Audition for the EYO

Auditions for the 2020-2021 Season of the Etowah Youth Orchestras

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions for the 2020-2021 season of the Etowah Youth Orchestras will be held at The Music Center at Temple Beth Israel in downtown Gadsden (761 Chestnut Street, corner of 8th and Chestnut Streets) on Saturday, June 13, and on Tuesday through Thursday, June 16-18.  The EYO will be auditioning for open seats in the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Etowah String Sinfonia. Openings are as follows:

Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra – violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trombone, percussion, piano

Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra – violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, French horn, trombone, piano

Etowah String Sinfonia – violin, viola, cello, string bass

ENSEMBLE INFORMATION

All ensembles rehearse at The Music Center at Temple Beth Israel, 761 Chestnut Street, Gadsden.

For more information about the ensembles of the EYO, click HERE!

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Part 1 – The Prepared Excerpt

All students wishing to audition for acceptance or promotion into any ensemble of the Etowah Youth Orchestras will be asked to prepare an excerpt of music provided by the EYO specifically for each instrument and ensemble. String players will perform an excerpt that is specific to either the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Etowah String Sinfonia. Woodwind, brass, percussion and piano players will perform an excerpt that will be used to evaluate the performer for BOTH the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and not two separate excerpts.

The prepared excerpts are selected from current or upcoming repertoire for the ensemble for which the student is auditioning, thus providing an audition experience comparable to the level of the ensemble.

While you will not be asked to play the entire excerpt as provided in your audition due to time constraints, please be prepared to play ANY SECTION of the excerpt!

PERCUSSION AUDITIONEES: Please prepare TWO (minimum) of the three provided excerpts (timpani, snare drum, glockenspiel). Preference will be given to percussionists who prepare and perform all three excerpts.

PREPARED EXCERPTS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS AND ENSEMBLES CAN BE FOUND HERE!

Part 2 – Scales

Scale Requirements – Strings

For acceptance into the Etowah String Sinfonia:

Major scales – A, C, D, F, G

Of these, the student selects one scale to play TWO OCTAVES

From the remaining scales, the judges select two scales to be played ONE OCTAVE

For acceptance or promotion into the Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra:

Major scales – A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G – two octaves

Chromatic scale – two octaves

For acceptance or promotion into the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra:

Major scales – ALL – two octaves minimum

Chromatic scale – two octaves

Scale Requirements – Woodwinds, Brass, Piano

For acceptance or promotion into the Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra or the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra:

Major scales – ALL – two octaves wherever possible (piano – two hands)

Chromatic scale – two octaves (piano – two hands)

Scale/Rudiment Requirements – Percussion

For acceptance or promotion into the Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra or the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra:

Percussionists may choose to perform scales on marimba or rudiments on snare drum – preference will be given to those who can perform BOTH!

Scales – Major scales – ALL – two octaves; Chromatic scale – two octaves

Rudiments – Any of the PAS 40 Essential Snare Drum Rudiments – open, closed, open – https://vicfirth.zildjian.com/education/40-essential-rudiments.html

PLEASE NOTE – due to limited time during auditions, students auditioning for the Philharmonic and the Symphony will not be asked to play ALL of the noted scales and rudiments, BUT may be asked to play ANY of them!

Part 3 – Sight Reading

Sight Reading Information

General Information

Students will be given 60 seconds to review the sight-reading excerpt and will then be asked to perform the excerpt. Sight reading excerpts will be selected from current, previous or upcoming repertoire for the ensemble for which the student is auditioning, thus providing a sight-reading excerpt comparable to the level of the ensemble.

Sight Reading Excerpts – What to Expect

Etowah String Sinfonia –

Keys – A, C, D, F and G major; F#, A, B, D and E minor

Time signatures – 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4

Length of excerpt – 8-16 measures

Rhythms – whole, half, dotted-quarter, quarter and eighth notes

Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra STRINGS –

Keys – A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F and G major; F#, G, A, B, C, D and E minor

Time signatures – 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8, 2/2

Length of excerpt – 16-24 measures

Rhythms – whole, half, dotted-quarter, quarter, dotted-eighth, eighth and sixteenth notes; triplets; compound rhythms in 6/8 and 2/2

Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra STRINGS and ALL Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

Keys – All major and minor keys, atonal

Time signatures – any, including complex meters (7/8, 5/8, etc.)

Length of excerpt – 16-32 measures

Rhythms – any, including compound rhythms

NOTE: Percussion auditionees may select a sight-reading excerpt on timpani, snare drum, or mallet instruments – you will not be required to complete sight reading on all three!   

 AUDITION PROCEDURES

  1. Please complete the online audition registration form HERE.
  2. If you have any questions about which ensemble to audition for, please contact the EYO offices at mikegagliardo@culturalarts.org. Please note, based on the audition, that a student will not be placed in a more advanced ensemble than he or she originally auditions for, but may be placed in a less advanced ensemble.
  3. The Prepared Audition Excerpts for all instruments and ensembles can be found HERE.
  4. Auditions will be held Saturday, June 13, and Tuesday through Thursday, June 16-18, at The Music Center at Temple Beth Israel (761 Chestnut Street, Gadsden). Audition times will be assigned based on the requested times indicated on the audition registration form, and will be emailed to the provided email address.
  5. If you are unable to attend the auditions on these dates, please contact the EYO offices at mikegagliardo@culturalarts.org.

AUDITION RESULTS

Audition results will be posted on the EYO website and on the EYO Facebook page by Tuesday, June 30.  In addition, students will receive a notification of audition results via email at the email address provided on the audition registration online form by this date. This email will include information regarding ensemble assignments, calendar dates, and seating auditions.

These auditions will serve to assign each student to a specific ensemble.  No seating assignments will be determined based on these auditions.  Seating auditions will occur in August, and information regarding seating auditions will be sent to students on or after July 1.

WHO NEEDS TO AUDITION IN JUNE

All students who are NEW to the EYO, AND any current member an EYO ensemble who wishes to audition for promotion into a different ensemble.

AUDITION ELIGIBILITY

Auditions are open to all students with at least two years of experience performing on a string, wind, brass, or percussion instrument.

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