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Audition Instructions

Winter Auditions | December 5th | Registration is NOW CLOSED

Location: Overlake Christian Church (9900 Willows Rd, Redmond, WA 98052)

The next opportunity to audition for BYSO will be in person on Monday, December 5th on an instrument-need basis only. NOTE: This audition is open to new students only. Students who auditioned in August 2022 are not eligible.

The eligible instruments listed below will audition between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm on Monday, December 5th. After you submit the registration form, the office will assign you a specific audition time and email you the details the week of November 28, 2022.

Registration is now closed.

Note: Audition time slots are assigned until full on a first come first serve basis.

Instruments Eligible to Audition this Winter:

  • Viola
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Euphonium/Baritone
  • Percussion
  • Harp

Instruments Not Accepted At This Time:

  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Clarinet

If you have any questions, please email auditions@byso.org

Audition Preparation

Refer to the Ensemble Levels and select the most advanced level of audition material that you feel comfortable with and can play well. Aim for the suggested metronome markings when indicated, but remember that it is always more important to play accurately, demonstrating good tone and intonation. Sight-reading is also a component of orchestral placement considerations and is part of the audition. Music for sight-reading will be provided by the adjudicators at the audition.

Keep in mind that preparing material for a certain level does not ensure placement at that level. Your placement will be based on your demonstration of these standards at the audition.

If you have questions, please review all the information in the Enrollment section of the website. If you are still having issues, please contact us at auditions@byso.org with questions.

Audition Registration Guidelines

  • Register online using the provided form link once it is posted on the website.
  • Once the office receives your registration, you will be assigned a specific time during your instrument’s block. You will receive your time slot via email.

Audition Day Guidelines

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time slot on December 5th to check in and unpack your instrument. A BYSO staff member will direct you to your audition room.
  • Your audition will be no longer than 10 minutes. Required audition material can be found here.
  • Note: only auditioning students and adjudicators are allowed in the audition room. No audience members allowed.

The Audition

  • State your full name before you play
  • State your scale(s); example: “3 octave A Major scale”
  • Perform your scale(s) (approximately one minute)
  • If required for your chosen orchestra level, state your prepared excerpt/etude; example: “Dance Etude track 2”.
  • Perform your prepared excerpt/etude (if required for your chosen orchestra level) (approximately one minute)
  • State your solo piece with full title, name of composer, movement; example: “Minuet in G Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, first half”.
  • Perform your solo piece (maximum two minutes)
  • You will be provided with a sight-reading excerpt to perform (approximately one minute)

Audition Music Guidelines

1. To prepare your audition music, visit our Ensemble Levels page and select the most advanced level of audition material that you feel comfortable with and can play well. Aim for the suggested metronome markings when indicated, but remember that it is always more important to play accurately, demonstrating good tone and intonation.

2. Scales: Select your scales based on your instrument and chosen orchestra on our website here and follow tempo markings as best you can.

3. Excerpt/Etude: Required excerpts/etudes vary from instrument and orchestra level. Check here for your specific set of requirements.

4. Solo: The music you choose should display contrasting styles and show your highest level of achievement, and is no longer than 2 minutes of music. Auditions are not accompanied by piano.

5. Sight-reading: You will be asked to sight read. Adjudicators will provide sight-reading music.

6. Memorization is not required and will not factor into your scoring.

7. Your audition should be around 5-7 minutes long.

Other Tips

1. Planning your audition is essential. We strongly encourage you to work with your private studio teacher when preparing an audition.

2. Predetermine what section or sections of your solo piece you are going to play.

3. Dress comfortably and nicely, as you would for a job interview.

4. Make sure you are tuned to A = 440.

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