Audition Requirements

All orchestral instrument musicians, ages 22 and under, are invited to audition for one of our orchestras. The non-refundable audition fee is $25. If you are accepted to an orchestra, there is a season membership fee to participate.

In your audition, you will be asked to play the following requirements, plus the orchestral excerpts below (feel free to download and print them) applicable to your instrument and orchestra. If the excerpt contains brackets, you need only play the music between the brackets; otherwise, please prepare the entire excerpt. If you have any questions call us at (407) 257-8886 or send an email to fyao@fyao.org. For more information on the audition process, click here. The excerpts are available in PDF format and you must have Adobe Reader or equivalent software on your computer. If you need to download Adobe Reader, click here Special Note for pianists:  You should be prepared to play both excerpts.  Special Note for Piccolo: You must play both the Piccolo and Flute excerpts.  Note also that the Camerata is typically a strings-only ensemble, and admission to Camerata is by invitation only.

Sinfonia Audition:

  • Violins: Play G, A and Bb major scales two octaves, and D major scale one or two octaves, at quarter note =72
  • Violas and Cello: Play C and D major scales two octaves, and G major scale one octave, at quarter note =72
  • Play a short unaccompanied piece of your choice that best demonstrates your current playing ability, at Suzuki level book 2 or 3, or equivalent difficulty
  • Note: there is no additional “required” piece to play for Sinfonia auditions

Philharmonic Audition:

  • Play all major scales and arpeggios through four flats and four sharps, two octaves (one octave for string basses) at quarter note =92
  • Play the FYAO required excerpt applicable to your instrument (see below)
  • Play a 2-3 minute unaccompanied piece of your choice that best demonstrates your current playing ability

Symphony/Camerata Audition:

  • Play all major scales and arpeggios, three octaves (two octaves for string basses) at quarter note =92
  • Play the FYAO required excerpt applicable to your instrument (see below)
  • Play a 2-3 minute unaccompanied piece of your choice that best demonstrates your current playing ability

Percussion Audition (Symphony and Philharmonic Only):

  • Play all major scales and arpeggios on a mallet instrument through two flats and two sharps, one octave at quarter note =92
  • Demonstrate timpani tuning to perfect fourth and perfect fifth
  • Demonstrate ability to play all stick rudiments
  • Play the FYAO required excerpts for all percussion instruments – Percussion, timpani, glockenspiel, cymbals, snare drum and xylophone (see below).
  • Play a 2-3 minute unaccompanied piece of your choice that best demonstrates your current playing ability

Download: FYAO Membership Application Here

Audition Music for Download:

Orchestra:

Instrument:

Philharmonic Download: Violin
Philharmonic Download: Viola
Philharmonic Download: Cello
Philharmonic Download: String Bass
Symphony/Camerata Download: Violin
Symphony/Camerata Download: Viola
Symphony/Camerata Download: Cello
Symphony/Camerata Download: String Bass
Symphony Download: Flute
Symphony Download: Piccolo
Symphony Download: Oboe
Symphony Download: Clarinet
Symphony Download: Bassoon
Symphony Download: French Horn
Symphony Download: Trumpet
Symphony Download: Trombone
Symphony Download: Tuba
Symphony Download: Piano #1
Symphony Download: Piano #2
Symphony/Philharmonic Download: Timpani
Symphony/Philharmonic Download: Glockenspiel
Symphony/Philharmonic Download: Cymbals
Symphony/Philharmonic Download: Snare Drum
Symphony/Philharmonic Download: Xylophone