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2020/2021 Fall Auditions are Open

TYS will hold a 2020/21 season.  All auditions will be virtual.  We are staying abreast of MNPS and WCS in-person policies, along with reviewing research study results specifically focused on orchestral rehearsal and performance concerns.  We are considering how to structure our program over the course of the year, how to manage virtual versus in-person rehearsals (or some combination of the two), and whether or how we can conduct concert performances.

Audition Process

*VIRTUAL* AUDITIONS  2020-2021 Season: All Youth Symphony, Prelude String, and Jazz/Rock auditions will take place virtually.

Step 1. Register

Complete the TYS Audition Form found here:
* For the 2020/2021 Season, the $25 Audition Fee will be waived *

Step 2. Record a 1-2 minute audition video

Record a 1-2 minute prepared solo that showcases the level of your playing at this particular time.

At the beginning of your audition video, BEFORE you play your solo, please state the following:
1. First and Last Name
2. Which group you are auditioning for (Prelude Strings, Youth Symphony, Jazz/Rock, or you may state Not Sure)
3. The title and composer of your piece.
For example: “My name is Betsy Smith. I am auditioning for the Youth Symphony….OR…I am auditioning for Prelude Strings. I will be playing “Title of Piece” written by “Composer name.

Step 3. Upload your video to YouTube

Upload your video to YouTube (as an unlisted video that is only accessible by a private link). Here is a quick tutorial on how to upload and create an unlisted YouTube video: https://youtu.be/JOr7JluzEOM

Step 4. Email your YouTube Audition Video

Email your YouTube Audition Video Link to Mrs. Miller or Mrs. Edgington or Mr. Miller.
Mrs. Anna Maria Miller – Youth Symphony
annamaria.miller@tnys.org
Mrs. Melissa Edgington – Prelude Strings
melissa.edgington@tnys.org
Mr. Gary Miller – Jazz/Rock Ensemble
gary.miller@tnys.org
*Audition Videos can be emailed between August 1, 2020 – August 22, 2020.

Step 5. Zoom Audition Scheduled

After you have completed the TYS Audition Form AND emailed your YouTube audition link to one of the conductors, you will be contacted to schedule a Zoom meeting. This Zoom meeting will cover the scale and sightreading portion of your audition.

*Zoom Meetings for Scales/Sightreading will be scheduled between August 24 and September 5th.

Prelude Strings Audition Requirements


Scales

selected from: C, G, D, A, F, Bb, Eb

Violins: 2 octave scales: C, G, D, A, Bb
1 or 2 octaves: F, Eb

Violas: 2 octave scales: C, G, D, F, Eb
1 or 2 octaves: A , Bb

Cello: 2 octave scales: C, G, D, F, Eb
1 or 2 octave: A, Bb

Bass: All 1 octave scales

Prepared Solo

A prepared piece of any style demonstrating your best ability.

Sightread

A piece will be provided that is comparable to Prelude Strings literature

Youth Symphony Audition Requirements


Strings and Harp

  • All 3-octave major scales
  • A prepared solo
  • Sight-reading

Woodwinds and Brass

  • All major scales
  • A prepared solo
  • Sight-reading

Percussion

  • All major scales (Xylophone, Marimba)
  • A prepared solo or etude
  • Sight-reading

Jazz/Rock Audition Requirements


Strings

  • All 3-octave major scales
  • A prepared solo of a contemporary piece
  • Sight-reading

Woodwinds and Brass

  • All major scales
  • A prepared solo of a contemporary piece
  • Sight-reading

Percussion

  • All major scales (Xylophone, Marimba)
  • A prepared solo of a contemporary piece
  • Sight-reading

Please note – improvisation is not necessary.

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