Scales

After performing your solo, the audition will proceed to scales. Scales are an important component of a musician’s development and preparing them teaches us intonation, dexterity, ear-training, and music theory. Scale practice helps with sight-reading, too! You will be asked to play three scales, based on the level for which you are auditioning. You will get to pick the first one, and the next two will be picked by the judges.

Below are the string requirements for each instrument/orchestra group. Be sure to prepare all of the solos required for your instrument/desired orchestra.

Youth Orchestra Strings

Memorization not required

Philharmonia Orchestra Strings

Memorization not required

Concert Orchestra Strings

Memorization not required

Sinfonietta Strings

Memorization not required

Opus One Strings

Memorization not required

Youth and Philharmonia Orchestra Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Memorized Scales (ascending and descending): All 2-octave major scales through three sharps and three flats; 2-octave melodic minor scales through two sharps and two flats; chromatic scale of two or more octaves to demonstrate your performing range. Note: Scales should be performed in eighth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=60, but not faster than you can play cleanly and evenly.

Concert Orchestra Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Memorized Scales (ascending and descending): All 1-octave major scales through three sharps and three flats (2-octaves on the advice of your teacher); chromatic scale of at least one octave to demonstrate your performing range. Note: Scales should be performed in eighth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=60, but not faster than you can play cleanly and evenly.

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