesson instructor to submit the online recommendation form also found at the link below. A non-refundable $10.00 application fee, which is submitted by credit or debit card as part of the online application form, is required of all Prelude Strings applicants. The QCSYEs conducting staff will evaluate each Prelude Strings application in conjunction with the 2017 QCSYEs auditions for YSE, YPO and YSO. Placement emails indicating acceptance status will be sent to each applicant after review. Teacher recommendations forms need only be submitted for prospective Prelude Strings members. Students auditioning for YSO, YPO, YSE, or YC are not required to submit a teacher recommendation.