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CSOYO Audition Information

2020-2021 CSOYO Audition Requirements

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. All current or past CSOYO members must re-audition every year.
  2. CHOOSE THE APPROPRIATE ORCHESTRA:

The CSOYO has four orchestras. Students must audition for a specific orchestra based on their level of skill and experience. (Please consult with your teacher or director for assistance in selecting the correct orchestra for your current skill level.)

                Prelude (strings only): 1-2 years of experience

                Etude (strings only): 2-3 years of experience

                Philharmonic (all instruments): intermediate level

                Symphony (all instruments):  advanced level

Applicants who are not chosen for their selected orchestra may be considered for membership in a lower orchestra.

  1. AGE REQUIREMENTS:

SYMPHONY:  12 – 19 years of age

PHILHARMONIC: 10 – 19 years of age

(Students younger than 12 who wish to audition for either Symphony or Philharmonic must submit a recommendation letter to the CSOYO manager from their private music teacher or school instrumental teacher prior to their audition).

ETUDE & PRELUDE:  up to age 19

  1. SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Students must be members of their school instrumental music program, if one exists. Wind and percussion students must be in their school band, and string students must be in their school orchestra, if these programs are offered at their school. Non-participation in the school instrumental music program requires an approval letter submitted to the CSOYO Manager from the school band or orchestra director, prior to the student’s audition.

 

APPLICATION:

  1. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION: must be completed online. This application can be found on our website at csoyo.chattanoogasymphony.org/auditions. If you are unable to access this form online, please contact the CSOYO Manager at csoyo@chattanoogasymphony.org to request an application form via email.
  2. APPLICATION FEE: The non-refundable $20.00 audition fee can be paid online at our website:  http://csoyo.chattanoogasymphony.org/auditions or a check can be mailed to CSO Youth Orchestras, Attn: Auditions, 701 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Audition Fees must be received in our office by Friday, April 19, 2019.
  3. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (If required see above eligibility requirements)
  4. COMPLETED AUDITION (See Below)

 

AUDITION:

AUDITION DATES:             Monday, May 11, Thursday, May 14, and Monday, May 18, 2020

AUDITION TIMES:              Between 5:30 – 9:30 PM

AUDITION LOCATION:     First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Avenue, Chattanooga TN 37402

Applicants will be invited to schedule an audition time on one of these nights once their application is complete.

The 2020-2021 audition requirements are different than in previous years. Please find your orchestra and instrument, and read the requirements carefully. The requirements will vary by orchestra.

 

STRINGS auditioning for SYMPHONY, please prepare:

  1. Scales- prepare the listed scales and a chromatic scale. The judge will select one or two scales and the chromatic scale at the audition.
  2. Excerpts- Prepare excerpts #1, 2, 3 and 4

Strings auditioning for SYMPHONY will be considered for PHILHARMONIC also, and will be placed in the appropriate orchestra based on their overall scores.

 

STRINGS auditioning for PHILHARMONIC, please prepare:

  1. Scales- prepare the listed scales and a chromatic scale. The judge will select one or two scales and the chromatic scale at the audition
  2. Excerpts- prepare excerpts #3, 4, 5 and 6

Strings auditioning for PHILHARMONIC will be considered for ETUDE also, and will be placed in the appropriate orchestra based on their overall scores.

 

STRINGS auditioning for PRELUDE/ETUDE, please prepare

  1. Scales- prepare the listed scales and chromatic scale. The judge will select one or two scales and the chromatic scale at the audition.
  2. Excerpt- prepare excerpts #5 and #6

Strings auditioning for PRELUDE or ETUDE will have the same audition and will be placed in the appropriate orchestra based on their overall scores.

 

WOODWINDS and BRASS auditioning for SYMPHONY, please prepare:

  1. Scales- prepare the listed scales and chromatic scale. The judge will select one or two scales and the chromatic scale at the audition
  2. Excerpts- prepare all four excerpts

WOODWINDS and BRASS auditioning for SYMPHONY will be considered for PHILHARMONIC also and will be placed in the appropriate orchestra based on their overall scores.

 

WOODWINDS and BRASS auditioning for PHILHARMONIC, please prepare:

  1. Scales- prepare the listed scales and chromatic scale. The judge will select one or two scales and the chromatic scale at the audition.
  2. Excerpts- prepare excerpts #3 and #4

 

PERCUSSION auditioning for SYMPHONY/PHILHARMONIC, please prepare:

  1. Excerpts #1, #2, #3 and #4.
  2. A two-minute solo piece of your choice on xylophone.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Please submit membership applications and audition fees online, or to the CSO Office by Friday, April 17, 2020. Once you have completed your application and submitted the $20 audition fee, you will be invited to schedule an audition time online, starting in April of 2020. You will receive an email with further instructions regarding how to schedule your audition time then.

 

A calendar of the 2020-2021 CSOYO season will also be made available to you so that you can verify any scheduling conflicts that may prevent you from participating in the CSOYO prior to auditions. The CSOYO rehearses on Monday evenings during the school year and all rehearsals, venue rehearsals (on Sundays), and concerts are MANDATORY. Please review the Attendance, Concert Dress and other policies found on our website prior to your audition.

 

AUDITION RESULTS:

Following auditions, applicants will be placed in an orchestra or on an alternate list, and will be notified by letter by June 15, 2020.

Chair placements:

SYMPHONY/PHILHARMONIC: Symphony and Philharmonic Strings/Woodwinds/Brass members will be initially seated by score ranking using audition scores. We will also use a “rotation” system during the season, where members will switch chairs (part assignments for winds) every concert cycle. This practice will provide every student an opportunity to play at various chair placements in the orchestra.

ETUDE/PRELUDE: Chair placement for ETUDE/PRELUDE will be made based on score rankings following auditions and may be adjusted during the season at the discretion of the conductor.

PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS will NOT be held this year. Principals will be seated initially based on audition scores. Players will be evaluated and possibly changed at the discretion of the conductor each concert cycle based on the musician’s leadership skills and performance in each concert.

 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras. If you have any questions, please call the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras office at 423-267-9011 or email at csoyo@chattanoogasymphony.org.

 

Sincerely,

 

Stephanie Pearson

CSOYO Manager