auditions

UPCOMING AUDITION DATES

2020-2021 Season Audition Dates
Sunday, May 3, 2020 and Saturday, May 9, 2020
Other 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 and Band – No audition is required!  Overture Strings is accepting all string instruments and Overture Band is accepting all woodwind, brass and percussion.

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 (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)
(ALL PERCUSSION please select 20-minute appointment)

 

Overture Strings & Overture Band Registration (NO AUDITION REQUIRED)

(Developing Level Strings and Developing Level Band)

PHILHARMONIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (Updated 1/29/20):

Please provide extra copy of solo(s) for adjudicator.
Sight reading is required in addition to the following scale & solo requirements.

PMEA Required solos (as referenced below) can be found HERE on page 3
Required Scales can be found HERE

SCALE & SOLO REQUIREMENTS:

Violin: 3 octave Major scales (memorized) up to 3 sharps / 3 flats. PMEA required solo for 2020-21 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 2020-2021, and a second solo of choice.

String Bass:
1 octave C, G, D, & F Major scales (memorized).  Gavotte in G Minor (J.S. Bach), 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 2020-2021. 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: Major scales up to 4 sharps / 4 flats, 2 octave chromatic scale and PMEA required solo for 2020-2021. All scales must be memorized.

Percussion:
Scales up to 3 Sharps / 3 Flats C, F, G, B-flat, D, E-flat, A (memorized), 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 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 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 they feel 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 1/29/20

STRINGS: 

Scales:  C, G, D, A, F, B-flat, E-flat major scales – all scales must be memorized.  CLICK HERE FOR PRELUDE STRING SCALES

First Violin:  Scales listed above in at least 2 octaves, First Theme from Fantasia – The Boy Paganini (Edward Mollenhauer) with fingerings written,  AND one solo of choice from Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent.  All scales must be memorized.

Second Violin:  Scales listed above in at least 2 octaves, Humoresque (A. Dvorak) with all shifting, AND one solo of choice from Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent.  All scales must be memorized.

Viola:  Scales listed above in at least 2 octaves, Humoresque (A. Dvorak) with all shifting, AND one solo of choice from Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent.  All scales must be memorized.

Cello:  Scales listed above in at least 2 octaves, 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 C, G, D, & F Major scales (memorized).  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:  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.

 

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. 

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 is a good fit for you, please contact the director, Christina Crivelli at ccrivelli@pypo.org.  If you are unsure that Overture Band is a good fit for you, please contact the director, Jeff Knell at jknell@pypo.org.

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

To register, please click here: REGISTER FOR OVERTURE STRINGS or OVERTURE BAND

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