PYPO Auditions – Prelude Ensembles

UPCOMING AUDITION DATES

Other Audition Dates to fill open slots ONLY:
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (Half Season)**

Audition Fee:  $25 (plus a $1.75 registration fee)

* Students who audition in September or January and are accepted into the Philharmonic Orchestra are not eligible for seating auditions and will be placed in the back of their sections.  **Students who audition in January and are accepted into one of the Prelude Ensembles are not eligible for seating auditions and will be placed in the back of their sections.  

PYPO PRELUDE ENSEMBLES(Intermediate Level:  Strings and Band Instruments)

STRINGS: 

Scales:  C, G, D, A, F, B-flat, E-flat major scales   CLICK HERE FOR PRELUDE STRING SCALES

Solos:  two solos from Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent. More advanced solos are encouraged. All scales must be memorized.
           To be considered for first violin, all scales must be at least 2 octaves and at least one solo must demonstrate shifting proficiency.

WOODWINDS:

Solo:   Solo(s) that demonstrate legato and staccato playing from the solo or etude repertoire.

Scales:  1 octave chromatic scales plus:
          Flute*, Oboe, Bassoon: E-flat, B-flat, F, C, G, D
          Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, BbTenor Sax: F, C, G, D, A, E
          Eb Alto & Eb Baritone Saxophone: C, G, D, A, E, B
    All scales must be memorized.

*If you have a piccolo, please bring to your audition and perform a scale.

           CLICK HERE FOR PRELUDE WOODWIND & BRASS SCALES

 

BRASS: 

Solo:  Solo(s) that demonstrate legato and staccato playing from the solo or etude repertoire.

Scales:  1 octave chromatic scales plus:

          French Horn: B-flat, F, C, G, D, A (Chromatic Scale starts on middle C)
          Trumpets & Bb Treble Clef Baritone / Euphonium: F, C, G, D, A, E  (Trumpet Chromatic Scale starts on D, bottom of staff)
          Trombone, Bass Clef Baritone / Euphonium, Tuba: E-flat, B-flat, F, C, G, D  (Trombone Chromatic Scale starts on second space C & Tuba starts on C two ledger lines below the staff)
    All scales must be memorized.

          CLICK HERE FOR PRELUDE WOODWIND & BRASS SCALES

 

PERCUSSION:

Solos:  Snare solo or Étude of choice  AND a Bell or Xylophone exercise or solo.

Scales:  Scales up to 2 sharps / 2 flats C, F, G, B-flat, D
All scales must be memorized.

          CLICK HERE FOR MALLET SCALES

Note: The audition requirements listed are the minimum required for entrance and being able to meet these requirements will not guarantee an applicant’s acceptance.

Click here to Audition for STRINGS

Click here to Audition for WOODWINDS, BRASS and PERCUSSION

Our music staff will select applicants who can play at the level of students currently in each ensemble. The different levels of the ensembles are intended to help each stutent grow at his or her own pace as a player and musician. Students will be reviewed by the adjudication panel and Music Director for the ensemble they feel will best challenge each student. 

HOW TO REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION

**Please note – Summer, Fall and Mid-season Auditions are to fill open seats ONLY.

1. Applicant must register online and reserve an audition appointment.

2. Auditions will last approximately ten minutes (Philharmonic flute and ALL percussion auditions are 20 minutes in length). Twenty-minute audition appointments are placed throughout the schedule. If a twenty-minute appointment is not available on your preferred date, please email staff@pypo.org.

3. For registration of multiple students, please click specific link below.

4. If you are unable to keep your audition appointment, email staff@pypo.org at least one week prior to your audition.

5. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your audition appointment.

6. Auditions are held at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School, 2030 Swallow Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

7. There are no piano-only auditions for PYPO Philharmonic or Prelude Orchestra. Interested musicians must audition and be accepted on another instrument.

 

Click on the links below to schedule an audition:

 

PYPO Prelude & Philharmonic STRINGS
(Intermediate & Advanced Level Strings)

 

Prelude & Philharmonic WOODWINDS, BRASS & PERCUSSION
(Intermediate & Advanced level Band Instruments)
(PHILHARMONIC FLUTES ONLY and ALL PERCUSSION please select 20-minute appointment)

 

Overture Strings and Overture Band (NO AUDITION REQUIRED)
(Developing Level Strings and Band)

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