Auditions

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2019-2020 CSYO Auditions

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

Audition form will be available HERE at a later date.

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