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UPCOMING AUDITION DATES – Updated May 1, 2020

2020-2021 Season Audition Dates for Prelude and Philharmonic by VIDEO
Audition Deadline:  July 15, 2020

Other Audition Dates to fill open slots – to be determined

Audition Fee:  $25 (plus a $1.75 registration fee)*
*Please note: some audition requirements have changed from previous seasons, please review the audition requirements carefully.

Overture Strings  – No audition is required:  Overture Strings is accepting all string instruments.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION

**Please note – July auditions this year will be held by video.  For acceptances into PYPO for the 2020-2021 season, be sure to register for our July audition date.  Later auditions will only be held to fill vacant positions in the orchestras.

1. Applicant must register below.  The audition registration fee is $25 plus a service fee of $1.75.

2. The 2020-2021 Season Auditions will be held by video.  Applicants will be sent a link in which to submit audition videos after registration.  Videos will be due by the end of the day on July 15, 2020, but may be submitted anytime prior to that date.

3. Videos will be recorded by the applicant and will consist of scales, the ensemble’s required solo(s).  For audition requirements, please visit: http://www.pypo.org/auditions/

4. Applicants should upload their audition video to Youtube as unlisted.  This Youtube link will be submitted to the PYPO audition committee for review.

5. Students will be notified of acceptance in early August.

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

For more information regarding auditions, or PYPO, please visit www.pypo.org.

 

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)

 

Overture Strings  (NO AUDITION REQUIRED- link will be posted by mid-May)
(Developing Level Strings)

 

Overture Band will begin in January of 2021
(Developing Level Band)

PHILHARMONIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (Updated 5/10/20):

PMEA required solos (as referenced below) can be found HERE on page 3.  Required scales can be found HERE

SCALE & SOLO REQUIREMENTS:

STRINGS

Violin: 3 octave scales (memorized): A Major, C Major, and E-flat Major. PMEA required solo for 2020-2021 and a second solo of choice.

Viola & Cello: 2 or 3 octave scales (memorized):  D Major, E-flat Major, and A Major. PMEA required solo for 2020-2021 and a second solo of choice.

String Bass:
2 octave scales (memorized): F Major, C Major, and A Major.  Gavotte in G Minor (J.S. Bach) and a second solo of choice.

WOODWINDS:
PMEA required solo for 2020-2021 and the scales listed below:

Scales:
          Flute*, Oboe:  B-flat Major, C Major, D Major
          Bassoon: F Major, C Major, D Major
          Clarinet: F Major, D Major, E Major
          Saxophones: G Major, A Major, B-flat Major
Students must play all scales listed for their instrument.  All scales must be memorized.

*Flutes: Must also audition on Piccolo. 3 octave chromatic scale starting on B-flat, and Solo: Sonata in F for Flute and Piano (first mvmt. – Allegro), Telemann.

BRASS: PMEA required solo for 2020-2021 and the scales listed below:

Scales:
          French Horns: C Major, G Major, A Major
          Trumpet: C Major, D Major, E Major
          Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba:  B-flat Major, C Major, D Major
Students must play all scales listed for their instrument.  All scales must be memorized.


Percussion:
Scales (memorized): D Major, E-flat Major, and A Major, Snare solo or Étude of choice, Timpani exercise or solo, plus Bell or Xylophone solo.

 

Note: The audition requirements listed are the minimum required for entrance.  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 level of the ensembles are intended to help each student 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 that will best challenge each student. 

Click here for some helpful tips to prepare for an audition.

PYPO PRELUDE ENSEMBLES (Intermediate Level:  Strings and Band Instruments)  Requirements updated 5/10/20

STRINGS: 

CLICK HERE FOR COPIES OF THE PRELUDE STRING SCALES

First Violin:  2 or 3 octave scales (memorized): A Major, C Major, and E-flat Major,  First 40 measures (first page up to the double bar) from Fantasia – The Boy Paganini (Edward Mollenhauer) using provided fingerings,  AND one solo of choice from Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent.  All scales must be memorized.

Second Violin:  2 octave scales (memorized): A Major, C Major, and E-flat Major., Humoresque (A. Dvorak) with all shifting, AND one solo of choice from Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent.  All scales must be memorized.

Viola:  2 or 3 octave scales (memorized):  D Major, E-flat Major, and A Major,  Humoresque (A. Dvorak) with all shifting, AND one solo of choice from Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent.  All scales must be memorized.

Cello:  2 or 3 octave scales (memorized):  D Major, E-flat Major, and A Major, La Cinquantaine (G. Marie) with all shifting, AND one solo of choice from Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent.  All scales must be memorized.

Bass: 1 octave scales (memorized): F Major, C Major, and A Major,  L’Éléphant from Carnival of the Animals (Saint Saëns), and a second solo of choice from Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent.  All scales must be memorized

WOODWINDS:

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

Scales:
          Flute, Oboe:  B-flat Major, C Major, D Major
          Bassoon: F Major, C Major, D Major
          Clarinet: F Major, D Major, E Major
          Saxophones: G Major, A Major, B-flat Major
Students must play all scales listed for their instrument.  All scales must be memorized.

BRASS: 

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

Scales:
          French Horns: C Major, G Major, A Major
          Trumpet: C Major, D Major, E Major
          Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba:  B-flat Major, C Major, D Major

Students must play all scales listed for their instrument.  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 (memorized): D Major, E-flat Major, and A Major
All scales must be memorized.

          CLICK HERE FOR MALLET SCALES

Note: The audition requirements listed are the minimum required for entrance.  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 level 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 that best challenge each student. 

OVERTURE REGISTRATION

No audition is required for admission into Overture Strings or Overture Band.  Students should have between 2 and 4 years of playing experience on their instrument.  If you are unsure if Overture Strings or Overture Band is a good fit for you, please contact the respective director:

Christina Crivelli at ccrivelli@pypo.org
Adam Janssen at ajanssen@pypo.org

Overture Strings meets from mid-October through early April.
Overture Band meets from mid-January through early April.

To register, please click here: REGISTER FOR OVERTURE STRINGS or OVERTURE BAND (link will be posted by Mid-May)

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