Audition Details

Violin bow

Each audition consists of an excerpt, scales, and sight-reading. Click on your instrument in the drop down menu under the “audition details” tab above, for specific details about your instrument.

Below are the set of skills students need to know to get into each of the VYS groups. This will help new students decide which group to audition for, and returning students know what goals to set in preparation for moving to the next group.

If you have any questions about the audition process, please email whitney.olson@vailyouthsymphony.org

Chamber

~ Rhythm Whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighths, sixteenths, tied notes

~ Keys Scales- 2 octave D, G, C, A; and 1-2 octave a, e minor 

~ Articulations Identify, define and demonstrate: slurs, hooked bows, accents, legato, staccato Introduced to: spiccato

~ Musicality skills  Dynamics: pp-ff; Tone: quality instrument sound on all strings and in position Blend: can recognize melody, counter-melody, harmony parts in a piece; Introduction to: vibrato, phrasing

~ Shifting Violins/violas:  basics of 3rd position Cellos:  basics of 3rd and 4th position

Symphony

Strings

~ Rhythm All from previous groups, plus understand the basics of syncopation, triplets, compound time signatures

~ Keys Scales- regional audition requirements up to 3 flats, 3 sharps- 1 scale has to be a 3 octave

~ Articulations Slurs, hooked bows, accents, legato, staccato, spiccato

~ Musicality skills  Dynamics: pp-ff; Tone: quality instrument sound in all positions; Blend: can recognize melody, counter-melody, harmony parts in a piece; Phrasing: basic understanding of phrasing

      ~ Vibrato Comfortable with using vibrato and know how to use it in context with the music and phrasing.

      ~ Shifting Violins/violas/cellos:  1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th positions Bass:  all positions through thumb position

Winds

~ Rhythm All from previous groups, plus understand the basics of syncopation, triplets, compound time signatures

~ Keys 1 octave (2 when possible) major and minor scales from 3 sharps to 3 flats concert pitch (E- Eb Concert)

~ Articulations

~ Musicality skills  Dynamics: pp-ff; Tone: quality instrument sound in in all positions; Blend: can recognize melody, counter-melody, harmony parts in a piece; Phrasing: basic understanding of phrasing.

Brass

~ Rhythm All from previous groups, plus understand the basics of syncopation, triplets, compound time signatures

~ Keys 1 octave (2 when possible) major and minor scales from 3 sharps to 3 flats concert pitch (E – Eb Concert)

~ Articulations

~ Musicality skills  Dynamics: pp-ff; Tone: quality instrument sound in in all positions; Blend: can recognize melody, counter-melody, harmony parts in a piece; Phrasing: basic understanding of phrasing.

Percussion

~ Rhythm All from previous groups, plus understand the basics of syncopation, triplets, compound time signatures

~ Keys 1 octave (2 when possible) major and minor scales from 3 sharps to 3 flats concert pitch (E – Eb Concert)

~ Articulations Basic rudiments: flam-tap, paradiddle,etc; Double sticking for mallet perc

~ Musicality skills Dynamics: pp-ff; Tone: quality instrument sound in in all positions; Blend: can recognize melody, counter-melody, harmony parts in a piece; Phrasing: basic understanding of phrasing.