Auditions for the 2021-22 season:

  • Applications for the OSYO 2021-22 season are now open!  Please contact youthorchestra@oaklandsymphony.org for more details. You will be contacted with specific guidelines for your instrument. 
  • Due to COVID-19, we are accepting video auditions only. 2021-22 season audition deadline is Monday, July 12, 2021. Late applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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
Liszt: 9 before letter B (Andante Maestoso) until 9 after Letter C
Liszt: 4 before M until 8 after Q
Schubert: mvt 2, 8 before C until C

Viola
Liszt: 9 before letter B (Andante Maestoso) until letter D
Schubert: mvt 2, 8 before C until C
Marquez: mm 34-49

Cello
Liszt: 16 before E (allegro ma non troppo) until 8 before H (un poco piu moderato)
Schubert: mvt 1, 7 after letter A until 10 before Letter B

Bass
Liszt: 6 after E until 13 after F
Marquez: mm 168-198

Flute
Faure: mvt 3, beginning until letter A
Marquez: mm 202-220

Oboe
Schubert: mvt 1, mm 13 to letter A
Schubert: mvt 2, letter E until G
Marquez: mm 19-47

Clarinet
Liszt: 14 before L (poco a poco piu mosso) until 4 after L
Marquez: beginning until 19

Bassoon
Liszt: 14 before L (poco a poco piu mosso) until 4 after L
Faure: letter E until G

Horn
Liszt: 8 before C until C
Liszt: 7 after C until 3 after D
Liszt: 3 after O until P

Trumpet
Liszt: 3 after N until Q
Marquez: mm 228 until 272

Trombone
Liszt: 9 before B until B
Schubert: mvt 1, 6 before D until 197

 

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