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The Cannon Valley Youth Orchestra has served young string musicians from Northfield MN and surrounding communities for more than twenty years.

Please join us for our Fall 2017 season!

To sign up for an audition and/or get more information, email us at info@cvyomn.org

Orchestras

CVYO has three string orchestras:

  • Haydn (average 1-3 years of playing experience)
  • Mozart (average 3-5 years of playing experience)
  • Bach (average 3-5 years of playing experience)

Students must audition annually and are placed by ability.

We have two 10 week sessions each year, starting in early September and late January. Rehearsals and concerts are held at Emmaus Baptist Church in Northfield, MN.

All three orchestras rehearse on Tuesdays.

Haydn meets from 4:30-5:30pm.

Mozart meets from 5:45-6:45pm.

Bach meets from 7-8:00pm.

Each session wraps up in a final concert.

Auditions are free. Tuition for each 10 week session is $120. Financial scholarships are available. (Click here to download the tuition-waiver form.)

To sign up for an audition and/or get more information, please email us at info@cvyomn.org

 

Auditions

Students must audition once a year for placement.

Auditions are held just prior to each session and immediately following the second session in the spring.

Auditions are free. Tuition for each 10 week session is $120. Financial scholarships are available. (Click here to download the tuition-waiver form.)

To sign up for an audition and/or get more information, please email us at info@cvyomn.org

Each audition lasts 10 minutes.

General Playing Level Expectations

Haydn Orchestra (average 1-3 years of playing experience)

  • Understand the concept of sharp and natural
  • Play with low second fingers as well as low first on the E string
  • Cellos shift into IV position
  • Basses shift into III position
  • Playing Essential Elements 1, end of Suzuki book 1, or above

Mozart Orchestra: (average 3-5 years of playing experience)

  • Previous ensemble or orchestra experience
  • Understand the concept of the sharp, natural and flat
  • Violins beginning or proficient in 3rd position
  • Cellos shift into II, III and IV positions
  • Basses play in 1st through 5th positions
  • Violins playing Suzuki book 3, Essential Elements book 3, or above
  • Starting or proficient in vibrato

Bach Orchestra: (average 5+ years of playing experience)

  • Previous orchestra experience
  • Shift into any position on instrument (violins and violas need to be comfortable in 5th position)
  • Violins playing end of Suzuki book V and beyond, or comparable literature
  • Proficient in vibrato

Audition Performance Requirements

Students will play:

  1. a prepared short solo of your choosing
  2. 1-2 scales:
    Haydn Mozart Bach
    Violin scale:
    2 octave G major
    scales:
    2 octave D major,
    1 octave E melodic minor
    scales:
    3 octave G major,
    2 octave E melodic minor
    Viola scale:
    2 octave C major
    scales:
    2 octave G major,
    1 octave A melodic minor
    scales:
    3 octave C major,
    2 octave A melodic minor
    Cello scale:
    2 octave C major
    scales:
    2 octave G major,
    1 octave A melodic minor
    scales:
    3 octave C major,
    2 octave A melodic minor
    Bass scale:
    1 octave D major
    scale:
    2 octave G major
    scales:
    3 octave G major,
    2 octave A melodic minor
  3. a prepared excerpt (Click the link for your instrument to view and print the excerpt.)
    VIOLIN
    VIOLA
    CELLO
    STRING BASS
  4. sight-reading for students who are new or auditioning up an orchestra