2018 YS Leadership Audition Pieces

Dear Youth Symphony Students,

The following are excerpts for the upcoming leadership auditions for violins, violas, cellos, and bass students for the YS.  Applicants will be judged by their musicality, steady tempo, solid intonation, rhythm, posture, and technique. Throughout the year, leaders need to abide by the attendance policy and set a good example to the other orchestra members with their preparation, posture, and behavior.  Please look for an email in your inbox with a Sign-Up Genius link to pick a time for an audition on either August 25th or 26th.  Note that Violin Leaders will rotate between 1st and 2nd Violin leadership positions. 

Students wishing to remain in the same section in the same orchestra they were placed in during the last season DO NOT need to audition.

Students wishing to audition for YS but are not interested in auditioning for leadership seats, as well as winds, brass, and percussion students can visit the following website for audition guidelines: http://stringschool.duke.edu/groups/ensembles/youth-symphony

We look forward to hearing your auditions!

Violin Excerpts
  1. Brahms No. 1, m1 – 29. Eighth note = 86.
  2. Beethoven No. 5, Mov't IV, m114-156. Half note = 80.
Viola Excerpts
  1. Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream, m1–40.  Dotted quarter = 84.
  2. Beethoven N. 5, Mov't II, m1–10; m49–59, m98–106. Eighth note = 80.
Cello Excerpts
  1. Beethoven No. 5, Mov't II, m1–10; m49–59; m98–124 (played consecutively). Eighth note = 80.
  2. Brahms No. 2, Mov't IV. m1–m42. Half note = 100.
Bass Excerpts
  1. Brahms No. 1, Mov't I, m161–191 (take second ending only). Dotted quarter = 94.
  2. Beethoven No. 5, Mov't IV, m141–177.  Dotted quarter note = 63.
  3. Beethoven No. 5, Mov't II, m107–123. Eighth note = 84.