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Youth Orchestra Auditions

Musical Excellence

Congratulations on pursuing the Idaho Falls Symphony Youth Orchestra. The decision to audition brings you one step closer to the amazing opportunity we offer!

IFSYO/PSO Audition Information:

Youth Orchestra rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Preparatory String Orchestra rehearsals are 7:00-8:30pm, from September through December and January through April. Excellent attendance is expected.

There is a $75.00 annual tuition fee for new and returning members of the Youth Orchestra and Preparatory String Orchestra. This fee will be due upon acceptance; there is NO COST to audition for the Idaho Falls Youth Orchestra or Preparatory String Orchestra.

Current members of the Idaho Falls Symphony Youth Orchestras do not need to re-audition each season. However, move-up auditions into the IFSYO can be scheduled with the Education Coordinator with the recommendation of the PSO conductor.

Auditions for the 2022-23 Season will be held in the Spring of 2022. There is no cost to audition to be in the Idaho Falls Symphony Youth Orchestras.

NOTE: the approximate audition schedule is as follows. If you need accommodations based on scheduling, please contact educationmanager@ifsymphony.org.

Tuesday, May 31 - 6pm-9pm - Upper Strings

Wednesday, June 1- 6pm-9pm - Low Strings

Thursday, June 2 - 6pm-9pm - Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

  • Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to play in the Youth Orchestra.

  • Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to play in the Preparatory String Orchestra.

  • All levels are encouraged to audition.

  • Students are expected to be regular members of their school orchestra, band, or choir class. Our programs are meant to complement and enhance the music education students are receiving in their schools.

Audition Requirements

  • Be prepared to play the following scales (2 octaves required; 3 octaves expected for those auditioning for the Youth Orchestra):

    • VIOLINS:

      • G Major scale legato, choose to slur 4, 6 or 8 notes per bow (3 octave scale for Youth Orchestra auditions; 2 octave for Preparatory String Orchestra auditions)

      • A MELODIC minor spiccato 4 16ths per pitch (3 octave scale for Youth Orchestra auditions; 2 octave for Preparatory String Orchestra auditions)

    • VIOLAS & CELLOS

      • C Major scale legato, choose to slur 4, 6 or 8 notes per bow (3 octave scale for Youth Orchestra auditions; 2 octave for Preparatory String Orchestra auditions)

      • D MELODIC minor spiccato 4 16ths per pitch (3 octave scale for Youth Orchestra auditions; 2 octave for Preparatory String Orchestra auditions)

    • BASS

      • G Major and D Major scale, choose to slur 4, 6 or 8 notes per bow (3 octave scale for Youth Orchestra auditions; 2 octave for Preparatory String Orchestra auditions)

    One scale should be slurred, 2, 4, 6, or 8 notes per bow. The other should be played spiccato, 4 bow repetitions per pitch (16th notes) at your own comfortable speed. Scales must be played from memory.

  • An excerpt from two contrasting movements (one fast, one slow, etc.) from a piece that best shows your ability.

  • NEW: Short Sight Reading example for your Instrument. NOTE: Orchestra excerpts will be saved for seating auditions during the semester.

  • Be prepared to play the following scales:

    • F major scale (at least two octaves preferred)

    • D major scale (at least two octaves preferred)

  • Be prepared to play a chromatic scale (brass - one octave, woodwinds - two or three). You may choose your starting pitch. This must be played from memory.

  • An excerpt from two contrasting movements (one fast, one slow, etc.) from a piece that best shows your ability.

  • NEW: Short Sight Reading example for your Instrument. NOTE: Orchestra excerpts will be saved for seating auditions during the semester.

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