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Daniel Levitov, Conductor

Open to intermediate and advanced strings musicians in middle through high school, the Preparatory Young Artists Orchestra will explore the major concert repertoire for string orchestra in a setting that stresses developing technical precision, leadership, and musical artistry. The Orchestra will present two to three performances and regularly collaborate with outstanding student soloists and guest artists. Woodwind and brass players are invited to audition, and will be admitted on repertoire needs.

New and continuing students must audition for acceptance and placement in the orchestra. Auditions are open to all interested students but priority will be given to those in individual instruction at the Preparatory. Only students in individual instruction at the Preparatory are eligible to participate in Preparatory recitals or competitions, including the Junior Concerto Competition.

Auditions for New and Continuing YAO Members

Students who wish to move from PSE to YAO, or new (non-returning students) who wish to audition for YAO but not PYO.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Levitov, Morford

Returning YAO students who are not auditioning for PYO
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Levitov

*Scheduling for August auditions will begin on July 1, 2017.

New students and all members of the 2016-2017 Preparatory Young Artists Orchestra must call the Preparatory Office at 667-208-6640 to schedule an audition appointment for the 2017-2018 academic year. This audition will determine acceptance for the 2017-2018 season and seating for the fall semester.

Audition Requirements

All orchestral auditions should be taken solo, without piano accompaniment.

Sight-reading; performance of 1 piece (memorization not required); knowledge of scales (string bowings: slur 8; spiccato, 2 bows per note).

Violin: 3 octaves: A major and Bb major, G melodic minor;
Viola: 2 octaves: C and G Major, C melodic minor (optional, C Major 3 octaves);
Cello: 3 octaves: C and D Major, C melodic minor;
Bass: 2 octaves: one major and one melodic minor scale of choice;
Woodwind and Brass: Chromatic scale and major scale of choice (quarter notes and eighth notes at quarter=80)

Students auditioning for both orchestra and chamber music should prepare the audition repertoire as indicated above and should also prepare a contrasting solo work as indicated in the chamber music audition requirements.

Recommended Minimum Repertoire Levels

Violin: Suzuki Book 6 or Handel Sonatas;
Viola: Suzuki Book 4 or Telemann Concerto;
Cello: Suzuki Book 5 or Vivaldi Cello Sonata;
Double Bass: By teacher recommendation;
Woodwind and Brass: By teacher recommendation

Sight-reading is a very important orchestral skill and will be emphasized. Playing the recommended repertoire does not guarantee acceptance.

First Rehearsal: TBA

Course Information

Students in Individual Instruction at the Preparatory
Course #: PP.200.020 01

Students Not in Individual Instruction at the Preparatory
Course #: PP.200.021 01

Once you’re ready to register for classes and/or individual instruction, please visit our┬áregistration page.