OUR NEXT AUDITIONS ARE IN AUGUST 2017
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A FANTASTIC ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE BEFORE THEN, PLEASE CONSIDER OUR FOOSA FESTIVAL/FRESNO SUMMER ORCHESTRA ACADEMY, WHICH RUNS JUNE 11 TILL 25 ON THE FRESNO STATE CAMPUS.
Auditions determine your placement in the Youth Chamber Orchestra (YCO), Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO), or Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO).
VISITING OUR SUNDAY REHEARSALS—VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
Interested young players are welcome to bring their instruments and sit in on a rehearsal for the appropriate orchestra (scroll down to learn more about levels) to see if the experience is pleasing. They can then audition for admission to the orchestras, although they will not be competing for seating, which will already have been decided via our August auditions. It's a nice, low-pressure way of joining the fun! Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appropriate instruments; doubling instruments
Note that orchestral instruments are violin, viola, cello, double bass, oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, and harp. If you wish to audition for an orchestra, you must play one of these instruments. If you play a doubling instrument (piccolo, English horn, bass or E-flat clarinet, contra-bassoon, bass trombone) and have an instrument, please bring it to your audition and be prepared to play it too. Double the fun!
Learn more about the orchestras and their relative levels by clicking the bold text here: Youth Chamber Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
YCO meets from 2:00 to 3:30pm, YSO meets from 4 to 6pm, and YPO meets from 6:30 to 9pm, all in the band room at Fresno State. Rehearsals begin on Sunday September 4, 2016.
During the year we welcome interested young musicians to come visit a rehearsal on a Sunday at Fresno State in the band room (MUSIC BUILDING). Bring your instrument so you can sit in and find out whether it's for you.
- Solo: Two contrasting pieces of the applicant's choice or two contrasting movements from a sonata or a concerto, demonstrating the musical and technical abilities of the candidate. The works will be performed without accompaniment at the audition.
- Scales: As appropriate to applicant's instrument and level. Choose scales that show your playing to your optimum advantage. Scales should be played at a moderate tempo, with any desired articulation and bowing.
- PERCUSSIONISTS: BRING YOUR OWN STICKS/MALLETS! Updated for 2016-2017--here are the new excerpts: CLICK HERE FOR EXCERPTS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION. Questions? Email email@example.com.
- Auditions are a maximum of 10 minutes long—conductors will be able to hear only portions of what you have prepared.
- Applying: To arrange an audition, fill out and submit an application online. You may also apply by phone—just call (559) 275-6694. Leave a message stating name, instrument, phone number, email address, age, and grade in school. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. If you do not receive such an email, please call the office at (559) 275-6694 or cellphone (559) 512-6694.
- Scheduling: Candidates will be notified by EMAIL of their audition time. If you do not receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, please first check your spam folder, then call our office at (559) 275-6694 or email us at email@example.com.
- Location: YOOF Offices, 444 West Shaw Avenue, 93704. (Corner of Shaw and Maroa, next to The Orange Store) Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your assigned time so you can warm up. Parents/family members may wait in an adjoining area during the audition.
- Parking: Plentiful free parking is available on-site.
- Results: Candidates will be contacted via email before the first rehearsal in September. If accepted, players will be placed into one of our three orchestras with the goal of ensuring both a positive experience for each musician and the success of each ensemble.
- Fee: Applicants will be charged a $20 audition fee payable at the time of the audition. Checks should be made out to YOOF.
- Still have questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO OUR AUDITION APPLICATION FORM!
Programs offered by the Youth Orchestras of Fresno are designed to be supplemental to school music programs. Our orchestra members participate in their school music programs whenever those are offered, and are encouraged to take advantage of a wide range of school musical activities.
Sign up now for your audition. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR YOOF AUDITION APPLICATION FORM.
Audition expectations, YOOF orchestras
- Flutists should be able to play or be willing to learn to play piccolo. If you already play piccolo, please bring the instrument to your audition, and be prepared to play at least one piece of your choice.
- Oboists should play or be willing to learn to play English horn. If you already play English horn, please bring the instrument to the audition, and be prepared to play at least one piece of your choice.
- Clarinetists: let us know if you can play both B-flat and A clarinet. Both are often needed in orchestral music. We also hope some of you will be able to play or be willing to learn to play bass clarinet and, on occasion, E-flat clarinet.
- Bassoonists: let us know if you play or are willing to learn to play contrabassoon.
- Horn players should, for YPO, be able to transpose. Those aiming for YSO should begin learning to transpose.
- Trumpet players for YPO should be able to transpose. Those aiming for YSO should begin learning to transpose
- Trombone players for YPO should be able to read bass clef and tenor clef, and be willing to learn to read alto clef. Those aiming for YSO should be willing to learn new clefs.
- Percussionists must play or be willing to learn to play timpani, snare drums, cymbals, and mallet instruments.
Useful information about repertoire from a number of sources
Repertoire suggestions from Milton Young Musicians' Festival
This competition offers a breakdown into six levels.
A quick look suggests that their levels 1 and 2 roughly match what we expect of string players in our Youth Chamber Orchestra (YCO), their levels 3 and 4 roughly match what we expect of players in our Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO), and their levels 5 and 6 roughly match what we expect of players in ourYouth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO). We said roughly, because of course whatever music you play in your audition, our conductors will be observing how you play more than what you play, so anything can happen!
recap (rough equivalence)...
levels 1-2 = YCO
levels 3-4 = YSO
levels 5-6 = YPO
Violin rep lists from reputable pedagogues
A few additional lists that might be fun to check out...
- useful lists for string players: http://www.asta.net/certificateprogram.php
- useful list for flutists: http://www.jennifercluff.com/chart.htm
- useful for oboe players: http://www.oboes.com/oboerepertory.html
Keep us posted at email@example.com if you find more useful lists to share.