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AUDITIONS

Spring Audition Dates:

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016

By Appointment Only
412-403-0002

Chartiers Valley Intermediate School
2030 Swallow Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

The audition requirements listed on this application 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.

To audition:

1. Download and complete the appropriate PYPO or Prelude Application below. Send with $25 audition fee to "PYPO", P.O. Box 15675, Pittsburgh, PA 15244. Application must be received by PYPO prior to scheduling an audition appointment.

2. A member of the PYPO staff will contact you to schedule your audition time. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition appointment. If you are unable to keep your audition appointment, contact 412-403-0002 at least one week in advance of your audition date.

3. Auditions are held at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School, 2030 Swallow Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to audition time. If cancelling an appointment, please provide a minimum of one week’s notice.

PYPO 2016-2017 Brochure and Application
Audition Preparation Tips


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

All auditions are by appointment only.
Please provide extra copy of solo(s) for adjudicator.
Auditions will last approximately ten minutes, and will include sight-reading in addition to the following:

SCALE & SOLO REQUIREMENTS

Overture Strings (Entry Level)

NO AUDITION REQUIRED for Overture Strings,
only the completed audition application and fee.

Prelude Ensembles (Intermediate Level)

Strings: Major scales (memorized) up to 3 sharps / 3 flats and two solos from Suzuki Book 2 or equivalent. More advanced solos are encouraged.
To be considered for first violin, all scales must be two octaves and at least one solo must demonstrate shifting proficiency.

Woodwinds & Brass: One octave chromatic scale & Major scales up to 3 sharps / 3 flats and solo(s) that demonstrate legato and staccato playing from the solo or etude repertoire. All scales must be memorized.

Percussion: Scales up to 2 sharps / 2 flats C, F, G, Bb, D (memorized), Snare solo or Etude of choice, plus Bell or Xylophone exercise or solo.

Philharmonic Orchestra (Advanced Level)

Violin: Three octave Major scales (memorized) up to 3 sharps / 3 flats. PMEA required solo for 2016-17 and a second solo of choice.

Viola & Cello: Two or three octave Major scales (memorized) up to 3 sharps / 3 flats. PMEA required solo for 2016-17, and a second solo of choice.

String Bass: One octave C, G, D, & F Major scales (memorized). Gavotte in G minor (Bach) and a second solo of choice.

Woodwinds: Major scales up to 5 sharps / 5 flats, 2 octave chromatic scale and PMEA required solo for 2016-17. All scales must be memorized.

Brass: Major scales up to 4 sharps / 4 flats, 2 octave chromatic scale and PMEA required solo for 2016-17. 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 solo.

 

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MUSIC

Important Dates

Monday, 6/20/16 - Friday, 6/24/16
Summer Camp

Friday, 7/22/16
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