2018-2019 Audition Application & Music
- Overture Strings: Students ages 7 to 14
- Prelude Orchestra: Students ages 9 to 15
- Philharmonia Orchestra: Students ages 11 to 18
- Symphonic Orchestra: Students ages 13 to 20
- Jazz Orchestra: Students ages 13 to 20
For more details on the timeline, results, and process, please see the website's FAQ section.
Auditions require that students prepare the specific excerpt listed for the orchestra for which they are auditioning, as well as a one-minute solo of their choice and scales and arpeggios as listed. All auditions are approximately 3–5 minutes long except percussion auditions which are approximately 10 minutes. While it is unlikely, please note that audition judges may ask any candidate to sight read.
If possible, applicants should listen to recordings of the excerpts and ask their teachers for assistance in preparation. Applicants should make sure the tempo is correct and learn about the musical context and technical concepts of the excerpts and aim to demonstrate these in their audition performances.
For all auditions, the audition panel consists of at least two FSYO conductors. The panel ranks each audition by assessing the following:
Classical Orchestra Auditions
- intonation, rhythm, dynamics, articulation (staccato & sautillé bowings for strings; legato & tonguing for wind and brass) and tone production
- musical style and attention to directions of the music
- conductor's comments on orchestral skills and attendance record (for ongoing members only)
Jazz Orchestra Auditions
- Intonation, rhythm, dynamics, articulation and tone production
- Musical style and attention to directions of the music
- Improvisation skills for jazz auditionees wishing to be considered for solo chairs
Excerpts can be downloaded below and students are encouraged to meet with a private instrument teacher to properly prepare their solo and scales.