MYSP Orchestra Auditions

MYSP Orchestra Auditions

Auditions will be held in spring and as needed on an ongoing basis.

Please review our audition requirements and information about the audition process below. For questions about the Orchestra program, please contact Spencer Aston at myspdirector@powersmusic.org.

 

Audition process for new and returning MYSP students:

Students NEW to the MYSP program interested in joining the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project for the 2018-2019 academic year (or current students hoping to move up a level) should complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an online audition form here to schedule an individual placement audition.
  2. Pay your audition fee of $30 per student (waived for continuing MYSP students).
    To pay online: Click here to access ASAP, our online registration site.
  3. Once we have received your audition webform and audition fee, a staff member will contact you to schedule and confirm your audition time. Please read our audition requirements below to prepare for your audition.
  4. You will be notified of acceptance shortly after your audition. If accepted, please complete your registration and submit your tuition payment within two weeks of acceptance. Your payment will include the $20 registration fee and full tuition for the MYSP program, unless a payment plan has been arranged. Please check our Merit Scholarship page for information about MYSP chair positions and Conservatory Program scholarships!
    Once accepted, to register/pay online: Click here to access ASAP, our online registration site (you will be asked to create an account). Please call the office if you received financial aid or a merit scholarship or have been accepted into the Conservatory Program.
    Once accepted, to register/pay by mail: Download and complete a 2018-2019 Registration Form, and a 2018-2019 Financial Aid Application if you are interested in applying for financial aid.

Current 2017-2018 MYSP students planning to continue for the 2018-2019 academic year should complete the following steps:

  1. You may pre-register by completing your registration and submitting your tuition payment. Your payment will include the $20 registration fee and full tuition for the MYSP program, unless a payment plan has been arranged. Please check our Merit Scholarship page for information about MYSP chair positions and Conservatory Program scholarships!
    To register/pay online: Click here to access ASAP, our online registration site (you will be asked to create an account). Please call the office if you received financial aid or a merit scholarship, or have been accepted into the Conservatory Program.
    To register/pay by mail: Download and complete a 2018-2019 Registration Form, and a 2018-2019 Financial Aid Application if you are interested in applying for financial aid.

 

Audition Requirements:

MYSP String / MYSP Preparatory Orchestra audition requirements:

  • Must be able to read music and have been playing for at least one year (typically studying at a level equivalent to Suzuki Book 3 or higher)
  • One 2-octave scale of your choice
  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice
  • Sight-reading

MYSP Chamber Orchestra audition requirements:

Strings

  • All 3-octave major scales through 4 sharps and 4 flats
  • One 3-octave minor scale of your choice
  • Two contrasting solo pieces of your choice: One should be fast and technical. The other should be slow and lyrical. The pieces can be two movements from the same concerto or sonata, or they can be two entirely different pieces. Your solo selections should demonstrate your highest technical skills and knowledge of style, including shifting, articulation, and expression.
  • Sight-reading

Woodwinds / Brass

  • All major scales through 4 sharps and 4 flats (1 or 2 octaves, depending on applicant's range)
  • One minor scale of your choice (1 or 2 octaves, depending on applicant's range)
  • Two contrasting solo pieces of your choice: One should be fast and technical. The other should be slow and lyrical. The pieces can be two movements from the same concerto or sonata, or they can be two entirely different pieces. Your solo selections should demonstrate your highest technical skills and knowledge of style, including shifting, articulation, and expression.
  • Sight-reading

Percussion

  • One solo piece on mallets
  • One solo piece on timpani (drums are provided for audition)
 

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