WSYo AUDITION INFORMATION

 

Audition instructions: Please arrive at the STAGE door (not the front) of the Capitol Theatre 15 minutes before your scheduled time. The stage door is a small green door on the west side of Pelissier St., just south or the construction scaffolding, and has a sign above it. You will be met by a volunteer, who will show you where you can warm up for a few minutes before your audition. 

 

In the fall: Daniel Wiley will be the new WSYO conductor in September.  There will also be auditions for all returning and new WSYO members in September for Maestro Wiley, so that he can get to know the orchestral and plan seating. 

 

General audition information: The Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra is looking for young musicians ages 14-22 who play orchestral instruments: strings, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, french horns, trumpets, trombones, tuba and percussion. It is strongly encouraged that all audition candidates be taking private lessons. Saxophones may also be considered to cover missing parts in the orchestra. 

 

 

Notes on audition prep - see below.

 

WSYO AUDITION excerpts

At this time, excerpts for 2018-19 have not yet been chosen. Once chosen, click on your instrument below to see the excerpts required from the audition pieces.

 

First Violin

Flute

French Horn

Percussion

Second Violin

Oboe

Trumpet

Harp

Viola

Clarinet

Trombone

 

Cello

Bassoon/Saxophone

Tuba

 

Bass

 

 

 

 

Woodwinds

Flute
Schubert Unfinished Symphony (No. 8), movement 1
- m. 138-158
- m. 313-322
Vaughan Williams English Folk Songs Suite, movement 1
- Pickup to A until Coda
- 10 measures after C to D

 

Oboe
 

Clarinet
Vaughan Williams English Folk Songs Suite, movement 1
first 2 pages, top line

 

 

Alto Saxophone
Beerthoven Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement
- first horn part (in Eb) measures 171-263 (Trio)

Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus Overture
- m. 150-188 (alto sax part, provided)

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Brass

French Horn
 

Trumpet
Duke Ellington Medley
- m. 7-35 
Vaughan Williams English Folk Songs Suite, movement 1
- beginning to Coda (top line)

Trombone

Tuba

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Percussion

Percussion/Timpani
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Strings

First Violin
 

Second Violin
Schubert Unfinished Symphony (No. 8), movement 1
- D to m. 194
- m. 267-276
- m. 292-303
Vaughan Williams English Folk Songs Suite, movement 1
- pickup to B up to Coda

Viola
Schubert Unfinished Symphony (No. 8), movement 1
- m. 73-87
- D to m. 184
Vaughan Williams English Folk Songs Suite, movement 2
- m. 22 to Allegretto scherzando
Vaughan Williams Movement 3
- pickup to m. 29 to m. 44.

Cello
Schubert Unfinished Symphony (No. 8), movement 1
- m. 44-53
- m. 73-85
Vaughan Williams English Folk Songs Suite, movement 1
- 8 measures before D to the 8th measure after D
Vaughan Williams Movement 2
- top of page "3," 21 measures before Allegretto scherzando, to Allegretto scherzando


Bass
Schubert Unfinished Symphony (No. 8), movement 1
- m. 1-20
- G to H
Vaughan Williams English Folk Songs Suite, movement 1
- pickup to E until 1st ending
Vaughan Williams Movement 2
- pickup to Tempo 1 until end.


Harp

 

 

A few notes on audition prep: 
1) Students that get help from their private teachers do much better at auditions. 
2) Students who listen repeatedly to the piece, with their music in front of them, do much better.
3) Use lots of bow/air and steady bowspeed/airspeed. Good posture helps with this!
4) Tuning is very important, and correct accidentals please! 
5) If you can't play something up so speed, better to play 20% (or more) slower, but in a clean and organized fashion - no rushing, and good sound. 
6) Make sure your rhythm is solid in the "easy passages" - and count rests and ties properly.