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Saturday, June 9, 2018
Strings Only

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Please read the information below before signing up for an audition here. 

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.)

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.
  • For wind, brass, and percussion auditions, please click here.

Chamber Music – for students interested in participating in chamber music, the Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) or Peabody Youth Orchestra (PYO), audition will serve as an audition for both the orchestra and chamber music programs.  Students will only need to prepare the requirements for the orchestra audition.  No additional solo work will be required.  For students who are only auditioning for chamber music, please sign up for a chamber music audition and follow the specific audition requirements for that program. More information on the Chamber Music program can be found here.

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Audition Repertoire for June 2018 Auditions


Berlioz – Symphony Fantastique, Mvt. II

Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1, Mvt. III

Mozart – Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”, Mvt. IV


Rossini – Overture, La Gazza Ladra

Brahms – String Quartet #3, Mvt. III

Mozart – Symphony No. 35, Mvt. I


Mozart – Overture, Die Zauberflöte

Glinka – Overture, Russlan and Ludmila

Brahms – Symphony No. 3, Mvt. III


Handel – “Hallelujah” from The Messiah

Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, Mvt. III

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6, Mvt. III


Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre

Britten – Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Humperdinck – Hansel & Gretel

Wind/Brass/Percussion Excerpts Here