Audition Information

 

CSOYO 2021-2022 CSOYO Audition Information

PLEASE NOTE: We are planning a regular youth orchestra season for 2021-2022, with three major concerts and full orchestra rehearsals, hoping that the pandemic will have eased by then. We reserve the right to amend or adjust our plan, on the advice of the CDC and state and local governments, as circumstances change.

***DIRECTORS: If you would like to schedule an in-person school visit or Zoom Informational Call with a YO Conductor/Representative to share this information with your students, please contact Stephanie Pearson, the CSOYO Manager, at csoyo@chattanoogasymphony.org to make arrangements. 


AUDITIONS FOR THE 2021-2022 Season

Auditions will be held virtually in May 2021 via Flipgrid. All new applicants and returning members must audition. The audition window will be open Friday, May 21 through Monday, May 24, 2021. Applicants may record their auditions on Flipgrid at any time during this 4-day window, from anywhere in the world, with an internet connection and a device (phone, pad or laptop) with a camera. These May auditions will also serve as the seating auditions for each orchestra. If you are unable to audition during this timeframe for some reason, please contact the CSOYO Manager for advice. 

Interested applicants should review the CSOYO website ABOUT tab for important information about orchestra skill level, eligibility, rehearsal location and schedules, conductors, and member benefits before applying. The POLICIES tab also is also very helpful.

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.

3. 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

4. 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: The 2021-2022 Membership Application form must be completed ONLINE. This application can be found on this website under the Auditions tab dropdown option "Membership Application". 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 on this webside under the Auditions tab dropdown option "Membership Application" or a check can be mailed to CSO Youth Orchestras, Attn: Auditions, 736 Georgia Avenue Suite 101, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Audition Fees must be received in our office by Friday, April 23, 2021. 

3. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (If required – see above eligibility requirements) Email to the CSOYO Manager at csoyo@chattanoogasymphony.org by the application deadline.

4. COMPLETED AUDITION (See Below)


AUDITION:

AUDITION DATES:            9:00 AM Friday, May 21, 2021 – Monday, May 24, 2021 at midnight

AUDITION TIMES:            anytime

AUDITION LOCATION:      Virtual auditions must be recorded and submitted on the Flipgrid Application.

Applicants will receive a unique Flipgrid ID# and instructions for how to submit their audition once their application is complete.

PLEASE NOTE: You may not record videos on your own in advance and submit a file or a link to YouTube or another platform. You must record your audition LIVE on the Flipgrid platform and submit it in this way. The judges will only have access to videos made on Flipgrid when determining membership.

 


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Audition scales and excerpts can be found under the Audition Materials on this website. 

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, Recommendations (if required) and Audition Fees online, or to the CSO Office by Friday, April 23, 2021. Once you have completed your application and submitted the $20 audition fee, you will receive an email with your unique Flipgrid ID# and instructions for how to submit your audition online, around May 4, 2021.

A calendar of the 2021-2022 CSOYO season will also be made available on the CSOYO website in April 2021 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 14, 2021. Please do not contact the CSOYO Manager prior to this date for results. 

Chair placements:

SYMPHONY/PHILHARMONIC: Symphony and Philharmonic Strings/Woodwinds/Brass members will initially be seated by score ranking using audition scores. We may also use a “rotation” system during the season, where members may 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. Rotations are made at the discretion of the conductor.

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.

PRINCIPALS: Principal musicians in each section will be based on score rankings following auditions. 


 TUITION: Tuition rates for all orchestras will remain the same as in previous years:

                SYMPHONY:                       $300.00

                PHILHARMONIC:                 $250.00

                ETUDE:                              $200.00

                PRELUDE:                           $150.00

Tuition deposits of $100.00, along with signed Membership Agreements, will be due on July 1, 2021 and indicate acceptance of membership. Balances will be due on August 1, 2021. 

ALL MEMBERS must have tuition paid IN FULL before they can attend regular rehearsals.


CSOYO AUDITION FAQs:

SCALES: It says on the website that the judge will choose what scales we play, but there won't be a live judge so how will that work?

Two scales from the list of required scales will be selected shortly before auditions, and these scales will be announced in the directions on the Flipgrid audition topic for each instrument. When you access Flipgrid to upload your audition video, you will be able to see the two scales in the topic directions. 

More FAQs will be added as they are asked. 


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