Auditions

GGP Youth Orchestra First String

All new and returning students must audition (except for beginning students entering the Cadet Orchestra).  Each audition lasts about five minutes.  Students are asked to sight read, play scales as described below, and play part of a prepared piece, preferably a solo prepared with their private teacher that demonstrates their playing ability. 

Auditions and rehearsals take place for strings at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA – 555 Portola Dr.), and all non-string players at SF High School of the Arts (HSA – 1970 Page St.).  Violin and non-string player auditions are scheduled for September 3, 2019.  Violas, Cellos and String Bass auditions take place on September 10.  Please note that only students who have completed and paid their registration fee will be allowed to audition.  For students applying mid-season, auditions are scheduled at time of registration. 

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Conductors and artistic faculty judge all auditions to determine both ensemble placement and seating within the Symphonic Winds, Junior, Senior and Camerata Orchestras.  Please note that initial seating assignments may be adjusted during the season to maintain appropriate placement for each child’s skill level and his/her developmental needs.

Symphonic Winds Auditions Consist of Three Parts
(all instruments other than violin, viola, cello, string bass) 

  1.  You will be asked to play a prepared solo
  2.  Play a one or two-octave major scale of your choice. Option: play additional minor scale.
  3. Sight-reading (determined by the faculty)

Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass Auditions Consist of Three Parts

Junior Orchestra Minimum Proficiency:

  1.  You will be asked to play your prepared solo
  2.  Play a single one or two octave scale of the student’s choice
  3.  Sight-reading (determined by the faculty) appropriate to the Junior Orchestra level 

Senior Orchestra Minimum Proficiency:

1. You will be asked to play a prepared solo
2.  Prepare two scales of the student’s choice – one major and one minor (melodic or harmonic). In most cases, faculty will ask the student to perform only one of the scales chosen:
         – Violin/Viola/Cello:  two or three octaves
         – Bass:  two octaves
3.  Sight-reading (determined by the faculty) appropriate to the Senior Orchestra level

Camerata Orchestra Minimum Proficiency:

1. You will be asked to play a prepared solo
2.  Prepare two scales of the student’s choice – one major and one minor (melodic or harmonic). In most cases, faculty will ask the student to perform only one of the scales chosen:
         – Violin/Viola:  three octaves
         – Cello: three or four octaves
         – Bass: two or three octaves
3.  Sight-reading (determined by the faculty) appropriate to the Camerata Orchestra level