Auditions

clarinetsflute sectionYoung musicians (ages 6-23) are eligible to audition for participation in the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon (YSSO). The YSSO organization includes three ensembles: Youth Strings (entry level), Youth Orchestra (intermediate) and Youth Symphony (advanced). Musicians must audition each year.

Auditions for the 2013-2014 Concert Season took place September 6-11, 2013. Musicians interested in auditioning for the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon in the future should familiarize themselves with the following information concerning audition expectations, procedures and required music excerpts. Musicians should visit this page on the web site periodically for information about auditions for the 2014-2015 Concert Season.

Each year, dates and times are reserved for specific instruments/instrument groups and/or ensembles. For an example of how the audition schedule typically is organized, please review the following. Musicians auditioning for Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra are grouped by instrument.

Audition times are always reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Musicians auditioning for Youth Symphony and/or Youth Orchestra are adjudicated by local or out-of-the-area professional musicians and music educators (depending on instrument group) who serve as adjudicators along with the YSSO Music Director. The Music Director and Associate Conductor adjudicate musicians auditioning for Youth Strings.

If selected, musicians are placed in one of the YSSO organization's three ensembles.

Musicians are notified by letter of audition results two weeks following the conclusion of all auditions.

Parent Orientation Meetings and Registration and the first rehearsal for the concert season take place on the first Sunday rehearsal. All registration forms must be turned in and payments are due at this time.

Click the following link to view or print the 2013-2014 Musician Contact Information Form (PDF). The first page of this PDF includes information about audition requirements and a concert schedule for 2013-2014. Page 2 of the PDF is the form each musician must complete and bring to his/her audition. All musicians must complete this form. Depending upon the PDF reader or version you have on your computer, you may be able to save this PDF file to your computer, type the information, save the completed form to your computer, and print your completed form.

Audition Schedule

The audition schedule for the 2013-2014 Concert Season was as follows:

Friday, September 6 (3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
Southern Oregon University Music Department, Ashland
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Musicians Only
Youth Orchestra and/or Youth Symphony

Saturday, September 7 (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
North Medford High School - Fine Arts
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Musicians Only
Youth Orchestra and/or Youth Symphony

Sunday, September 8 (11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Musicians Only
Youth Orchestra and/or Youth Symphony

Monday, September 9 (3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
Southern Oregon University Music Department, Ashland
Woodwind Musicians Only
Youth Orchestra and/or Youth Symphony

Tuesday, September 10 (3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
Southern Oregon University Music Department, Ashland
Brass and Percussion Musicians Only
Youth Orchestra and/or Youth Symphony

Wednesday, September 11 (3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
Southern Oregon University Music Department, Ashland
Youth Strings Musicians ONLY

Audition results are mailed to each musician within two weeks after the conclusion of all auditions.

Audition Procedures, Expectations, Music

Placement in one of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon (YSSO) organization's ensembles is based upon an annual audition.

All auditions include a solo work or movement and scales, and may include sight reading. In addition, musicians auditioning for Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra are expected to play required music excerpts each year. The required excerpt for each instrument may be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the appropriate link below. Scroll down to the list of Youth Symphony excerpts or Youth Orchestra excerpts and click on a link to access the excerpt(s) for each instrument. The required music excerpts change each year.

The YSSO organization developed lists of recommended solo works or movements for violin, viola and cello for Youth Orchestra and for Youth Symphony. Lists of recommended works or movements for other instruments may be developed in subsequent years.

Scales/Technical Ability:

String Instruments
  • 2 octaves for Youth Strings
  • 2 octaves for Youth Orchestra (download the list of recommended solo works for further instructions and expectations for some instruments)
  • 3 octaves for Youth Symphony (download the list of recommended solo works for further instructions and expectations for some instruments)
Wind Instruments

Chromatic scale covering full range; both ascending and descending. Be prepared to play major scales from zero to five sharps and five flats. Scales will be assessed depending on the age and experience of the musician.

Percussion

Candidates must demonstrate a basic facility and an understanding of the orchestral percussion instruments.

Music - Solo Work or Movement (all instruments):

All musicians must prepare a solo work or portion of a movement of no more than 5 minutes in duration for the audition. Each musician should consult with his/her private teacher in selecting a work or movement that best demonstrates technical proficiency, command of the instrument and musicianship. The solo work or movement should be level-appropriate. More advanced student musicians are encouraged to play pieces that demonstrate maximum technical and musical facility. Musicians intending to play first parts should be prepared to demonstrate facility in the higher register.

Although musicians may select and play another solo work or movement for this year’s audition, the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon has prepared lists of recommended works or movements for violin, viola or cello for Youth Orchestra and for Youth Symphony. Please keep in mind that selection of a recommended work or movement, however, will not guarantee selection for or placement in Youth Orchestra or Youth Symphony. Please read the introductory text at the beginning of each list of recommended works or movements for additional expectations and requirements for Youth Orchestra violin, viola and cello musicians and Youth Symphony violin, viola and cello musicians. The text includes information concerning scales and/or other expectations.

Please click on the links below to view or download lists (PDFs) of recommended solo works or movements for violin, viola and cello:

Music - Required Excerpts for Youth Symphony (all instruments):

Musicians auditioning for Youth Symphony are required to play music excerpts selected by the Music Director. Please click on the link below to view or download a list of all Youth Symphony excerpts for the auditions that were held this year. Scroll down to select and click the link for each Youth Symphony music excerpt.

Please click here Youth Symphony 2013-2014 Required Music Excerpts for a complete list of all required music excerpts for musicians auditioning for Youth Symphony. Please note, with the exception of the audition excerpt for percussion, the required music excerpts for Youth Symphony are not the same as the music excerpts for Youth Orchestra. Be sure you are preparing the correct excerpt.

Individual PDF files with required music excerpts for Youth Symphony follow. Select an instrument and click the link to view, download or print the music excerpt and information (PDF) for an instrument.

Music - Required Excerpts for Youth Orchestra (all instruments):

Musicians auditioning for Youth Orchestra are expected to play a music excerpt selected by the Music Director. Please click on the following link to view or download a list of all Youth Orchestra excerpts for the auditions that were held this year. Scroll down to select and click the link for each Youth Orchestra music excerpt.

Click here Youth Orchestra 2013-2014 Required Music Excerpts (PDF) for a complete list of all required music excerpts for musicians auditioning for Youth Orchestra. Please note, with the exception of the audition excerpt for percussion, the required music excerpts for Youth Orchestra are not the same as the music excerpts for Youth Symphony. Be sure you are preparing the correct excerpt.

Individual PDF files with required music excerpts for Youth Orchestra follow. Select an instrument and click the link to view, download or print the music excerpt and information (PDF) for an instrument.

Sight Reading:

Musicians may be asked to sight read a piece selected by the Music Director.