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 for Haydn, $130 for Mozart, and $140 for Bach.  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+ 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+ 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 scales:
    2 octave G major,
    1 octave F major
    scales:
    2 octave D major,
    1 octave E melodic minor
    scales:
    3 octave G major,
    2 octave E melodic minor
    Viola scales:
    2 octave C major,
    1 octave F major
    scales:
    2 octave G major,
    1 octave A melodic minor
    scales:
    3 octave C major,
    2 octave A melodic minor
    Cello scales:
    2 octave C major,
    1 octave F major
    scales:
    2 octave G major,
    1 octave A melodic minor
    scales:
    3 octave C major,
    2 octave A melodic minor
    Bass scales:
    1 octave D major,
    1 octave F major
    scale:
    2 octave G major
    scales:
    2 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 – Haydn and Mozart Orchestras
    VIOLIN – Bach Orchestra
    VIOLA – Haydn and Mozart Orchestras
    VIOLA – Bach Orchestra
    CELLO – Haydn and Mozart Orchestras
    CELLO – Bach Orchestra
    STRING BASS – Haydn and Mozart Orchestras
    STRING BASS – Bach Orchestra
  4. sight-reading