Audition Requirements

Musicians ages 6 to 18 are invited to make an audition appointment with GSYO. Individual audition appointments are made year-round, based upon openings in the program. Candidates must study with a private teacher, and have had at least one year of lessons to be considered for placement.

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Requirements At A Glance

Explore the tabs above for detailed requirements of each Program

 Senior SymphonySinfonietta OrchestraWind OrchestraGalbraith Honor StringsCamerata OrchestraChamber Players Orchestra
Type of OrchestraFullFullWind and Percussion Instruments OnlyString Instruments OnlyFullFull
     Strings
     Winds/Brass
     Percussion
Skill LevelMost AdvancedAdvancedIntermediateIntermediateBeginning-IntermediateBeginning
# of Concerts per Year4+43322
Commitment LevelVery HighHighModerate-HighModerate-HighModerate-HighModerate
Practice DaysSundayTuesdayTuesdayMondayMondayMonday
Years of Private Lessons4+4+3-4+3-4+2-31+
Audition ExpectationsPrevious ensemble experience. Prepared solo and/or étude. Sight-reading.
       StringsPrepared solo showing position work with fast and slow sections. No specific piece required. Three-octave major scale, slurred, and related arpeggios of your choice, slow to fast tempos.
       Winds/BrassChromatic scale for the complete range of your instrument. All major scales memorized, minor scales are bonus points. Prepared solo and étude with contrasting styles and tempos.
       PercussionSolo or étude on two of the following: Timpani, Snare Drum, Xylophone
       HarpThree-octave scale. Prepared solo and etude of your choice with contrasting styles/tempos. The cadenza from Tchaikovsky Swan Lake. A harp is not provided for auditions; please plan to bring your own instrument.
Current Instrument Openings*Bassoon, Double Bass, Viola
Type of Orchestra
Full
# of Concerts a Year
4+
Commitment Level
Very High
Practice Schedule
Sunday | 3:00-6:00pm UPC, Los Altos
Skill Level
Most Advanced
Years of Private Lessons
4+
Audition ExpectationsPrevious ensemble experience. Prepared solo and/or étude. Sight-reading.
       StringsPrepared solo showing position work with fast and slow sections. No specific piece required. Three-octave major scale, slurred, and related arpeggios of your choice, slow to fast tempos.
       Winds/BrassChromatic scale for the complete range of your instrument. All major scales memorized, minor scales are bonus points. Prepared solo and étude with contrasting styles and tempos.
       PercussionN/A
Current Instrument Openings*Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, French Horn, Viola, Violin
Type of Orchestra
Full
# of Concerts a Year
4
Commitment Level
High
Practice Schedule
Tuesday | 6:00-8:45pm Fletcher Middle School, Palo Alto
Skill Level
Advanced
Years of Private Lessons
4+
Audition ExpectationsPrevious ensemble experience. Prepared solo étude of contrasting styles and tempos. All major scales memorized, minor scales are bonus points. Chromatic scale for the complete range of your instrument memorized. Sight reading.
       StringsN/A
       Winds/BrassPrevious ensemble experience. Prepared solo étude of contrasting styles and tempos. All major scales memorized, minor scales are bonus points. Chromatic scale for the complete range of your instrument memorized. Sight reading.
       PercussionSolo or étude on two of the following: Timpani, Snare Drum, Xylophone
Current Instrument Openings*Clarinet, Saxophone, Trombone, Percussion
Type of Orchestra
Wind and Percussion Instruments Only
# of Concerts a Year
3
Commitment Level
Moderate-High
Practice Schedule
Tuesday | 6:15-8:15pm Fletcher Middle School, Palo Alto
Skill Level
Intermediate
Years of Private Lessons
3-4+
Audition ExpectationsPrevious ensemble experience. Prepared solo or étude of contrasting styles and tempos. Three-octave major scale, slurred (three to twelve notes per bow) with related arpeggios. Sight-reading.
       StringsSee above.
       WindsN/A
       PercussionN/A
Current Instrument Openings*Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Violin
Type of Orchestra
String Instruments Only
# of Concerts a Year
3
Commitment Level
Moderate-High
Practice Schedule
Monday | 6:00-8:00pm Fletcher Middle School, Palo Alto
Skill Level
Intermediate
Years of Private Lessons
3-4+
Audition ExpectationsPrevious ensemble experience preferred. Prepared solo or étude. Sight-reading.
       StringsViolin: 2 or 3-octave A major scale with related arpeggio. Viola/Cello:  2 or 3-octave D major scale with related arpeggio. Double Bass: 2 or 3-octave scale of your choice with related arpeggio.
       Winds/BrassPrepared major scale through 4 sharps and 4 flats memorized. Chromatic scale for the complete range of your instrument memorized.
       PercussionMay audition on one or more of the following: Timpani, Snare Drum, Mallet Skills (Bells and Xylophone)
Current Instrument Openings*All Brass, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Oboe, Viola, Violin
Type of Orchestra
Full
# of Concerts a Year
2
Commitment Level
Moderate-High
Practice Schedule
Monday | 6:30-8:30pm Fletcher Middle School, Palo Alto
Skill Level
Beginning-Intermediate
Years of Private Lessons
2-3
Audition ExpectationsPrepared solo or étude. Sight-reading.
       StringsViolin: one or two-octave A major scale with related arpeggio. Viola/Cello: one or two-octave D major scale with related arpeggio. Double Bass: one or two-octave scale of your choice with related arpeggio.
       Winds/Brassone octave major scale.
       PercussionMay audition on one or more of the following: Timpani, Snare Drum, Mallet Skills (Bells and Xylophone)
Current Instrument Openings*All Brass, Bassoon, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, Viola
Type of Orchestra
Full
# of Concerts a Year
2
Commitment Level
Moderate
Practice Schedule
Monday | 4:30-6:15pm Fletcher Middle School, Palo Alto
Skill Level
Beginning
Years of Private Lessons
1+

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