Audition Information

 


2020-2021 CSOYO Auditions are now complete and closed. 

Late Auditions may be available to fill vacancies in any orchestras. Please check the "LATE AUDITIONS" tab for current information.

 

If you are interested in membership for the 2021-2022 season, please check back here in February 2021 for information on next season's auditions. 


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 2020-2021 Application period has now closed. If you are interested in a late audition and qualify (see our LATE AUDITIONS page for more information), 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 HERE 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  Friday, June 19, 2020.

3. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (If required – see above eligibility requirements)

4. COMPLETED AUDITION (See Below)


AUDITION:

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: Coming soon!

 


AUDITION RESULTS:

NOTIFICATION: All Auditionees will be notified by mail of their audition results by August 1, 2020. Letters of intent will be included and must be signed and returned by those selected for membership.

SEATING AUDITIONS: All members (new and returning) will participate in seating auditions at the first regular season rehearsal. These auditions will consist of the excerpt selections from regular auditions only (no scales).

                SYMPHONY: Excerpts #1 and #2                 PHILHARMONIC: Excerpts #3 and #4            ETUDE: Excerpt #5                   Prelude: Excerpt #6

Seating order will be assigned for the first concert based on these auditions. Changes in seating order may be made at the discretion of the conductors later in the season.

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.


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 will be due on July 17, 2020 for members who wish to automatically renew their membership in their current orchestra. Balances will be due on August 14, 2020.

All other members selected or placed in August must return Letters of Intent, along with the full amount of tuition, by August 14, 2020.

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


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