Auditions are required for all new and returning members of the RYO (students in grades 6-12).
The newly launched Rowan Youth String Orchestra (grades 4-7) does not require an audition. Students will be asked to meet with the music director in advance of the first rehearsal. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in joining that ensemble.
Read the audition information below, then sign-up for an audition at the following link:
Please follow the directions on the poll carefully. We will use the contact information you provide to get in touch if a change needs to be made to your audition time.
Auditions will be held in Room 156, Wilson Hall, on the campus of Rowan University unless otherwise indicated. Bring a filled out registration form to your audition.
Please read the audition information carefully so that you are prepared.
What should I prepare?
Your audition will consist of three parts:
1) A solo piece of your choosing that you feel comfortable playing. The piece should demonstrate the full range of your technique and musicality. If possible, choose two contrasting excerpts. Maximum 3 minutes.
Percussion: Solo on the instruments of your choice
2) Scales. You will be asked to play a scale or scales of your choosing (minimum 1). You may prepare one of the following scales, or choose another:
Violin: Major scales G, A, Bb, C in 2 or 3 octaves; D, Eb, F in 2 or 3 octaves.
Viola/Cello: Major scales C, C, Eb, F in 2 octaves; G, A, Bb in 2 or 3 octaves.
String Bass: Major scales F, G, A in 2 octaves; Bb, C, D, Eb in one or 3 octaves.
Woodwinds & Brass: Major scales G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb, E, F in two octaves; Bb, C, D, Eb in one or two octaves.
3) Sight reading. You will be asked to sight read a brief passage of music. The best way to prepare is to practice sight reading at home. Choose a piece of music from a method book or orchestra that you have not played before. Sit down with a metronome and play through a passage without stopping. HINT: It is better to take a slow tempo that is comfortable, rather than a fast tempo that will cause you to stop.
Why an audition?
While most people wouldn't call auditions fun, they are a very valuable experience for the auditioning student and music director. We audition all prospective and returning members for three reasons:
1) So that you and the music director can meet one on one. In the full orchestra, this is often not possible. By knowing each student as a person as well as a player, he can create the most rewarding orchestral experience possible.
2) To train students on how to take auditions. Do you get nervous when you audition? There is only one way to practice getting over that nervousness, and that is to take auditions. Our supportive audition environment teaches students how to audition, which they can apply in future try-outs and job interviews.
3) For seating. In order to best organize the orchestra, our music director needs to hear each player individually.
Things to know:
- You will not need to bring a stand.
- Percussion, timpani, and a piano will be available in the audition room.