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Audition to Join The Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra

Please fill in and submit the form below to apply to audition for all ASYO ensembles.

Audition Requirements and excerpts are listed below the audition registration form.

Spring 2019 Audition Dates

Winds and Brass: Thursday and Friday, May 16-17
Strings: Thursday-Sunday, May 16-19
Percussion: Thursday, May 16 (6:00-7:30 p.m.)

Tuition

Prelude $300
Chamber $350
Philharmonia $400
Youth Orchestra $500

Tuition for all ASYO ensembles can be paid either at the beginning of the school year or in installments throughout the year after each student is accepted into the program. Students are additionally responsible for supporting the concerts by selling a set number of tickets for each performance. Checks should be made payable to the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra. The ASYO is committed to ensuring that all musicians who successfully audition for membership in the ASYO program are able to participate, regardless of financial considerations. To that end, we offer tuition waivers, reductions or special payment plans to families who demonstrate financial need.

Questions?

Contact ASYO General Manager Brian Garland at bjgarland@ashevillesymphony.org or (828) 771-4718.

2019 Audition Application

Please fill in and submit this form to register to audition for all ASYO ensembles.
For students under 18 years of age: A parent or legal guardian may complete the form on a student’s behalf or the student may complete the form with the permission and supervision of a parent or legal guardian.

Spring 2019 Audition Dates

Winds and Brass: Thursday and Friday, May 16-17
Strings: Thursday-Sunday, May 16-19
Percussion: Thursday, May 16 (6:00-7:30 p.m.)

Note: After your application is submitted, you will be contacted by an ASYO staff member to schedule your specific audition date and time.

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  • Please describe below your performance history including experience in other youth ensembles, state or honor ensembles, music camps and music honors or awards you have received.
  • Student Contact Information

  • Parent/Guardian Contact Information

  • Private Teacher's Contact Information (if applicable)

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2019 Audition Excerpts & Requirements

Click on your instrument’s PDF to download the excerpt choices.

Violin Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare one of the excerpts below.
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Meyer: Kabuki Dance (m.39-61)
3/4 Time – Play at a comfortable tempo

Tchaikovsky/Dackow: Finale from Symphony No. 2 (D to end of Page 1)
2/4 Time – Suggested Tempo: Quarter Note = 120

Violin 1 – Dvorak: Symphony No 8 Movement I (B to end of page)
4/4 Time – Suggested Tempo: Quarter Note = 126

Violin 2 – Dvorak: Symphony No 8 Movement I (B to end of page)
4/4 Time – Suggested Tempo: Quarter Note = 126

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Viola Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare one of the excerpts below.
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Meyer: Kabuki Dance (m.19-37)
3/4 Time – Play at a comfortable tempo

Phillips: Fantasia on an Original Theme(m.26-38)
4/4 Time – Suggested Tempo: Quarter Note = 112

Schubert: Symphony No 8 Movement I (m.73-104)
3/4 Time – Suggested Tempo = 132

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Cello Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare one of the excerpts below.
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Meyer: Kabuki Dance (m.19-37)
3/4 Time – Play at a comfortable tempo

Phillips: Fantasia on an Original Theme(m.26-38)
4/4 Time – Suggested Tempo: Quarter Note = 112

Beethoven: Symphony No 1 Movement 1(m.69-100)
Cut time – Suggested Tempo – Half Note = 88

Download Cello Excerpts

 

Bass Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare one of the excerpts below.
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Meyer: Kabuki Dance (m.19-37)
3/4 Time – Bass Clef –  Play at a comfortable tempo

Tchaikovsky/Dackow: Finale from Symphony No. 2 (D to F)
2/4 Time – Suggested Tempo: Quarter Note = 120

Beethoven: Symphony No 1 Movement 1(m.69-100)
Cut time – Suggested Tempo – Half Note = 88

Download Bass Excerpts

 

Flute Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare both of the excerpts below. If you would like to audition for piccolo please prepare the piccolo excerpt as well.
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Dvorak: Symphony No 4 Movement IV (D-E with repeats)
Suggested Tempo – Dotted Quarter = 60

Bizet: Carmen Prelude to Act 3 (Beginning to m.23)
Suggested Tempo – Quarter = 80

Optional Piccolo
Berlioz: Damnation of Faust “Minuet des follets” (P-Q)|
Suggested Tempo – Half note = 135

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Oboe Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare both of the excerpts below.
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra Movement II (m.25-44)
Suggested Tempo – Quarter Note = 96

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 Movement II (beginning – m.21)
Suggested Tempo – Quarter Note = 66 with appropriate rubato

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Clarinet Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare both of the excerpts below.
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 Movement I (2 before K – End)
Suggested Tempo – Quarter Note = 100

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer’s Night Dream Scherzo (Beginning – B)
Suggested Tempo – Dotted Quarter Note = 96

Download Clarinet Excerpts

 

Bassoon Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare EITHER excerpt 1 or BOTH excerpts 2 and 3 of the excerpts below.
    1. (Difficulty of excepts will be a consideration of orchestra placement)
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Tchaikovsky/Meyer: Romeo and Juliet (m.29-end of first ending)
Suggested Tempo – Quarter Note = 130

Mozart: Overture to Le nozze de Figaro (m101-123)
Suggested Tempo – COMING SOON

Mozart: Overture to Le nozze de Figaro (m139-171)
Suggested Tempo – COMING SOON

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Horn Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare EITHER excerpt 1 or BOTH excerpts 2 and 3 of the excerpts below.
    1. (Difficulty of excepts will be a consideration of orchestra placement)
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Wagner/Dackow – Overture to Rienzi (H to J)
Suggested Tempo – Half Note = 106

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition – Promenade
Suggested Tempo – COMING SOON

Strauss – Don Juan (17 before O – P)
Suggested Tempo – COMING SOON

Download Horn Excerpts

Trumpet Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare both of the excerpts below.
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition – Opening Promenade (Beginning to 2)
Suggested Tempo – COMING SOON

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (Offstage solo)
Suggested Tempo – COMING SOON

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Trombone Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare EITHER excerpt 1 or BOTH excerpts 2 and 3 of the excerpts below.
    1. (Difficulty of excepts will be a consideration of orchestra placement)
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Wagner/Dackow – Overture to Rienzi (H to J)
Suggested Tempo – Half Note = 106

Wagner: Ride of Valkyries Third Act (5-6)
Suggested Tempo – Quarter note = 70

Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 – (Q-R)
Suggested Tempo – Quarter Note = 60

Download Trombone Excerpts

 

Tuba Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare both of the excerpts below.
  2. A prepared solo – for longer solos please cut to 2-3 minutes. If you have not studied solo repertoire, a school orchestra or band piece would be acceptable.
  3. A short sight-reading selection.

Wagner: Ride of Valkyries Third Act (4 m. after 10 – 12)
Suggested Tempo – Quarter note = 70

Mahler: Symphony No 1 Movement III(m.15-35)
Suggested Tempo – Quarter note = 70

Download Tuba Excerpts

Percussion
Percussion auditions will take place on Thursday, May 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Mars Hill University.