Excerpts

In the third phase of the audition, you will be asked to play your required excerpts. These excerpts are designed to provide the judges with a basis for adjudicating students on the same materials with the same length of preparation. Excerpts change from year to year.

Count through all rests in excerpts, unless they are cut out via brackets or X. The rests are part of the music! If available, obtain a recording of each work so you can learn the context of the excerpts.

Strings

Violin

Youth Orchestra Violin Excerpts (updated 3/1/18)
Philharmonia Orchestra Violin Excerpts (updated 2/27/18)
Concert Orchestra Violin Excerpts (updated 2/28/18)
Sinfonietta Violin Excerpts (updated 2/28/18)
Opus One Violin Excerpts (updated 2/21/18)

Viola

Youth Orchestra Viola Excerpts (updated 3/1/18)
Philharmonia Orchestra Viola Excerpts (updated 2/27/18)
Concert Orchestra Viola Excerpts (updated 2/28/18)
Sinfonietta Viola Excerpts (updated 2/28/18)
Opus One Viola Excerpts (updated 2/21/18)

Cello

Youth Orchestra Cello Excerpts (updated 3/1/18)
Philharmonia Orchestra Cello Excerpts (updated 2/27/18)
Concert Orchestra Cello Excerpts (updated 2/28/18)
Sinfonietta Cello Excerpts (updated 2/28/18)
Opus One Cello Excerpts (updated 2/21/18)

String Bass

Youth Orchestra Bass Excerpts (updated 3/1/18)
Philharmonia Orchestra Bass Excerpts (updated 2/27/18)
Concert Orchestra Bass Excerpt (updated 2/28/18)
Sinfonietta Bass Excerpt (updated 2/28/18)
Opus One Bass Excerpts (updated 2/21/18)

Woodwinds

Youth & Philharmonia Orchestras prepare all excerpts (A & B).
Concert Orchestra prepare “B” labeled excerpts only.

Flute

Flute Excerpts A (updated 2/28/18)
Flute Excerpts B (updated 5/11/18) Excerpt 3 (Bach) pitch corrected: Line 2, m. 2, beat 4 after tie – D,G,E

Oboe

Oboe Excerpts A (updated 2/27/18)
Oboe Excerpts B (updated 2/27/18)

Clarinet

Clarinet Excerpts A (updated 2/28/18)
Clarinet Excerpts B (updated 2/28/18)

Bassoon

Bassoon Excerpts A (updated 2/28/18)
Bassoon Excerpts B (updated 2/28/18)

Brass

Youth & Philharmonia Orchestras prepare all excerpts (A & B).
Concert Orchestra prepare “B” labeled excerpts only.

Brass players are required to participate in the Brass Choir program which meets Saturday mornings before orchestra rehearsals and performs two concerts each season.

Horn

Horn Excerpts A (updated 3/2/18)
Horn Excerpts B (updated 3/2/18)

Trumpet

Trumpet Excerpts A (updated 2/28/18)
Trumpet Excerpts B (updated 2/28/18)

Trombone

Trombone Excerpts A (updated 2/28/18)
Trombone Excerpts B (updated 2/28/18)

Tuba

Tuba Excerpts A (updated 2/28/18)
Tuba Excerpts B (updated 2/28/18)

Percussion

Youth & Philharmonia Orchestras prepare all excerpts (A & B).
Concert Orchestra prepare “B” labeled excerpts only.

All percussionists are required to participate in the Percussion Ensemble which meets Saturday mornings before orchestra rehearsals from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Percussion Ensemble members will be required to perform during concert performances of orchestras other than their own, as well as in the annual WYSO Percussion Extravaganza.

WYSO provides the following audition instruments for both warm-up and the audition: 4 Timpani, Snare Drum, Marimba, Xylophone, Triangle, Crash Cymbals

Students must bring to the audition:
Snare drum sticks, xylophone and marimba mallets, timpani mallets and pitch pipe or tuning fork. Students must provide two photocopies of their solo music for the judges.

Percussion Excerpts A (updated 2/28/18)

Percussion Excerpts B (updated 2/28/18)

Harp

The WYSO harp program has two components: orchestral playing and participation in the Harp Ensemble. Since the harp is usually needed for less than half of the WYSO orchestral repertoire, Harp Ensemble is another setting offering ensemble experience.

The WYSO Harp Ensemble meets every Saturday morning before and during regularly scheduled orchestra rehearsals. The ensemble performs at regularly scheduled concerts throughout the season. The Harp Ensemble is required for all harpists in WYSO Orchestras. Harp ensemble focus is on instrument proficiency, repertoire and ensemble technique.

Harpists may be moved to different orchestras at the discretion of the program director, based on repertoire and/or ability. All harpists should prepare Excerpts B. Additionally, only harpists who prepare Excerpts A (in addition to B,) will be considered for performance opportunities with Youth and Philharmonia Orchestras.

WYSO will provide pedal harps for the audition.

Harp Excerpts A (updated 3/22/18)

Harp Excerpts B (updated 3/22/18)

 

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