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Click the link at the bottom of the page for the Audition Application Form. We suggest you read this page before applying for an audition.

Auditions

Students are accepted into the SMYOC Orchestral Program through an individual audition, by appointment only, with an Orchestra Conductor. Entry to all SMYOC groups is by audition.

There are 2 orchestras:

  • Our Preparatory Strings Orchestra
    • For less experienced strings musicians who play at Level 2 and higher.
  • Our Youth Orchestra
    • For more experienced musicians who play at Level 4 and higher.
    • This is a FULL symphonic orchestra with strings, woodwind, brass and percussion sections.

Who is Eligible

Any student who meets the entry requirements, shown below, to the satisfaction of the Conductor, is eligible for SMYOC membership and a place in an orchestra. There is no minimum age, but students must be capable of sitting still and following instructions. Our youngest students are generally 8 years old.

  • Most of our Youth Orchestra students take private music lessons and are already accomplished musicians, having been playing their instruments for significantly longer than a year.
  • Our Prep Strings Orchestra students tend to be younger than our Youth Orchestra students, but most still take private lessons; some may have been playing their instruments for as little as a year.

We accept students up to the age of 20.

Audition Dates

Auditions are held throughout the year. They are usually held immediately before orchestra rehearsals on Monday afternoons. Once you have submitted your online application form, you will be invited, by email, to revisit our website and choose an audition date from a list. If you are unable to make any of the date(s) or time(s) of the auditions, please contact SMYOC. An additional audition may be granted at the discretion of the Conductor.

Rehearsals

Orchestra rehearsals usually take place on Monday evenings. We publish our rehearsal dates, times and venues on this website and via Google Calendar, which you will be invited to view once you've joined us.

MusicianThe Audition

  • Please plan on arriving at the audition venue at least 15 minutes before your audition start time in order to warm up and tune your instrument.
  • Expect the audition to take approximately 15 minutes.
  • When you enter the audition room, you will be asked whether you wish to audition for the Youth Orchestra or the Preparatory Strings Orchestra.

Entry Requirements

  • If you are auditioning for Prep Strings Orchestra:

    • You should perform the Level 2 audition piece that is appropriate to your instrument. Click here to see the Level 2 audition pieces.
    • You will be asked to play major scales over a single octave in the keys of C, G and D.
    • Students will be asked to sight-read an unfamiliar piece of music on their instruments.
  • If you are auditioning for Youth Orchestra:

    • You should perform the Level 4 audition piece that is appropriate to your instrument. Click here to see the Level 4 audition pieces.
    • Scales:
      • Major:
        • Violins, violas and cellos should be prepared to play 2 octave scales to 3 sharps and 3 flats.
        • Bass should play 2 octave scales for F, G, and A and one octave for C, D, and E.
        • Woodwinds and brass should play scales to 3 sharps and 3 flats in 2 octaves where appropriate.
      • Minor:
        • Students may be asked if they can play a minor scale of their choice.
    • Percussionists will be asked to play a 2 octave scale on pitched percussion, demonstrate pp-ff rolls on snare and timpani and must provide their own sticks and mallets.
    • Strings should be able to play in first, second and third position and extensions, experience with higher positions will be noted. Bowing styles may include staccato, hooked, slurs, bounced and spiccato.
    • Students will be asked to sight-read an unfamiliar piece of music on their instruments.

Tuition

  • Preparatory Strings Orchestra

    • Tuition is $290 per student.
  • Youth Orchestra

    • Tuition is $315 per student.

Notes

Tuition covers both the fall 2017 and spring 2018 seasons.
There are discounts for siblings and for those that join for a single season. If you would like to know more about discounts, please email us at admin@smyoc.org.
Tuition covers the period until the end of June.
Tuition is budgeted to cover less than 40% of SMYOC’s annual operating expenses. We rely on grants, corporate sponsorship, ticket sales and individual contributions to cover our remaining expenses.

Financial Aid

It is our policy that no student be discouraged from participating due to financial hardship. An application form for need-based financial assistance can be accessed by clicking this link: Financial Aid Form. Once it is complete, please post it by mail to SMYOC.

MusicianSMYOC Resolution on Cooperation with School Music Programs and Instructors

SMYOC recognizes, personally and publicly, the importance of music education within our schools. SMYOC wishes to work in partnership with schools and private music instructors to the greatest extent possible to facilitate the musical development of our young people. In expanding and strengthening both school and community musical resources, our youth are offered the opportunity for optimum growth.

In recognition of the importance of these partnerships, we strongly recommend that all members of our Choral and Orchestral Programs participate in their schools' choral and/or instrumental programs.

SMYOC Statement of Non-discrimination

SMYOC admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, and activities generally available to students in the orchestra. SMYOC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national and ethnic origin or any basis prohibited by law in administration of its admissions, access, or treatment in its programs and activities.

Application Form

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