Auditions for the 2022-23 season:

  • Applications for the 2022-23 OSYO season are currently being accepted. Please fill out an Audition Application here. There is a non-refundable $35 application fee. More information about Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra and rehearsals can be found at General Information page.
  • Auditions for the 2022-23 season will be held on June 24 and 25, 2022. You will be contacted with specific guidelines for your instrument prior to your audition. Application deadline for the first round auditions closes on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
  • Late auditions will be held on August 12 and 13, 2022. Application deadline for this second round closes on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Additional details regarding specific scheduling will be provided via email. Please contact youthorchestra@oaklandsymphony.org for more details.

Audition Requirements:

1. Scales

    • Violin & Viola: 3 octave C major with arpeggios (play scales quarter note = 60, with three notes per beat)
    • Cello: 3 octave F major with arpeggios (play scales quarter note = 60, with three notes per beat)
    • Bass: 3 octave E major with arpeggios
    • Brass: Bb and Ab Major concert
    • Winds: A and Ab Major concert
    • Harp: C major scale, hands together, at a comfortable tempo
    • Percussion: concert snare drum roll (please bring snare) soft-loud-soft, 3 of the basic snare drum rudiments (flam, ruffs, paradiddles, etc), and a C Major scale on the glockenspiel (instrument provided by Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra)

2. Solo work

One solo piece that represents both technical and expressive playing. Candidates should bear in mind that the Youth Orchestra performs standard (difficult) orchestral repertoire and your selection of solo material should reflect your readiness to perform at this level.

3. Orchestra Excerpts

You must prepare the required excerpt for your instrument listed below. If you are unfamiliar with these excerpts, we encourage you to listen to recordings of the piece and bring the excerpt to your private instructors or ensemble leaders for their input. Please contact youthorchestra@oaklandsymphony.org if you have any questions.

Violin
Rossini: Top of the page until one after rehearsal 9
Dvořák No.2: Beginning until Letter C
Dvořák No.7: Letter H until End

Viola
Rossini: mm 25 (Allegro Vivace) to mm 82; mm 225 (Piu Mosso) until End
Dvořák No.7: Beginning until Letter B; Letter F until End

Cello
Rossini: Letter C until mm 82; mm 225 (Piu Mosso) until End
Dvořák No.7: Letter I until End

Bass
Rossini: mm 64 to 80mm; mm 139 to 150; mm 229 to 238

Flute
Rossini: mm 11 until Letter G; mm 191 until Letter K
Dvořák No.2: Letter B until C; 7 after Letter D until E
Dvořák No.7: 12 before Letter H until End

Oboe
Rossini: mm 6 until Letter A; mm 34 until mm 38; mm 92 until mm 99; mm 127 until Letter G
Dvořák No.7: Beginning until Letter B; 12 before Letter H until End

Clarinet
Rossini: Letter E until G; Letter I until End
Dvořák No.2: Letter B until 9 after Letter C
Dvořák No.7: Letter E until F

Bassoon
Rossini: Beginning until Letter A; mm 34 until mm 38; Letter C until 7 after Letter D; Letter F until G

Horn
Rossini: mm 103 to 111
Bizet Overture: mm 49 until Letter D

Trumpet
Rossini: Letter C until mm 63; mm 221 until End
Dvořák No.7: Letter C until D; 12 before Letter E until F

Trombone
Rossini: Letter G until Letter H
Bizet Overture: mm 65 to 81

 

Audition adjudicators will be evaluating your performance based on the following criteria:

  • Intonation
  • Rhythm
  • Tone Quality
  • Musicality
  • Sight Reading
  • Style/Technique
  • Potential
  • Overall performance and preparation