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String Audition Requirements:

Lakeland Youth Symphony will never turn anyone away based on audition. With our four levels of orchestras, we seek to provide a challenging and educational experience for all. Please review the orchestra program descriptions to find which ensemble would be best for your student.

Audition Requirements:

Please select group below to see scales, solos, and excerpts required for audition.

Lakeland Strings (Beginner)

Scales:

Violin: G – 2 octaves; D, C – 1 octave
Viola: C – 2 octaves; G, D – 1 octave
Cello: C – 2 octaves; G, D, – 1 octave
Double Bass: G, D, C – 1 octave

Scale Downloads:

Solo Piece:

Level – Middle of Suzuki Book 1

Examples: Bach – Minuet 1, 2 or 3;  The Happy Farmer OR a piece of that level.

Sight-Reading:

Yes, a short excerpt

Prepared Excerpt:

No

Youth Ensemble (Intermediate)

Scales: 

Violin: C, D – 2 octaves; F- 1 octave
Viola: G – 2 octaves; D, F- 1 octave
Cello: G, D – 2 octaves; F – 1 octave
Double Bass: G, D, C – 1 octave

Scale Downloads:

Solo Piece:

Level at least equivalent to middle of Suzuki Book 2 and beyond. 
Beginning to shift into third position for violin and viola is desirable but not necessary, 4th pos. for cello preferred

Examples: Schumann, The Two Grenadiers; Boccherini, Minuet; Dvorak, Humoresque OR a piece of that level.

Sight-Reading:

Yes, a short excerpt

Prepared Excerpt:

No

Lakeland Philharmonia (Intermediate)

Scales:

Violin: G – 3 octaves; B flat, D, F – 2 octaves
Viola: B flat E flat, G – 2 octaves, C – 3 octaves
Cello: D, B flat, E flat – 2 octaves
Double Bass: F, G – 2 octaves; Bb – 1 octave

Solo Piece:

Two contrasting movements or sections of solo repertoire. These pieces demonstrate ability to play at fast and slow tempi in upper positions with rhythmic accuracy and good intonation.

Example:

Fast piece: Suzuki Book 4, Vivaldi A minor 3rd movement, m.99- downbeat of m.115

Slow piece: Suzuki Book 3, Dvorak Humoresque, m.25-m.40 in third position as fingered in the book

Sight-Reading:

Yes, a short excerpt

Prepared Excerpt:

Prospective LP Member Excerpt

Current LP Member Excerpt

Symphony Orchestra (Advanced)

Scales:

  • Violin, Viola, Cello: 3 octaves where possible up to 4 sharps/flats
  • Double Bass: G – 2 octaves; A – 1 octave;  f minor -2 octaves

Solo Piece:

Two contrasting sections of solo repertoire. These pieces demonstrate ability to play at fast and slow tempi in upper positions with rhythmic accuracy and good intonation. These two sections can be from the same concerto if they have significant contrast.

Suggestions: Region solos, solos from and the level of Suzuki Volume 5

Sight-Reading:

Yes, a short excerpt

Prepared Excerpt:

None