Advanced and Intermediate Orchestra Audition information:

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Membership shall be decided through an audition. Playing ability, musical maturity and balance of instrumentation shall be the determining factors in the selection of members and placement within the orchestra.

Advanced Orchestra – You will be asked to play two scales; the first will be your choice, the second will be the auditor’s choice. Key and number of octaves will affect the scoring. Three octave scales are required, but two octave scales shifting into third position will be accepted. Sight reading at student’s level. Up to four minutes of prepared music of the applicant’s choice which must be a solo piece or etude. Orchestral excerpts will be acceptable only for new students who do not have access to a solo or an audition piece. No popular music selections for auditions please.

Intermediate Orchestra - You will be asked to play two scales; the first will be your choice, the second will be the auditor’s choice. Key and number of octaves will affect the scoring. Two octave scales are preferred but two one octave scales utilizing all 4 strings will be accepted. Sight reading at student’s level. Up to four minutes of prepared music of the applicant’s choice, which must be a solo piece or etude. Orchestral excerpts will be acceptable if the student doesn’t have access to solo works or etudes. No popular music selections for auditions please.

All applicants are required to bring two copies of their prepared audition piece for the judges.

Suggested etude books for auditions are below. Also acceptable will be any Baroque or Classical solo composition written for that solo instrument.

Violin:
- Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies for the Violin, Book I or II; Carl Fischer Publishing – New Edition arranged in progressive order by K.H. Aiqouni
- Kreutzer 42 Studies, International Music Company
Viola:
- Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies for the Viola, Book I or II; Carl Fischer Publishing – New Edition arranged in progressive order by K.H. Aiqouni
- Mazas 30 Etudes Speciales, Op. 36, Book 1, International Music Company
Cello:
- Schroeder 170 Foundation Studies for Violoncello, Vol 1; Carl Fischer Publishing
- Popper High School of Cello Playing, International Music Company
Bass:
- Storch-Hrabe 57 Etudes in Two Volumes, International Music Company

General Membership information:

Membership is not automatically renewed. All orchestra members are expected to maintain the established standards of the organization, including a positive attitude, professional commitment to the orchestra, fellow students and GCYO staff, and have good attendance. All GCYO members are required to participate in their school instrumental music program. Home-schooled students and students who attend schools that do not have a school orchestra are exempt. All orchestra members are strongly encouraged to take private music lessons with a professional, qualified string teacher.

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Directions to rehearsal location at All Saints Lutheran Church in Tamarac



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