Auditions

Auditions are held in May and August, just before our season retreat, and throughout the season after each concert (November and February).

 

Go to our Audition Sign Up page to schedule an audition Sunday, August 18th for our 2019-20 season.

 

Questions or you haven't heard from us? Contact our Orchestra Manager, Meeghan Pavelin at orchestra@nvyso.org.

 

Skills Requirements

Students auditioning for Sinfonia

must prepare one one-octave scale, a solo demonstrating his or her highest technical level, and may be asked to play a sight-reading excerpt (provided at the audition) to demonstrate music literacy.

Strings

  1. Good basic string tone and technique

  2. Accurately read whole, half, quarter and eighth notes and dotted rhythms

  3. Familiarity with scales and keys of C, G, D and A (concert pitch) as well as flatted notes (low first and second finger on violin and viola; extended first finger on cello)

  4. Execution of the following techniques: arco, pizzicato, legato, staccato, portato, tie, slur, fermata, accent, dynamics (pp - ff)

 

Winds/Brass

  1. Good breath support, embouchure and tone

  2. Accurately read whole, half, quarter and eighth notes and dotted rhythms in a variety of articulations

  3. Familiarity with these keys and scales: B-flat, F, C, G, D

  4. Ability to play a one-octave chromatic scale (two octave for flute/clarinet)

 

Students auditioning for Bridge and NVYS

must prepare two three-octave scales, a solo demonstrating his or her highest technical level, an excerpt (provided below), and a sight-reading excerpt (provided at the audition) to demonstrate music literacy.

 

  1. All major/minor scales – major and minor (Two octaves for basses, winds, brass; three octaves for violins and violas)

  2. Ability to produce excellent tone quality at all dynamics with a variety of articulations

    1. Strings: Knowledge and execution of the following bow techniques: detache, portato, tremolo, martele, staccato, hooked bowing and spiccato.  

  3. Ability to contribute musically to performances of major orchestral works

  4. Ability to read music fluently and accurately perform rhythms including eighth notes, sixteenth notes, syncopation and triplets.

  5. Good intonation throughout range of instrument and in all keys

  6. Strings: Ability to read and play in higher positions

  7. Winds/Brass: two-octave chromatic scales

 

Youth Symphony - Percussion

You may be asked to demonstrate any of the Percussive Arts Society’s 40 rudiments.
see bit.ly/NVYSdrums

 

The successful Bridge Ensemble auditioner will demonstrate most but not all of the Youth Symphony Skill Requirements. The successful Napa Youth Chamber Ensemble auditioner will demonstrate mastery of all of the Youth Symphony Skill Requirements.

 

For more information about audition requirements, skill requirements and excerpts go here.

Go to our Audition Sign Up page to schedule an audition.

Questions? Contact our Orchestra Manager, Meeghan Pavelin at orchestra@nvyso.org.