Auditions

clarinetsflute sectionYoung orchestral 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 strings), Youth Orchestra (intermediate level full orchestra) and Youth Symphony (advanced level full orchestra). Musicians must audition each year.

Auditions for the 2014-2015 Concert Season will take place September 12-17, 2014. Each year, dates and times are reserved for specific instruments/instrument groups and/or ensembles. Please review the schedule to be sure you know which dates have been set aside for your instrument group. Musicians auditioning for Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra are grouped by specific instrument.

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

Musicians interested in auditioning for the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon should familiarize themselves with the following information concerning audition expectations, procedures and required music excerpts.

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 & Registration and the first rehearsal for the concert season will take place on Sunday, October 5, 2014. All registration forms must be turned in and payments are due at this time.

You may click the following link to view, download or print a 2014-2015 Musician Contact Information Form (PDF). The first page of the PDF includes information about audition requirements and a concert schedule for 2014-2015. 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 tentative audition schedule for the 2014-2015 Concert Season follows:

Friday, September 12 (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 13 (10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
North Medford High School - Fine Arts Building
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Musicians Only
Youth Orchestra and/or Youth Symphony

Sunday, September 14 (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Musicians Only
Youth Orchestra and/or Youth Symphony

Monday, September 15 (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 16 (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 17 (3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
Southern Oregon University Music Department, Ashland
Youth Strings Musicians ONLY

Times above are approximate. Auditions may conclude earlier and/or start later on certain days.

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

NOTE: With the exception of Youth Strings auditions, family members, teachers, friends and/or others are not allowed in the audition room during auditions. In addition, teachers, family members, friends or others may not speak with the adjudicators or YSSO staff during the audition nor contact YSSO staff, adjudicators or board members concerning results. Musicians are notified by mail.

Audition Procedures, Expectations, Music

Placement in one of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon (YSSO) organization ensembles is based upon an annual audition. The Music Director along with out-of-the-area and local professional musicians/educators (depending on section) serve as adjudicators.

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. Excerpts for Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra are not the same. Be sure you are preparing the correct music.

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 (please time the selection and play for no more than 5 minutes) 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 musicians. 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 or 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. Scroll down to select and click the link for the Youth Symphony music excerpt(s) for each instrument.

Please click the following link Youth Symphony 2014-2015 Required Music Excerpts for a complete list of all required music excerpts for musicians auditioning for Youth Symphony. NOTE: The required music excerpts for Youth Symphony are not the same as the required music excerpts for Youth Orchestra. Be sure you are preparing the correct excerpt(s).

Individual PDF files with the required music excerpt(s) for Youth Symphony follow. Select an instrument and click the link to view, download or print a PDF file with the music excerpt(s) and information sheet for each 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. Scroll down to select and click the link for the Youth Orchestra music excerpt for each instrument.

Please click the following link Youth Orchestra 2014-2015 Required Music Excerpts (PDF) for a complete list of all required music excerpts for musicians auditioning for Youth Orchestra. NOTE: 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(s).

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

Sight Reading:

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