Auditions

Audition Overview

Auditions for the 2017-2018 PYSO Season will take place May 13-14, 2017 at Oak Ave Intermediate School in Temple City.

Applications and updated information will be made available here on March 1st, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Chu at achu@pasadenasymphony-pops.org.

Audition Requirements

The Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras offer multiple ensembles for musicians of all ages and skill levels.  The audition consists of three components: solo repertoire, scales, and sight reading. Auditions last approximately 15 minutes. The solo repertoire and scale audition information for each ensemble is listed below.

All students are required to bring a second copy of the solo part for the audition panel.

Sight reading: There will be multiple sight reading examples available during the audition; students may be asked to play more than one selection, based upon the discretion of the audition panel. Percussion students may perform their sight reading on snare drum, timpani, or mallets.

Strings:
Philharmonic:

    • Prepare a short (2-3 minutes) solo which demonstrates contrasting tempi or styles. There will be no piano accompaniment. Please bring an extra copy of the solo part for the panel.
    • Prospective Philharmonic students will be required to perform 2 scales. One scale will be of the student’s choosing and may be major or minor. The other scale will be chosen by the audition panel and will be in a major or minor key, up to 3 sharps and 4 flats.

Violin, Viola, Cello: 2 or 3 octaves (3 octaves preferred)
Bass: 2 octaves

Symphony:

      • Prepare a short (2-3 minutes) solo which demonstrates contrasting tempi or styles. There will be no piano accompaniment. Please bring an extra copy of the solo part for the panel.
      • Prospective Symphony students will be asked to perform 2 scales. One scale will be of the student’s choosing and may be in a major or minor key. The other scale will be chosen by the audition panel and will be in a major key, up to 3 sharps and 4 flats.

Violin, Viola, Cello: 2 or 3 octaves (3 octaves preferred)
Bass: 2 octaves

String Orchestra:

        • Prepare a short (2-3 minutes) solo which demonstrates contrasting tempi or styles. There will be no piano accompaniment. Please bring an extra copy of the solo part for the panel.
        • Prospective String Orchestra students will be required to perform 2 scales. One scale will be of the student’s choosing and may be in a major or minor key. The other scale will be chosen by the audition panel and will be in a major key, up to 3 sharps or 3 flats. Students may perform as many octaves as they feel comfortable with on both scales.

Winds, Brass:
Philharmonic, Symphony, Wind Ensemble:

        • Prepare a short (2-3 minutes) solo which demonstrates contrasting tempi or styles. There will be no piano accompaniment. Please bring an extra copy of the solo part for the panel.
        • Students will be required to perform 2 scales. One scale will be a chromatic scale, starting on the note of the student’s choice. Students should play the full range they feel comfortable. The judging panel will select a major scale which should be performed in 2 octaves.

Percussion
Philharmonic, Symphony, Wind Ensemble:

        • Prepare a 2-3 minute solo on the snare drum, timpani, or mallets. (Please choose one) If you are auditioning on a mallet instrument, please be prepared to perform a scale of your choice.

Prospective percussion musicians for all ensembles have the choice to perform their sight reading on snare drum, timpani, or mallets. Students may be asked to perform on an additional instrument.