Auditions

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2018-2019 Youth Orchestra Auditions

The deadline for all applications (March 23, 2018) has passed and we are no longer accepting applicants for the 2018-2019 Season. For more information about the CSYO programs and to be placed on the 2019-2020 Interest List, please contact Brandi Daramola, Youth Orchestras Manager, at 614-221-5650 or bdaramola@columbussymphony.com

Youth Orchestra (Grades 9-12)

Peter Stafford Wilson
CSYO Music Director
Youth Orchestra Conductor

Rehearsals
Wednesday evenings, 7-9:30pm and select weekends at various locations including the Vern Riffe Center and area high schools.

Performances
3-4 performances at the Davidson Theatre (formerly Capitol) in the Vern Riffe Center.

Audition Dates
Week of May 14, 2018
The Ohio State University

Audition Requirements

  • All Instruments (including Mallet Percussion): All major and melodic minor scales and chromatic scale (2 or more octaves from memory)
  • A movement from a concerto, sonata, etude or other solo piece that clearly indicates the student’s level of ability
  • Sight-reading
  • Auditions must be unaccompanied.

*Players who double on utility instruments such as piccolo, English horn, bass or E-flat clarinet, contrabassoon, etc. are encouraged to bring those instruments and prepare a short solo.
*Percussionists should prepare a solo or orchestral excerpt on snare drum, xylophone AND timpani.

 

Cadet Orchestra (Grades 7-10)

Dr. Mark Sholl, Conductor
Dr. Jim Bates, Assistant Conductor 

Rehearsals
Monday evenings, 7:00-9:15pm and select weekends at various locations including Hilliard Davidson High School and various local high schools.

Performances
3-4 performances in Columbus locations to be announced at a later date.

Audition Dates
Week of May 14, 2018
The Ohio State University

Audition Requirements

  • Strings: Major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps (3 octaves from memory, 2 octaves for basses)
  • Woodwinds, Brass and Mallet Percussion: Major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps (multiple octaves if possible)
  • A movement from a concerto, sonata, etude or other solo piece that clearly indicates the student’s level of ability
  • Sight-reading
  • Auditions must be unaccompanied.

*Players who double on utility instruments such as piccolo, English horn, bass or E-flat clarinet, contrabassoon, etc. are encouraged to bring those instruments and prepare a short solo.
*Percussionists should prepare a solo on snare drum, xylophone AND timpani and demonstrate knowledge of all rudiments on the snare drum.

 

Chamber Strings (Grades 6-9)

Dr. Robert Gillespie, Conductor

Rehearsals
Tuesday afternoons, 4:30-6:30pm in Weigel Hall (OSU)

Performances
3-4 performances on the campus of The Ohio State University and throughout Central Ohio.

Audition Date and Place
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The Ohio State University

Audition Requirements

  • Major scales from the following: A, D, G, C, F, Bb (as many octaves as possible)
  • One three-minute solo excerpt.
  • Sight-reading
  • Auditions must be unaccompanied.

 

Junior Strings (Grades 3-6)

Sara Given, Conductor

Rehearsals
Monday afternoons, 4:30-6pm in Hastings Middle School, Upper Arlington

Performances
3-4 performances on the campus of The Ohio State University and throughout Central Ohio.

Audition Date and Place
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at The Ohio State University

Audition Requirements

  • Major scales from the following: A, D, G, C (as many octaves as possible)
  • One prepared solo piece
  • Sight-reading
  • Auditions must be unaccompanied.

For more information about the CSYO programs, please contact Brandi Daramola, Youth Orchestras Manager, at 614-221-5650 or bdaramola@columbussymphony.com