2016-2017 PVSYO Audition Information & Requirements
Auditions for PVSYO are open to all student string, wind, brass, percussion, and/or harp players under the age of 20. Please read the following audition requirements carefully, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about them.
- All auditions are unaccompanied, please be prepared to play without piano.
- Please bring one copy of your solo selection to give to the audition committee..
For audition information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The audition fee is $20, payable at the time of registration or on the day of the audition.
About the Audition
Our painless, stress-free auditions last about 10 minutes in length, and allow us a chance to get to know you as a musician. Please be sure to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your audition time in order to have your instrument ready, tuned and warmed up. In addition to providing the opportunity for us to get to know you, please know that auditions are also a time for you to get to know us, so feel free to ask us with any questions you might have!
All new auditionees are required to pay a non-refundable Audition Fee of $20. Please bring cash or check, made payable to Pioneer Valley Symphony with PVSYO and your child’s name on memo line, to the audition, send it to the office prior to the audition, or make your payment on our website.
We wish you the best of luck and look forward to meeting you!
All string players should be able to demonstrate knowledge of shifting, legato, and ability to play off the string.
String players should prepare:
1) One major & one minor scale (two octaves)
2) One major arpeggio (two octaves)
3) A solo, or excerpt from a solo, of your choice
Cello Players: Should know, or be willing to learn, tenor clef
Viola Players: Should know, or be willing to learn, treble clef.
Woodwind players should prepare:
1) Three scales (2 major, 1 minor).
2) A solo of your choice.
If you play an auxilliary instrument (piccolo, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, saxophone), please let us know at the audition.
1) Two scales (major or minor, two octaves).
3) Solo of your choice.
PVSYO is auditioning all standard percussion instruments: timpani, snare drum, cymbals, bass drum and xylophone. Percussionists may audition for one specific percussion instrument, but knowledge of multiple instruments is desirable and preferred. Please consult with your teacher and/or ensemble director to select the best piece for your audition. If you have any questions regarding percussion auditions, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. At the audition we will have timpani, snare drum, bass drum, crash cymbals and xylophone. Percussionists should bring their own mallets, but we will have some available.
All percussion candidates should pick a solo piece of their choice on either a mallet keyboard instrument, snare drum, or timpani, showing your best abilities. Sight reading will also be given on that particular instrument.
All percussionists will be asked to perform on all of the following:
Rudimental Roll, Orchestral Roll, Flams & Paradiddles.
Crashes, varying dynamics & tempos.
2 octave major, minor and chromatic scales and arpeggio.
Long Roll, ppp to fff. Interval tuning to 4th, 5ths and 3rds.
Harpists should have access to or own a full range orchestral harp as required by repertoire. PVSYO will not be able to supply a harp.
1) One solo work of your choice.
2) One standard orchestral excerpt prepared (consult with your teacher).
3) Be prepared to sight read an orchestral excerpt.
PVSYO is auditioning orchestral pianists at this time, but pianists must be aware that the repertoire during the season may not always call for orchestral piano. Other performance opportunities would include playing celeste or other keyboard instruments.
1) Standard scales and arpeggios in all the major and minor keys.
2) Solo selection of your choice.
3) Be prepared to sight read an orchestral piano/keyboard excerpt.