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Youth Symphony Orchestra

Advanced Symphonic Orchestra

The youth symphony orchestra is the most advanced orchestra and performs standard orchestral literature.

Youth Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

  • John Murton, Interim Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor
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Tuition

  • Per Child: $760

Rehearsals

  • Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from September – April. Please see the calendar for a complete listing and any exceptions.
  • Regular Rehearsal Times
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Audition Requirements

To schedule and audition, please contact the YOPW at (703)590-7083 or email info@yopw.org.

See the Other Events Calendar for audition dates, times and locations.

Violin

  • Scales:

  • String Scales should be bowed in this way:
    2 slurred, 2 martele ascending and 4 slurred descending

  • B Major, Eb Major, c melodic minor

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Violin Audition Selection

Viola

  • Scales:

  • String Scales should be bowed in this way:
    2 slurred, 2 martele ascending and 4 slurred descending

  • E Major, Ab Major, f minor

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Viola Audition Selection

Cello

  • Scales:

  • String Scales should be bowed in this way:
    2 slurred, 2 martele ascending and 4 slurred descending

  • E Major, Ab Major, f minor

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Cello Audition Selection

Bass

  • Scales:

  • String Scales should be bowed in this way:
    2 slurred, 2 martele ascending and 4 slurred descending

  • Ab Major, C Major, f minor

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Bass Audition Selection

Flute

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • 3 octave C Major, 2 octave Gb Major, Chromatic scale (3 octaves from C to C)

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Flute Audition Selection

Oboe

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • 2 octave Bb Major, 2 octave E Major, Chromatic scale (2 octaves plus P5 from C to G)

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Oboe Audition Selection

Clarinet

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • 3 octave E Major, 2 octave Ab Major, Chromatic scale (3 octaves plus m3 from E to G)

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Clarinet Audition Selection

Bassoon

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • 2 octave D Major, 2 octave Ab Major scale, Chromatic scale (3 octaves from Bb to Bb)

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Bassoon Audition Selection

French Horn

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • 2 octave A Major, 2 octave F Major, Chromatic scale (1 octave plus M7 - from B to Bb)

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO French Horn Audition Selection

Piccolo

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Piccolo Audition Selection

Trumpet

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • 2 octave C Major, 2 octave Ab Major, Chromatic scale (2 octaves plus m2 from B to C)

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Trumpet Audition Selection

Bass Trombone

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • 2 octave Bb Major, 2 octave E Major, Chromatic scale (2 octaves plus P4 from C to F)

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Bass Trombone Audition Selection

Tenor Trombone

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • 2 octave A Major, 2 octave Gb Major, Chromatic scale (2 octaves plus P4 from F to Bb)

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Tenor Trombone Audition Selection

Tuba

  • Scales:

  • Woodwind/Brass Scales should be articulated in this way:
    Major scales should be legato tongued in both directions.
    Chromatic scale should be all in one slur/one breath ascending and staccato tongued descending, except for Trombone/Bass Trombone who should legato tongue ascending and staccato tongue descending.

  • 2 octave G Major, 2 octave Bb Major, Chromatic scale (2 octaves plus P4 from F to Bb)

  • Selection:

  • Excerpts PDFYSO Tuba Audition Selection

Percussion

See audition requirements under Percussion Ensemble