AUDITIONS (By Appointment Only)
Dates & Fees
SPRING, 2017 (Full Season):
Saturday, April 29, 2017 & Sunday, May 7, 2017
Spring Audition Fee $30
after April 1—$35; after April 15—$40
Spring Audition Registrations Close April 23, 2017.
SUMMER, 2017 (Full Season):
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 & Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Summer Audition Fee $30
after June 1—$35; after June 15—$40
Summer Audition Registrations Close June 21, 2017.
WINTER, 2018 (Half Season)†:
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Winter Audition Fee $30
after December 15—$35; after January 1, 2018—$40
Winter Audition Registrations Close January 7, 2018.
† Students who audition in January for the Philharmonic Orchestra
OR Prelude Ensembles are not eligible
for seating auditions and will be placed in the back of their sections.
1. Applicant must register online and reserve an Audition
Appointment. PLEASE READ EACH LINK CAREFULLY, selecting the
specific ensemble link below to register and schedule your
2. Auditions will last approximately ten minutes (Philharmonic
Flute and ALL Percussion auditions are 20 minutes in length*.20-minute
audition appointments are placed throughout the schedule. If
a 20-minute appointment is not available on your preferred
date, please call 412-609-2777.
3. Note separate link for parents registering multiple students,
please click specific link below.
4. If you are unable
to keep your audition appointment, call 412-609-2777
at least ONE WEEK prior to your audition.
5. Please arrive 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
Orchestra. Interested musician must audition and be accepted
on another instrument, performing piano pieces as literature
and Music Director dictates.
Click here to Register for Overture
Strings (entry-level strings)
Click here to Audition for PYPO Prelude STRINGS
Click here to Audition for PYPO Prelude BRASS
Click here to Audition for PYPO Philharmonic Orchestra STRINGS
Click here to Audition for PYPO Philharmonic Orchestra BRASS
here to Audition for Prelude & Philharmonic
(PHILHARMONIC FLUTES ONLY & ALL PERCUSSION,
please select 20-minute appointment)
here to schedule Multiple Student Auditions
PYPO 2017-2018 Audition Brochure
Audition Preparation Tips
Please provide extra copy of solo(s) for adjudicator.
Sight reading is required in addition to the following scale & solo
SCALE & SOLO REQUIREMENTS:
PYPO OVERTURE STRINGS (Entry
NO audition required. Admittance to Overture Strings requires completion of
online registration, payment of appropriate fee(s), and completed teacher
recommendation form which is available for download during registration.
PYPO PRELUDE ENSEMBLES (Intermediate Level)
Strings: Major scales up to 3 sharps / 3
flats and two solos from Suzuki Book 2 or equivalent. More
advanced solos are encouraged. All scales must be memorized.
To be considered for first violin, all scales must be 2 octaves and at least
one solo must demonstrate shifting proficiency.
Woodwinds: 1 octave chromatic scales plus:
Flute*, Oboe, Bassoon: Eb,
Bb, F, C, G, D
Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass
Clarinet, BbTenor Sax: F,
C, G, D, A, E
Eb Alto & Eb Baritone
G, D, A, E, B
AND solo(s) that demonstrate legato and staccato playing from
the solo or etude repertoire. All scales must be memorized.
you have a piccolo,
to your audition and perform a scale.
Brass: 1 octave chromatic scales plus:
- French Horn: Bb, 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)
Bass Clef Baritone / Euphonium, Tuba: Eb,
Bb, F, C, G, D
(Trombone Chromatic Scale
starts on second space
C & Tuba
starts on C two ledger lines below the staff)
and staccato playing from the solo
or etude repertoire.
All scales must
up to 2 sharps / 2 flats
C, F, G, Bb, D,
AND Snare solo or Etude
of choice, plus Bell or
or solo. All scales must
PYPO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (Advanced
Violin: 3 octave Major scales (memorized) up to 3 sharps / 3 flats. PMEA required
solo for 2017-18 and a second solo of choice.
Viola & Cello: 2 or 3 octave Major scales (memorized) up to 3 sharps
/ 3 flats. PMEA required solo for 2017-18, and a second solo of choice.
String Bass: 1 octave C, G, D, & F Major scales (memorized). L’elephant
from Carnival of the Animals (Saint Saens), and a second
solo of choice.
Woodwinds: 2 octave Major scales up to 5 sharps / 5 flats, 3 octave chromatic
scale and PMEA required solo for 2017-18. All scales must be memorized.
also audition on Piccolo.
3 octave chromatic scale starting on Bb, and Solo: Sonata
in F for Flute and Piano (first mvmt. - Allegro), Telemann.\
scales up to 4 sharps / 4 flats, 2 octave chromatic scale
and PMEA required solo for 2017-18.
All scales must be memorized.
Percussion: Scales up to 3 Sharps / 3 Flats
C, F, G, Bb, D, Eb, A (memorized), Snare solo or Etude
of choice, Timpani exercise or solo, plus Bell or Xylophone
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.
Our music staff will select applicants who can play at the
level of students currently in each ensemble. The different
levels represented by the orchestra and ensemble are intended
to help each student grow at his or her own pace as a player
and musician. However, students exhibiting skills above the
current PYPO Prelude Ensemble will be reviewed on a case-by-case
basis by the adjudication panel and Music Director for part-time,
or full admission into the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra