GMYS Fall Auditions for our 2020-2021 Season will take place on September 12 – 13, 2020. These auditions are for moveup and new students only.

Students will be contacted individually with auditions details. Please call (305) 667- 4069 if you have any questions.


Main Ensembles Requiring Auditions

Young Mozarts Orchestra

This is our beginner orchestra for string players. 

String Orchestra

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

Young Sousas Band

Our beginner band ensemble includes brass and wind players.

Concert Orchestra

Our intermediate II orchestra is 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

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.

Junior and Varsity Jazz Band

These are our intermediate and advanced Jazz bands. Audition music is based on the concert band music requirements.

Symphony Orchestra

This is our advanced, flagship 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

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 Orchestra

G, D and C Major Scales 1 or 2 Octaves

Any Prepared solo piece from Suzuki or Method Book

Sight Reading

Concert Orchestra

Violin: 2 Oct A Major Scale + Arpeggio, 3 Oct G- Major + Arpeggio

Viola, Cello: 2 Oct D Major Scale + Arpeggio, 3 Oct C Major + Arpeggio

Bass: 2 Oct D Major (Open D to Open E) + Arpeggio, 2 Oct G Major Scale + Arpeggio

A short solo piece demonstrating mastery of instrument such as a piece at or above the Suzuki Book 4/5 level.
Students should be prepared to Sight-Read.

Varsity Jazz Band

The student will play a jazz swing standard. Optional improv will consist of Bb Blues.

The student will then play two major scales and two blues scales.

The student will then sight-read a piece.

Young Sousas Band

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

Concert Band

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

Students may be asked to sight-read.

Junior Jazz Band

Students will play a prepared jazz standard and a prepared Bb blues tune (Autumn Leaves), improvisation is optional.

Student will play 4 major scales.

Finally, the student will sight-read 1 piece.

Download your part for Autumn Leaves Below

String Orchestra

Violin, Viola, Cello: 2 Octaves scales and arpeggio (Choose 1)
A Major, G Major, C Major, Bb Major, and one octave F Major
If auditioning for 1st Violin: D Major Scale and arpeggio

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

1st Violin: 1 Piece from the Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent and D Major Scale and arpeggio

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

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

Notes:

  • If any current String student from the 2nd violin section would like to audition for the 1st violin section, these are also the requirements for these students.
  • Seating auditions for the whole orchestra will be on the second rehearsal during the 2020-2021 Fall Season.

Symphony Orchestra

Students auditioning for the GMYS Symphony Orchestra must prepare the following sections of Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture. Please find the sections and parts for your instrument below. 

Important Note:  Regarding Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture: Practice slowly with a metronome, get your notes and rhythms first. Final tempo at #3 is about quarter note = 52-60. Fast part after #5 is about dotted quarter note = 76-80. Also, there might be a short sight reading, if time allows.

Download your part for Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture at the bottom of page

Violin I (for all returning first violin students)

  • G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, E, F Major and G, A, C, D minor 3 octave scales and arpeggios.
  • Roman Carnival Overture
    • 3 to 5
    • 4 after 5 to 10
    • 12-13
    • 6 after 17 to end
  • A solo piece of your choice

Violin II (for all returning second violin students, move-ups and new members)

  • G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, E, F Major and G, A, C, D minor 3 octave scales and arpeggios.
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • 3-5
    • 4 after 5 to 10
    • 12-13
    • 6 after 17 to end
  • A Solo piece of your choice

Viola

  • C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb Major and C, D, G Minor 3 Octave scales and arpeggios.
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • pick up to 3 after 1 to 4
    • 4 after 5 to 10
    • 11-13
    • 6 after 13 to 12 before 15
    • 16 to end
  • A Solo piece of your choice

Cello

  • C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb Major and C, D, G Minor 3 Octave scales and arpeggios.
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • 3 before 3 to 5
    • 3 after 5 to 6
    • 8 before 8 to 11
    • 12-13
    • 8 before 16 to end
  • A Solo piece of your choice.

Bass

  • All Major Scales in 2 octaves (3 octaves when possible)
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • 7-11
    • 12- 2 after 14
    • pick up to 2 after 18- end
  • C. A Solo piece of your choice

Woodwinds – All students must prepare the first part (I)

Flute

  • All 12 Major Scales and Arpeggios and chromatic scale. (All State requirement)
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • 3 after 1 to 2
    • 3- 4
    • 5- to 4 after 5
    • 7- 5 after 10
    • 12- 5 after 14
    • 10 before 16 to 17
    • 19- end
  • A Solo piece of your choice

Oboe

  • All 12 Major Scales and Arpeggios and chromatic scale. (All State requirement)
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • 3- 4
    • 5-4 after 5
    • 7- 5 afetr 10
    • 12- 5 after 14
    • 10 before 16 to 17
    • 5 before 17 to 18
    • 19 to end
    • English Horn (if you have the instruments)
      • 2 to 4
  • A Solo piece of your choice

Clarinet

  • All 12 Major Scales and Arpeggios and chromatic scale (All State requirement)
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • 3 after 1 to 2
    • 7-5 after 10
    • 12- 5 after 14
    • 6 before 16 to 17
    • 4 before 18 to end
  • A Solo piece of your choice

Bassoon

  • All 12 Major Scales and Arpeggios and chromatic scale. (All State requirement)
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • 3-4
    • 9 after 7 to 9
    • 9 before 10 to 11
    • 12 to 3 after 14
    • 5 after 15 to 17
    • 10 before 19 to end
  • A Solo piece of your choice

Brass- All students must prepare the first part (I)

Horn

  • All 12 Major Scales and Arpeggios and chromatic scale. (All State requirement)
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • 3 to 8 after 3
    • pick up to 7 before 7 to
    • pick to 3 before 8 to 4 before 9
    • pick up to 7 before 10 to 10
    • pick up to 7 after 13 to 2 after 14
    • 19 to end
  • C. A Solo piece of your choice

Trumpet

  • All 12 Major Scales and Arpeggios and chromatic scale. (All State requirement)
  • Roman Carnival Overture: (Cornet part)
    • 3 to 8 after 3
    • pick up to 11 before 8 to 2 before 8
    • pick up to 11 before 13 to 14
    • 16 to 17
    • 19 to end
  • A Solo piece of your choice

Trombone and bass trombone

  • All 12 Major Scales and Arpeggios and chromatic scale. (All State requirement)
  • Roman Carnival Overture:
    • 16 after 15 to 17
    • 7 after 19 to end
  • Two Contrasting Solos of your choice

Percussion

  • All 12 Major Scales and Arpeggios and chromatic scale (Xylophone). (All State requirement)
  • Two Contrasting Solos of your choice. (Timpani, Snare, xylophone etc.)

2020-2021 Symphony Audition Music

Summer Camp Ensemble

Rookie Strings: Beginning Level

Essential Elements Book 1: from #43-The end
Suzuki Book1
Scales: 1 octave D, A, G major. Be able to play 2 out of this list.


Mezzo Strings: Intermediate Level

Suzuki 2-4 or any equivalent repertoire
Scales: Violin, Viola, Cello 2 octaves C, G, D, A Major, and 1 octave F
Major
Bass: play only 1 octave on any 2 scales out this list.

These requirements are for: students who are moving up a level from within
our GMYS Season or for new students.
Students who are already part of our regular program will be
placed/recommended by the conductors.


String Intensive:

The requirements are:

1 Major and 1 minor scale and arpeggio. Violins, Violas, and Cellos: 3
octaves. Double Basses: 2 octaves.

Excerpt from Mozart’s Symphony no. 35:

Exposition of a solo piece of your choice


Jazz Intensive

The student will play a jazz swing standard. Optional improv will consist of
Bb Blues.

The student will then play two major scales and two blues scales.

The student will then sight-read a piece.