Bass Audition Requirements

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Each audition requires the student to play an orchestral excerpt provided below and a selection of scales, as well as requiring the student to sight-read some music.

The excerpt must be selected from the links for the level of orchestra the student hopes to join. All excerpts should be played at the appropriate tempo, with attention to musicality. Excerpts do not need to be memorized or accompanied.

The student must be prepared to play ALL of the scales listed for the level of orchestra the student hopes to join. The judges will typically only require two or three of these scales to be played. For your convenience, we have included scale sheets that you can use in preparation for the audition. Fingerings have been included as suggestions.

The sight-reading excerpts will be chosen by the judges, who will ensure that it is the appropriate level for the student.

Chamber Orchestra

Excerpts: Please prepare excerpt #1 OR #2- Download Chamber excerpts here

Scales: D, G, C, A,–2 octaves; A, E, minor–1 or 2 octaves. Download Chamber Bass Scales

Symphony Orchestra

Excerpts: Please prepare excerpt #1 OR #2- Download Symphony excerpts here

Scales: all major key signatures up to 3 flats, 3 sharps, and their relative melodic minor scales- All scales must be at least two octaves. Arpeggios are encouraged. Download Symphony Bass Scales

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