Auditions

Auditions for 2022 -23 Season


All students must audition once a year for placement in the orchestra most appropriate for their playing level.  The 2022-23 Season starts in the fall, so all students need to audition in August/Sept 2022 or January 2023.  

IN PERSON auditions will be held on Sunday, August 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 6 (note first day of school)  2022  in the afternoon at Emmaus Baptist Church in Northfield.  It is free and each audition will last about 10 minutes.   We encourage new students and those auditioning for a higher level orchestra to audition in person.  Alternatively, we will also allow students to send in a video recording.  Video recordings are due by Sept.6.  We prefer that you record or upload your video through Flipgrid.com with our special code if you are able.  We will email you the code.   Otherwise videos can be sent directly through email.  

Financial scholarships are available. Please ask if you haven’t yet received a Financial Scholarship Google Form.

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

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

2022-23 Season 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 (required),
    1 octave F major (optional, for 1st vln placement)
    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 B flat 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 B flat 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
    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