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TCSYO 2022-2023 AUDITIONS

 

TCSYO has extended the 22/23 registration deadline.

To Apply to a TCSYO Orchestra - Please complete these steps:
  1. Complete Audition Application online and submit $45 audition fee through Pay Pal.
  2. Email admin@tcsyo.org for an audition time.
  3. Review and prepare all audition requirements. Specific repertoire for each Orchestra/instrument can be found in the section below. It is recommended that you review the repertoire requirements with your private teacher.
POSECOSOPercFrequently Asked Questions

Prelude Orchestra

Conducted by Mr. Austin Isaac
String Orchestra, VBODA Level 1-2
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm at Katherine Johnson Middle School

Prelude Orchestra is an entry-level string orchestra offers the chance to enjoy making music with other young musicians from throughout area. The group includes a full complement of string instruments playing independent parts. Designed for students who have had limited orchestral experience and who are working on mastering their reading ability. Students should be comfortable playing in first position the keys of G and D. This ensemble builds solid, fundamental rhythmic and orchestral skills including improved sight-reading abilities. Students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area

PO Audition Requirements

Scale requirement

Violin & Viola- one major and one minor scale of your choice, one octave
Cello - one major and one minor scale of your choice, one octave
Bass - one major and one minor scale of your choice, one octave

Solo requirement

A solo of your choice. This solo should be representative of your overall musical and technical ability. Solos should be 2 to 3 minutes minutes in length only. No accompanists, please.
Suggested Material: Suzuki Books 1 & 2.



String Ensemble

Conducted by: Mrs. Diana Chou
String Orchestra, VBODA Level 3-4
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm, Katherine Johnson Middle School

String Ensemble is open to students who have had at least three years of private instruction on their instrument and play at Grade Level III and above. Musicians in String Ensemble develop a higher level of stylistic refinement and expressive detail, while playing a wide variety of repertoire in a nurturing and fun environment. Designed for students who have had some orchestral experience. All students should have basic note-reading skills, including the ability to identify pitch names and play various rhythms. Students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area. The String Ensemble will focus on ensemble playing, technical instruction and preparation for future work in Chamber Orchestra.

SE Audition Requirements

Scale requirement

Violin & Viola- one major and one minor scale of your choice, two octaves
Cello - one major and one minor scale of your choice, two octaves
Bass - one major and one minor scale of your choice, one octave

Solo requirement

One prepared piece demonstrating current technical level. Solos should be 2 to 3 minutes in length only. No accompanists, please. Selected piece should be equivalent to Suzuki Book 3 or higher and should be well-played, polished and at appropriate tempo.

Excerpt HERE



Chamber Orchestra 

Conducted by Mrs. Diana Chou
String Orchestra, VBODA Level 5-6
Rehearsals: Mondays 7:00-9:00pm, Katherine Johnson Middle School

Chamber Orchestra is designed for advanced string students with 4 or more years of experience. This string orchestra focuses on cross-listening between sections, blend and balance, expressing various styles of music, and pursuing detailed, mature music making. Musicians are introduced to a variety of bowing techniques and historical styles, while also developing more advanced control of rubato, phrasing and expression. Students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area. The Chamber Orchestra will also focus on preparation for future work with TCSYO' Symphonic Orchestra.

CO Audition Requirements

Scale requirement

Violin & Viola- One Major and One Minor scale up to three sharps and flats, three octaves
Cello - One Major and One Minor scale up to three sharps and flats, three octaves
Bass - One Major and One Minor scale up to three sharps and flats two octaves

Solo requirement

One prepared piece, include a slow section and a fast section, preferably from a sonata or concerto movement. Selected pieces should be be well-played, polished and at appropriate tempo. Solos should be 3 to 4 minutes in length only. No accompanists, please.

Excerpt HERE

 

Symphonic Orchestra

Conducted by Mrs. Anne Rupert
Full Orchestra, VBODA Level 6+
Rehearsals: Monday 7:00-9:30pm at Katherine Johnson Middle School

TCSYO’s most advanced orchestra is comprised of the very best young musicians in the Washington, DC area. Members of the Symphonic Orchestra show strong musicality and advanced technicality, and are capable of the discipline necessary to perform at the highest level. This ensemble is dedicated to performing the finest works in the full symphonic repertoire. Students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area. Weekly rehearsals during the school year are carried out under professional standards. Members are expected to take private lessons and maintain leadership responsibilities in their school ensembles. Learning professional responsibility is an important part of the TCSYO’s program for musical excellence. Members are required to prepare, to arrive promptly, and to attend all rehearsals.

Percussion Ensemble

Directed by Mr. Jacob Harpster

Percussion Ensemble is an advanced training program providing young percussionists a clear path to follow as they develop their ensemble skills under the supervision of Director of Percussion, Mr. Jacob Harpster. In addition to being members of the Symphonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble members will learn unique playing styles and experience a variety of instruments- both traditional and nontraditional. Musicians learn how to communicate with other musicians in a chamber ensemble setting, and have a unique opportunity to perform more difficult music with other advanced percussionists.

 

SO Audition Requirements

Scale requirement
One Major and One Minor scale up to four sharps and flats. (Please refer to your specific instrument audition requirements on the excerpt sheet)

Strings: One prepared piece, include a slow section and a fast section, preferably from a sonata or concerto movement. Selected piece should be from the Classical era or later and be well-played, polished and at the appropriate tempo. All-State and region etudes may not be used.

Woodwinds & Brass: Two prepared pieces, one slow and one fast, preferably an etude, sonata or concerto movement. All-State and region etudes may not be used.

Percussion Ensemble: (Please refer to all the requirements on the excerpt sheet)
2. Solo or Etude on Snare Drum (approximately 2 minutes)
3. Two scales of your choice (major and/or minor, demonstrating your current technical ability)
4. Solo or Etude on Marimba or Xylophone (approximately 2 minutes)

Excerpts: HERE

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I’m a current member? Do I have to audition?

All current members are required to re-audition each year. Please note that current orchestra assignment level is not guaranteed.

  • How do I know which orchestra I should audition for?

Refer to the orchestra descriptions and required skills and consult with your private lesson teacher to determine the orchestra that best suits your skill level.

  • What if I don’t make it into the orchestra I audition for, will I be considered for the next level orchestra down?

Musicians are ranked by their audition score. If they do not place in the orchestra they auditioned for, they may be offered a position in one orchestra lower. For example, if you audition for Symphonic Orchestra, you could be offered a position in Chamber Orchestra. It is best to audition for the orchestra that best matches your ability – do not over-reach.

  • What should I wear for my audition?

Please dress appropriately. Remember that how you present yourself is the first impression you give to the judge.

  • Do I need to memorize my music?

Memorization is not required unless specified in the audition requirements.

  • Do I need an accompanist for the audition?

No. Piano accompaniment is not permitted.

  • How much do scales or sight reading count on my audition score?

Auditions are made up of several components, and each one is an important part of your audition. In general, the different audition components are weighted as follows:
Scales – 20%
Prepared Excerpt – 25%
Prepared Repertoire (your selection/s) – 40%
Sight Reading
– 15%

  • What are the judges looking for in an audition?

Audition adjudicators are assessing/scoring on such factors as rhythm, intonation, musicality, tone and technique.

  • Why can’t I use my All-State or Region etude as one of my audition pieces?

With so many different levels of students applying for TCSYO orchestras, our goal is for students to prepare music specifically for the audition. Since all high schools use a state mandated etude released each year in May, TCSYO includes this restriction to reinforce our intention that we do not want students to recycle an etude that they may have worked on for over 6 months. This concept applies to middle school students and the etudes that are used in your region. As far as other etudes are concerned, the musician and teacher have to make the best decision on what audition music best suits each student for the orchestra level they are auditioning.

    Please contact the office if you have further questions. (703) 638-9328
 
 
 
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