Auditions

Join The Carolina Youth Symphony


The Carolina Youth Symphony is comprised of three orchestras; the Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Orchestra and the Repertory Orchestra. With three orchestras, we can meet the varying needs of musically talented youth in the Upstate Region.

Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be held on May 19, 2018 at Furman University. If you are interested in joining our program, please visit the contact page to let us know.

Download the Audition Application and requirement information here:

Audition Application
Audition Requirements
Orchestra Descriptions

 

Audition Requirements

Auditions for any Carolina Youth Symphony orchestra will include:

  • A prepared solo that demonstrates the musician’s highest level of ability. The solo should demonstrate contrasting lyrical and technical passages. Memorization is preferred, accompanists are not allowed, and duplicate music copies are not required.
  • A short sight-reading excerpt. String players only: Sight reading material will be provided to the string musicians 10 minutes in advance of their scheduled audition.
  • Prepared scales are a major component of the audition. Musicians should demonstrate good tone, pitch and rhythm while performing each scale. Scales must be performed by memory. Scale requirements are listed for each orchestra below.

 

Scale and Percussion Requirements for Audition

 

Repertory Orchestra

  • Strings: C, F, Bb, G, D Major. Perform all scales in at least 2 octaves- 1 octave for bass
  • Woodwind and Brass: (In concert pitch) G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db
  • Percussion: Be prepared to audition in at least two of the following areas:
    • Mallets: Solo, sight-reading and 7 scales listed above in 2 octaves
    • Timpani: Solo, sight-reading and tuning
    • Snare: Solo, sight-reading and the following rudiments:
      1. Long Roll (open-closed-open)
      2. Flams
      3. Paradiddles
      4. Flam accents
      5. Drags
      6. Lesson 25

Concert Orchestra

Students auditioning at the CO level are expected to have mastered the requirements for the RO orchestra and should be able to demonstrate competency of those requirements in addition to the following CO requirements.

  • Strings: Major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats performed in 3 octaves (2 octaves for bass); a, d, e, and g melodic minor scales performed in at least 2 octaves (1 octave for bass)
  • Woodwind and Brass: All 12 major scales- multiple octaves preferred when possible
  • Percussion: Be prepared to audition in at least two of the following areas:
    • Mallets: Solo, sight-reading, 12 major scales in 2 octaves
    • Timpani: Solo, sight-reading and tuning
    • Snare: Solo, sight-reading and the following rudiments:
      1. Long Roll (open-closed-open)
      2. Single Stroke Roll
      3. Flam paradiddle
      4. Ratamacue
      5. Flam tap
      6. Drags
      7. 5 stroke rolls

Symphony Orchestra

Students auditioning at the SO level are expected to have mastered the requirements for the RO and CO orchestras and should be able to demonstrate competency of those requirements in addition to the following SO requirements.

  • Strings: Major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats performed in 3 octaves (2 octaves for bass); a, d, e, and g melodic minor scales performed in 3 octaves (2 octave for bass)
  • Woodwind and Brass: All 12 major scales- multiple octaves preferred when possible
  • Percussion: Be prepared to audition in at least two of the following areas:
    • Mallets: Solo, sight-reading, 12 major scales in 2 octaves
    • Timpani: Solo, sight-reading and tuning
    • Snare: Solo, sight-reading and the following rudiments:
      1. Long Roll (open-closed-open)
      2. Single Stroke Roll
      3. 8 other standard rudiments of your choosing