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Saturday, June 10, 2017, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Returning string players (no excerpts required), New to PYO string players (only 1 excerpt)

Saturday, June 17, 2017,  12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Returning wind, brass, and percusssion (no excerpts required), New to PYO wind, brass, and percussion (only 1 excerpt)

Late August
Full Audition requirements on this date
*Scheduling for August auditions will begin on July 1, 2017.

All auditions will be held in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall


The Peabody Youth Orchestra is open to advanced middle through high school age musicians in all strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. This is the premiere orchestra in the Peabody Preparatory Orchestra program, concentrating on standard orchestral repertoire in a high-level learning and performing experience. Rehearsals are typically on Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Downtown campus. Two to three full-length concerts are given each year, including performances with faculty and guest artists as well as accompanying the winner of the Preparatory Concerto Competition. Complete symphonies and concerto accompaniments are performed.

Membership is open by audition only and previous  ensemble experience is preferred.  Everyone is welcome to audition for the orchestra regardless of whether or not the student studies privately in the Preparatory.  (Only students who study privately in the Peabody preparatory are eligible to participate in the Preparatory recitals and competitions, including the Concerto Competition.)

Please call the Baltimore main campus Preparatory Office to schedule an audition time at 667-208-6640. (Scheduling for August auditions will begin on July 1, 2017.) Current members of the 2016-2017 Peabody Youth Orchestra must also schedule an audition if planning to return for the 2017-2018 season. Qualified students who are accepted into the orchestra may be eligible for partial scholarship assistance.

Audition Requirements

  • All orchestral auditions should be taken solo, without piano accompaniment.
  • Performance of a solo piece (Grade IV, V or VI – MBDA scale) that includes both technical and lyrical passages or a piece from the Preparatory Advanced Certificate Program level of repertoire (memorization not required).
  • Orchestral excerpts* (download excerpts for your instrument below).
  • Selected scales including chromatic, harmonic minor and major scales through four sharps and flats, range appropriate for the instrument.
  • Students may be asked to sight read during their audition.

*Returning PYO students will NOT be required to play excerpts if auditioning in June. New students auditioning for PYO may play ONE excerpt of their choice. All students auditioning in the fall will be responsible for all excerpts.

Audition Excerpts

Flute

Flute Excerpts

Oboe

Oboe Excerpts

Clarinet

Clarinet Excerpts 1 & 2

Clarinet Excerpt 3 (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, second movement)

Bassoon

Bassoon Excerpts

Horn

Horn Excerpt 1

Horn Excerpt 2 (Both Beethoven and Brahms required)

Horn Excerpt 3

Trumpet

Trumpet Excerpts

Trombone

Trombone Excerpts 1-3

Trombone Bass Excerpts 4-6

Tuba

Tuba Excerpts

Harp

Harp Excerpts (Cadenza from Swan Lake; Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, Letter G to H; Britten’sYoung Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Variation I, maestoso, harp cadenza only)

Violin

Violin Excerpt 1

Violin Excerpt 2

Violin Excerpt 3 (Beginning to Letter E)

Viola

Viola Excerpt 1

Viola Excerpt 2

Viola Excerpt 3

Cello

Cello Excerpt 1

Cello Excerpt 2

Cello Excerpt 3

Double Bass

Double Bass Excerpts

Percussion

Timpani Excerpts

Snare Excerpt

  • Please prepare any etudes or solos of your choice
  • Mallet instrumentalists: please also prepare a solo of your choice

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