2019 YS Leadership Audition Pieces

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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, ability to cue, 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 24th or 25th.  

Violin leaders come from the 1st violin section and must audition into the 1st violin section in order to be a leader. Violinists who are already in the 1st violin section of their orchestra need only prepare the leadership excerpt to audition for leadership. Violin leaders rotate between leading the 1st and 2nd violin sections.

Students wishing to remain in the same section in the same orchestra they were placed in during 2019-2020 DO NOT need to audition.

Students wishing to audition for YS but are not interested in auditioning for leadership seats can visit the following website for audition guidelines HERE.

Leadership audition repertoire include selections from Shostakovich's Festive Overture, da Falla's Three Cornered Hat, and Brahms #2 (bass only), which are posted below. Please only prepare to play the sections [in brackets]. We look forward to hearing your auditions!