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Audition Information

Fall 2022 Season Audition Information



YSYS Advanced Orchestra Auditions:

Auditions for the Fall 2022 semester of the Yuba Sutter Youth Symphony will be held on September 11th, 2022, at 2:00pm in the orchestra room of River Valley High School. 
Mailed Applications must be postmarked by September 1, 2022.

Tuition for the Fall 2022 semester is due at the first rehearsal on September 13th, 2022 and is $300 for Advanced Orchestra, and $200 for Intermediate Orchestra.

About 15 minutes will be allotted for each student, and the auditions will be completely blind. This means that you will not see or speak to the audition panel and they will not see or speak to you. An audition facilitator will be present to guide you through and assist you during the audition. The blind audition ensures that the audition results are fair, and solely based on your playing ability. The auditions will give the staff an idea of how you play and whether or not you have the experience to play the level of difficulty of the music that the orchestra performs.


YSYS Advanced Orchestra Audition Requirements:


Scales – by Memory

Violin, Viola, and Cello – one G major scale and one G minor scale, 2 octaves.
*Those wishing to audition for 1st Violin should play 3 octaves on both scales.

String Bass – One G major scale and one G minor scale. 1 or 2 octaves.

Flute and Clarinet – One G major scale and one G minor scale. 2 octaves.
One 2 ½ octave chromatic scale from low C to high A.

Trumpet, Oboe, and Bassoon - One G major scale and one G minor scale. 2 octaves.

Trombone, Tuba, and French Horn – One G major scale and one G minor scale. 2 octaves.

Percussion – Rudiments: Rolls of various durations, flams, and ruffs.

If you play bells, other pitched percussion, or piano, play one major and

one minor scale on one of those instruments.


Solo Piece

Please prepare a 2-3 minute solo piece that is indicative of your current playing level.


Sight Reading

You will be asked to sight read one short orchestral selection.


YSYS Intermediate Orchestra Auditions:

No audition is required for the Intermediate Orchestra, but you must have a recommendation from your school music teacher or private music teacher.  We strongly suggest that students be graduates of Suzuki Method Book 1, or at an equivalent level.


Contact Helen Graham with any questions at 530.300.4189.