Greater Miami Youth Symphony Auditions

Entry to the Greater Miami Youth Symphony is by auditions – held every year. All students between the ages of 5 and 18 can audition with the following instruments: bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute/piccolo, French Horn, oboe/English horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, harp, piano, drums, percussion, saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone), euphonium, jazz guitar and string bass (electric and upright).

Select auditions will be held the first day of classes. Please email info@gmys.org for more information.

Main Ensembles Requiring Auditions

Young Mozarts Orchestra

This is our training orchestra for string players. We offer two locations in the Greater Miami and Miami Beach.

String Orchestra

Our beginning orchestra for string players who have progressed beyond our Young Mozarts Orchestra.

Young Sousas

Our beginning band ensemble includes brass and wind players.

Concert Orchestra

Is our intermediate orchestra for string players who have graduated past our Young Mozarts and String Orchestra Programs, and brass and wind players who have graduated from Young Sousas.

Concert Band/Jazz Band

This is our intermediate band ensembles for Brass and wind players who have progressed beyond our Young Sousas program. Our Concert Band members also participate in a full orchestra ensemble as members of our Concert Orchestra.

Symphony Orchestra

This is our senior orchestra encompassing string, brass and wind players. Members of our Symphony Orchestra have auditioned and been accepted. They play at the highest level of all our ensembles

Returning members of Young Mozart, Sousas, Strings, Concert Band/Jazz Band and Concert Orchestra who are not planning to move up to a different orchestra are not required to audition. You do not need an appointment.

Symphony Orchestra seating auditions and move-up auditions will be by appointment only. Please email info@gmys.org, or call 305-667-4069 to schedule your appointment once the dates are posted.

Audition Requirements

Young Mozarts

Violin: 2 octave G-major scale, D-major scale and A-major one octave scale (starting on open a). A piece from Suzuki Book 1 from Bach minuets on, or equivalent in difficulty.

Viola and Cello: 2 octave C-major scale. A piece from Suzuki Book 1 from Bach minuets on, or equivalent in difficulty.

Bass: F-major and C-major one octave scales. 1 prepared piece.

Young Sousas

B-flat concert scale and F concert scale, 1 octave.
1 prepared piece, more than 8 measures long.
Students will be asked to sight-read

String Orchestra

Violin, Viola, Cello: 2 Octave scales
A-Major, G-Major, C-Major, Bb-Major, and one octave F-Major

Bass: 1 Octave scales
A-Major, G-Major, C-Major, Bb-Major, and F-Major

1st Violin: Book 3 Suzuki

2nd Violin: 1 Piece from middle of Suzuki book 2 or equivalent

Viola, Cello and Bass: 1 Piece from middle of Suzuki book 2 to book 3

Concert Orchestra

Violins: A short solo piece demonstrating mastery of instrument such as a piece at or above the Suzuki Book 4 level. Any 2 octave major or minor scale, 3 octave scales (at least 2)- G-major, A-major, C-major, and D-major

Viola: A short solo piece demonstrating mastery of instrument such as a piece at or above the Suzuki Book 4 level. Any 2 octave major or minor scale, 3 octave scales (at least 2)- C-major, D-major, F-major, G-major

Cello: A short solo piece demonstrating mastery of instrument such as a piece at or above the Suzuki Book 4 level. Any 2 octave major or minor scale, 3 octave scales (at least 2)- C-major, D-major, F-major, G-major

Double Bass: A short solo piece demonstrating mastery of instrument such as an etude or piece at or above the Sturm 110 Studies level. Any 1 octave major or minor scale, 2 octave scales (at least 1)- F-major, E-major, G-major

Concert Band/Jazz Band

Winds, Brass, Percussion: 2 contrasting pieces, one 2 octave chromatic scale, one 2 octave B flat major scale or F-major scale

Concert Band students will also perform in full orchestra with the Concert Orchestra.

Students may be asked to sight-read.

GMYS Concert Orchestra/Band students who want to audition to move-up to the Symphony Orchestra must audition on the Symphony audition music listed below (percussionists will also play the All-State audition requirements). Please email Carol Nicholson if you need the excerpts.  Students must also prepare the scale requirements for Symphony below.

Symphony Orchestra

All returning Symphony Orchestra students and move-up auditions must audition for placement in the Symphony Orchestra. The audition piece for this year can be downloaded below. Percussionists will also be asked to play the All-State Orchestra requirements.  Students must also prepare the scale requirements listed below:

Violin, Viola, Cello:
Scales – All major and minor scales, 3 or 4 octaves where possible.
Sight Reading – students will be asked to sight read a short orchestral excerpt

Bass:
Scales – All major and minor two octave scales.
Sight Reading – students will be asked to sight read a short orchestral excerpt

Winds, Brass, and Percussion:
Scales – All major and minor scales, 2 or 3 octaves where possible. One chromatic scale covering the range of instrument.
Sight Reading – students will be asked to sight read a short orchestral excerpt.

2016-2017 Symphony Audition Music

Danse Macabre: 

FLUTE 1&2 click here

PICCOLO click here

OBOE 1&2 click here

CLARINET 1&2 click here

BASSOON 1&2 click here

HORN 1&2 click here

HORN 3&4 click here

TRUMPET 1&2 click here

TROMBONE 1&2  click here

TROMBONE 3 & TUBA click here

TIMPANI click here

PERCUSSION click here

HARP click here

VIOLIN SOLO (for concertmaster position) click here

VIOLIN 1 click here

VIOLIN 2 click here

VIOLA click here

CELLO click here

BASS click here

Fidelio:

FLUTE 1&2 click here

OBOE 1&2 click here

CLARINET 1&2 (IN A) click here

BASSOON 1&2 click here

HORN 1-4 (IN E) click here

TRUMPET 1-2 (IN C) click here

TROMBONE 1&2 click here

TIMPANI click here

VIOLIN 1&2 click here

VIOLA, CELLO, & BASS click here