Auditions

FALL 2020 audition videos are due by AUGUST 25.

Students, please submit a video to include specific scales and a 1 minute solo of choice via ​Flipgrid a​pp ​by midnight AUGUST 25.  Contact us at info@cvyomn.org for more information.

Violins ​- prepare 2 scales and solo:
1. G major scale, either 2 or 3 octaves
2. 1 octave F major or 2 octave D major

Violas and cellos​ – prepare 2 scales and solo:

1. C major, either 2 or 3 octaves

2. 1 octave F major or 2 octave G major

Bass:​ 1 scale and solo:
1. 1 octave D or 2 octave G

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.  They are free and last 10 minutes.  Under normal circumstances, tuition for each 10 week session is $120 for Haydn, $130 for Mozart, and $140 for Bach.  But Fall 2020 will be different programming and tuition costs.

Financial scholarships are available. Tuitionwaiver form here

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

2019-20 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,
    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