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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 will be on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Please sign up for auditions by registering online.

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)

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.

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

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