Auditions

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2019-2020 CSYO Auditions

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 CSYO Season. The application deadline for all orchestras was Friday, March 29, 2019

For more information about the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras program and to be placed on the 2020-2021 Interest List please contact Brandi Daramola, Youth Orchestras Manager, at  bdaramola@columbussymphony.com

    

AUDITION FAQs

Youth Orchestra (Grades 9-12)

Andrés Lopera
CSYO Music Director
Youth Orchestra Conductor

Rehearsals
Wednesday evenings, 7-9:30pm and select weekends at locations including the Vern Riffe Center and various local high schools.

Performances
3-4 performances at the Davidson Theatre in the Vern Riffe Center.

Audition Dates
Week of May 6, 2019
The Ohio State University School of Music

Audition Requirements

  • All Instruments (including Mallet Percussion): All major and melodic minor scales and chromatic scale (2 or more octaves from memory)
  • A movement from a concerto, sonata, etude or other solo piece that clearly indicates the student’s level of ability
  • Sight-reading
  • Auditions must be unaccompanied.
  • Scales: you might be asked to play up to 3 different scales in different types of bow strokes/articulations and speed.Strings: all major and minor scales 3 to 4 octaves.
  • Strings: All major and minor scales 3 to 4 octaves
    Woodwinds and brass: All major and minor scales 2 to 3 octaves and chromatic scales

*Players who double on utility instruments such as piccolo, English horn, bass or E-flat clarinet, contrabassoon, etc. are encouraged to bring those instruments and prepare a short solo.
*Percussionists should prepare a solo or orchestral excerpt on snare drum, xylophone AND timpani.

Cadet Orchestra (Grades 7-10)

Dr. Mark Sholl, conductor
Dr. Jim Bates, assistant conductor 

Rehearsals
Monday evenings, 7:00-9:15pm and select weekends at locations including Hilliard Davidson High School and various local high schools.

Performances
3-4 performances in Columbus locations to be announced at a later date.

Audition Dates
Week of May 6, 2019
The Ohio State University School of Music

Audition Requirements

  • Strings: Major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps (3 octaves from memory, 2 octaves for basses)
  • Woodwinds, Brass and Mallet Percussion: Major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps (multiple octaves if possible)
  • A movement from a concerto, sonata, etude or other solo piece that clearly indicates the student’s level of ability
  • Sight-reading
  • Auditions must be unaccompanied.

*Players who double on utility instruments such as piccolo, English horn, bass or E-flat clarinet, contrabassoon, etc. are encouraged to bring those instruments and prepare a short solo.
*Percussionists should prepare a solo on snare drum, xylophone AND timpani and demonstrate knowledge of all rudiments on the snare drum.

Chamber Strings (Grades 6-9)

Dr. Robert Gillespie, conductor

Rehearsals
Tuesday afternoons, 4:30-6:30pm in Weigel Hall (OSU)

Performances
3-4 performances on the campus of The Ohio State University and throughout Central Ohio.

Audition Date and Place
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The Ohio State University

Audition Requirements

  • Major scales from the following: A, D, G, C, F, Bb (as many octaves as possible)
  • One three-minute solo excerpt.
  • Sight-reading
  • Auditions must be unaccompanied.

Junior Strings (Grades 3-6)

Sara Given, conductor

Rehearsals
Monday afternoons, 4:30-6pm in Hastings Middle School, Upper Arlington

Performances
3-4 performances on the campus of The Ohio State University and throughout Central Ohio.

Audition Date and Place
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The Ohio State University

Audition Requirements

  • Major scales from the following: A, D, G, C (as many octaves as possible)
  • One prepared solo piece
  • Sight-reading
  • Auditions must be unaccompanied.

For more information about the CSYO programs, please contact Brandi Daramola, Youth Orchestras Manager, at 614-221-5650 or bdaramola@columbussymphony.com