Audition Requirements

SMYOC Orchestras

  • 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

Youth Orchestra (YO)

  • Auditions will last approximately 15 minutes

  • Please prepare a solo piece of repertoire of your choice which best demonstrates your ability.

  • Strings should be able to play in first, second and third position and extensions; experience with higher positions will be noted, and bowing styles may include staccato, hooked, slurs, bounced and spiccato.

  • Play at least 2 scales of your choosing, one major and one minor .

  • Percussionists must provide their own sticks and mallets.

  • Percussionists will be asked to play a 2 octave scale on pitched percussion, demonstrate pp-ff rolls on snare and timpani.

  • Expect to be asked to sight-read an unfamiliar piece of music

Preparatory Strings Orchestra (PSO)

  • Auditions are low-key and your assessor is very friendly!!

  • Auditions will probably last about 10 minutes.

  • Many/most musicians coming to a PSO audition have never done a formal audition before, and it is normal to feel nervous. We will do everything possible to put you at your ease and make it a positive process.

  • Please plan to play for us one piece you feel comfortable with and truly enjoy playing.

  • We will ask you to play a major scale in more than one octave in the keys of C, G, D or F.

  • You will be asked to sight-read some music (very short) so that we can know your fluency in reading notes.

 

SMYOC Choirs

  • Please plan on arriving at the audition venue at least 10 minutes before your audition start time. You might wish to warm up your voice a little bit before you arrive.

Youth Choir (for more experienced singers)

  • Auditions will last approximately 15 minutes

  • Please prepare to sing the Star-Spangled Banner. We urge you to try to have it memorized but it is not required. You will be asked to sing it a capella (without accompaniment).

  • Prepare a second song of your own choosing. Please avoid pop songs and instead choose something that you love but which allows us to hear your voice and your sound. (Most pop songs encourage younger singers to sing in imitation of someone else’s voice!)

  • Good choices of songs include many classic folk songs, musical theater songs, spirituals, and hymns. (Examples: Amazing Grace, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Beauty and the Beast, etc.) Choose a song that fits your range, shows off the strengths of your voice, and is appropriate for your age.

  • Come prepared to demonstrate your level of musical literacy through a series of musical exercises including rhythmic and melodic exercises, musical memory sequences, and some sight-singing.

Preparatory Choir (for less experienced singers)

  • Auditions are low-key and your assessor is very friendly!!

  • Auditions will probably last about 10 minutes.

  • Many singers coming to a Prep Choir audition have never done a formal audition before, and it is very normal to feel nervous. We will do everything possible to put you at your ease and make it a positive process.

  • Plan to sing Happy Birthday as a solo.

  • Prepare to sing Row-Row-Row Your Boat as a round - singers should try to hold their own part successfully while another person is singing another part.

  • Come ready to do a few musical exercises, including rhythmic exercises, melodic imitations and pitch-matching.

  • Here's a short video to show Prep Choir applicants what to expect. You’ll see what the audition is like from start to finish!