SCYO is a non-profit organisation that provides orchestral music opportunities for young musicians from about 8 years up to 23 years of age. SCYO has ensembles to suit musicians at most musical standards. An audition process is held around October of each year, resulting in offers for places for the following year. SCYO will also consider musicians joining throughout the year. All considerations are at the discretion of the music director and conductors of the ensembles. Please contact the Director of Music, Maria Salmon, if you need more information.
Instrumental teachers can provide advice on the most applicable ensemble, or come along to a rehearsal night and/or open rehearsals and discuss with the conductors. Book an audition time slot or slots at a link that will be provided approximately a month prior to the audition weekend. Pre-prepare the audition pieces. All auditions are held over a single weekend, generally in October, with different groups and/or ensembles allocated different days. A non-refundable small audition fee (comparable to most other Australian youth orchestra’s) is payable when booking. It is a required step and the booking cannot be completed without payment.
At the audition, musicians generally need to present a prepared nominated excerpts and/or a short piece of their own choosing. (Amati only need to prepare a piece of their own choice – no sight reading piece will be required). The nominated excerpts will be made available on this page in advance.
If the audition weekend is completely unsuitable, please do not contact the musical director (Maria). The normal audition process must still be followed, with the only change being the submission of a video of the audition on a USB instead of a physical attendance. You will still be required to book an audition time slot and pay the audition fee; then the Audition Panel will review the video during your selected audition time slot. The Audition panel will review the video at the audition time booked.
Offers for membership of an ensemble generally be made in November, and membership fees paid before the start of rehearsals the following February. Acceptance of a place in any SCYO ensemble is a serious commitment for the entire year! Carefully consider the need to attend Wednesday night rehearsals, weekend concerts, tutorials, workshops and other activities. An orchestral group cannot perform at a high standard unless all its members reliably participate. Audition fees are not refundable under any circumstances.
It is strongly advised and encouraged that musicians discuss and work with their instrumental teacher to choose the appropriate “own choice” piece and the nominated pieces. When choosing a piece, note that the maximum time to audition on one instrument is about 4 minutes across all pieces.
2019 Audition details
Booking link: https://scyo.fullslate.com/
Date: 27th and 28th October
Time: auditions run from approximately 8:30 till mid to late afternoon, depending on demand
Location: Chancellor State College
Audition Fee: $25
Strings audition preparation:
Amati – Prepare a piece of your own choice. No excerpts or prepared audition music applies.
Sinfonia Cello excerpt / Double Bass excerpt / Viola excerpt / Violin excerpt – Prepare a piece of your own choice as well as the audition music supplied. You may choose to prepare either A or B or both. Music comes from the piece Impulse by Bob Phillips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72AUKdoVenE.
Youth Symphony Strings Cello excerpt / Double Bass excerpt / Viola excerpt / Violin excerpt – Prepare a piece of your own choice as well as the excerpts. A is Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2Gedb05J5M (starts around 1min). B is Mendlessohn’s Hebrides Overture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtJkEWCQEbE.
Concert Band audition preparation:
Alto Sax excerpt / Bari Sax excerpt / Bass Clarinet excerpt / Bassoon excerpt / Clarinet excerpt / Euphonium excerpt / Flute excerpt / French Horn excerpt / Oboe excerpt / Percussion excerpt / Tenor Sax excerpt / Trombone excerpt / Trumpet excerpt / Tuba excerpt – Please prepare a short piece of your own choice and the excerpts for your instrument. The music is from Adrenaline Engines by Randall D. Standridge.
Youth Symphony (Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Horns) and Wind Symphony audition preparation:
Bass Clarinet excerpt / Bassoon excerpt / Clarinet excerpt / French Horn excerpt / Flute excerpt / Oboe excerpt / Percussion excerpt / Trombone and Euphonium excerpt / Trumpet excerpt / Tuba excerpt / Alto and Tenor Sax excerpt / Bari Sax excerpt – Prepare a piece of your own choice as well as both excerpts A and B. The tempo markings for A is crotchet = 126 and B is a minim = 132. This year it is intended that YS and WS students work on the pieces without the knowledge of where the pieces originate. Piccolo Players – Prepare a piece of your own choice on flute as well as the excerpts for the flute and in addition please prepare a piece that shows your skills on the piccolo. Percussionists please note that your excerpts are exercises and the Snare drum is to be played at a March tempo.
The SCYO ensembles can change from time to time, and can grow to support demand. It is quite rare to be unable to find a place for a musician. Existing ensembles cater for young musicians with around 1 year experience with an instrumental teacher through to more advanced musicians with 8 or 10 years experience. The audition panel will consider a number of factors such as the current level of musical development, age, maturity, and speed of development in determining placements. In addition, pathways between ensembles are sometimes able to be offered, for example some musicians from Sinfonia Strings may be offered to participate in the strings section for Youth Symphony for some pieces.
Membership of advanced small ensembles such as Chamber Strings and Stage Band, are by invitation only, after auditions. Nominate interest in these groups at Open Days or at other ensemble auditions.
The success of SCYO and the breadth of what it offers for the cost, is dependent on parent/carer volunteers, and assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please consider involvement. Most tasks are done during a Wednesday night rehearsal. Information meetings also occur on a Wednesday night. Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring musicians attend SCYO events, respond to requests, and for collecting musicians promptly from evening rehearsals and performances.
Offers of placement 2019
Please see below for offers of placement for positions in SCYO ensembles for 2019. As details are confirmed for the various ensembles they will be added below.
As you can imagine, with over 220 auditions held for positions across 7 ensembles, it is possible that sometimes errors are made. If you feel for any reason that you have been placed in the incorrect ensemble of if your name is missing from the list (and you have not received an email saying that you were unsuccessful or other arrangements are being made) please do not hesitate to contact Maria Salmon.
A formal offer of placement into SCYO for 2019 will be made in the form of an invoice from our treasurer.
Youth Symphony Strings
The string lists are in order of seating positions within the orchestra. There may be some changes to these as members that play more then one instrument are needed to switch within sections.
|Violin 1||Violin 2||Viola||Cello||Double Bass|
|Echo Hunter Demecs (Leader)||Willow Cramer (Leader)||Reese Corner||Ella Berglas (Leader)||Ella Agapow (Leader)|
|Chloe Johnson (Assistant Leader)||Tamsin Roberts||Tajah Godfrey||Grace Risby-jones||Haydn Brumby|
|Casey Smith||Amelie Grimes||Sienna Coghlan||Alek Little (Assistant Leader)||Thomas Van Bruggen|
|Kate Monroe||Elizabeth Nolan||Oscar Nicholson||Sid Bell||Sahana Hoare|
|Chelsea Ledger||Sebastian Box||Jemima Dunn||David Petrinchuk||Eva Shen|
|Lily Kirkpatrick||Lily Sowden||Molly Pitcher -Webster * Violin 2||Robyn Vaughan||Gordon Creed|
|Valmae King||Lara Schofield||Billie Macnicol||Lauren Ward *oboe|
|Sarah Risby Jones||Eden Williams||Megan Whittome|
|Hannah Johnson||Jada Sowden||Jonas Hauber|
|Mirage Hunter Demecs||Bella Saccardo|
|Nahmi Wood||Mary Corcoran|
Youth Symphony Woodwind, Brass and Percussion
Thank-you for auditioning for a position in YS. The letters of offer shows the players’ numbered positions. If other players in the section decline their positions, sometimes players may, but not always, move up within the section.
|Lauren van de Vorst||Bass Clarinet||1.1|
|Liam Reed||Bass Trombone||1.1|
|Keeley Le Galllez||Clarinet||1.1|
|Eline Van Bruggen||Flute||1.1|
Sinfonia is in alphabetical order with the exception of some leadership positions. Other leadership positions will be assigned after camp in March 2019.
|Violin 1||Violin 2||Viola||Cello||Cello 2||Double Bass|
|Grace Fletcher||Amelia Kellerman||Emma Hanley||Archer Palmer||Alex Conway||Erin Little|
|Halea Eggmolesse||Annushka Bogden||Hayden Brown||Arlis D’arcy||Maykbe Gates||Jack Austin-Gardner|
|Izabella Filmer||Elizabeth Wegener||Isobel Troughton||Brooke Williams||Noah Elcolate|
|Jaya Lichy||Ella Conway||Luke Sim||Cacee Forster|
|Laine Hessner||Herbert Reschke||Saskia Taylor||Indigo Canavan|
|Lorelei Amy||Kassandra Carter||Sophie Pinna||Kiri anna James|
|Natascha Bryant||Leah Hooper||Tilly Cook||Laykin Hartley|
|Wahida Kelm||Maya Shahar||Naylie Hullemann|
|Zenna Pennay||Sarah Lacey||Ruth Corcoran|
|Sophia Smith||Thomas Edwards|
Amati is in alphabetical order with the exception of some leadership positions. Other leadership positions will be assigned after camp in March 2019.
|Violin Leaders||Violin||Viola||Cello||Double Bass|
|Vienna Maunders (Co—Leaders)||Aimee Lusty||Xanthe Whittome||Rachel Monroe (Amati Orchestra Captain)||Bear Liddy|
|Sidney Mills (Co-Leaders)||Nicol Hamilton||Madeline Byrne||Matilda Robbins||Oliver Bischoff|
|Jack Edwards||Scarlett Simoneau||Fletcher Gibson|
|Hannah Kingscote||Cameron Henderson|
|Thomas Wegener||Bellamoe Amato Ali|
|Caoilinn Bowden||Charlotte Farrell|
|Baos Nielsen||Reuben Graham|
|Sophie Stavropoulos||Liam Andrews|
|Alaria Taylor Burton|
The concert band lists are in random order and seating and leadership positions will be allocated after camp in March.
|Stephanie Montague||Islie Saccardo||Bridie Lehmann||Eva Matthews|
|Emily Kremmer||Rebecca Mullock||Tadgh Bowen|
|Alexis Lanskey||Abigail Bryant||Lilly Gleeson|
|Mia Murphy||Leo Innes||Devlin Matthews|
|Jude Burnham||Emmett Budd||Amy Mullock|
|Bridget Mannion||William Kremmer||Chiara Matthews|
|Tianni List||Lily Stewart||Charlotte Turner||Nicholas Vos|
|Dexter Williams||Mackenzie Harris||Luca Harris||Jackson Budd|
|Sam Kelly||Alastair Innes||Charlie Kremmer|
|Maili Fearon||Finlay Clarkson|
Thank-you for auditioning for a position in WS. The letters of offer shows the players’ numbered positions. If other players in the section decline their positions, sometimes players may, but not always, move up within the section.
|Max Robbins||Alto Sax||1.1|
|Jasmine Leask||Alto Sax||1.2|
|Margelina Berger||Alto Sax||2.1|
|Landon Cuttill||Alto Sax||2.2|
|Zac Stewart||Baritone Sax||1.1|
|Jameson Harvey||Baritone Sax||1.2|
|Lauren van de Vorst||Bass Clarinet||1.1|
|Keeley Le Galllez||Clarinet||1.1|
|Eline Van Bruggen||Flute||1.1|
|Annie Gordon||Tenor Sax||1.1|
|Juilian Stavrou||Tenor Sax||1.2|