Auditions2019-09-13T12:30:45+10:00

Auditions

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.

SCYO Audition for 2020
Booking link: https://scyo.fullslate.com/ (available after 4 October 2019)
Date: 19 – 20 October 2019
Time: from 8:30am
Location: Chancellor State College
Audition Fee: $25

Registering for the Audition
A month before the audition, the link above will become active and available for you to book an audition time slot online. A small, non-refundable audition fee (comparable to most other Australian youth orchestra’s) is payable when booking.

If the audition weekend is completely unsuitable, you may choose to submit a video audition on a USB. Please note that you will still need to book an audition time slot and pay the audition fee, as the audition panel will review your video during the audition time booked.

Which ensemble should I apply for?
Consult your instrumental teacher for the most suitable ensemble, or come along to a rehearsal night and/or open rehearsals and discuss with the conductors.

Preparation
We strongly advise and encourage musicians to discuss and work with their instrumental teacher to prepare the set excerpts and/or select the appropriate “own choice” piece. When choosing a piece, note that the maximum time to audition on one instrument is about 4 minutes across all pieces.

Audition Results
Offers for membership of an ensemble will be made in November. Membership fees are to be 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.

Audition Repertoire

STRINGS

Amati

Prepare a piece of your own choice. No excerpts required.

Sinfonia

  1. Prepare a piece of your own choice, and
  2. Prepare the following excerpts (you may choose to prepare either A or B or both):
    1. Sinfonia violin excerpt
    2. Sinfonia viola excerpt
    3. Sinfonia cello excerpt
    4. Sinfonia double Bass excerpt

Youth Symphony Strings

  1. Prepare a piece of your own choice, and
  2. Prepare the following excerpts:
    1. YS violin excerpt
    2. YS viola excerpt
    3. YS cello excerpt
    4. YS double bass excerpt

CONCERT BAND

  1. Prepare a short piece of your own choice, and
  2. Prepare the following excerpt for your instrument:

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

WIND SYMPHONY & YOUTH SYMPHONY (WIND, BRASS, PERCUSSION)

  1. Prepare a short piece of your own choice, and
  2. Prepare the following excerpt for your instrument:

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

Special Note:

  • Piccolo players:
    • prepare a piece of own-choice piece + excerpts for the flute, and in addition,
    • 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.

Additional Info

Ensembles
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.

Parental Involvement
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.