Auditioning for the Canton Youth Symphonies

1) Prepared Pieces/Scales

2)Orchestral Excerpts

3)Sight-Reading
*Orchestral excerpts only apply to Canton Youth Symphony and Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra. Sight-reading applies only to Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra.

Canton Youth Strings (Youth Strings)

Youth Strings Musician’s exhibit:

  • Good intonation and developing rhythmic and musicality
  • Willingness to learn and take risks

Audition includes:

  • 2 scales (F, C, G or D Major)
  • 2 prepared excerpts one more technical, one more lyrical (student’s choice)
  • No orchestral excerpts required

Orchestral Excerpts:

Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra (CYSAO) and
Canton Youth Symphony (CYS)

Auditions includes:

  • one fast, technical excerpt (student’s choice)
  • one slow, lyrical excerpt (student’s choice)
  • 1-3 orchestral excerpts chosen by the Music Director, which can be found below beginning in July.
  • scales (C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, or Ab major)
  • sight-reading (CYSAO only)

CYSAO Musician’s exhibit:

  • Accurate intonation and excellent rhythmic strength
  • Exceptional musicality
  • String players must demonstrate proficiency shifting in multiple positions and a comfort playing in the upper register
  • Brass players must have at least a two and a half octave range (three octaves are preferred)
  • Woodwind players must be comfortable with the full range of the instrument
  • Clarinet, French Horn, and Trumpet demonstrate a willingness to transpose
  • Cello, Trombone, and Bassoon must read tenor clef or be willing to learn

Click your instrument below to download the music and find musical reference for your audition. 

CYSAO Excerpts

CYS Musician’s exhibit:

  • Accurate intonation and strong, developing rhythmic capabilities and musicality
  • Willingness to take direction and risks String players must be able to shift out of at least first/half position
  • Woodwind/Brass players must have at least a one and a half octave range
  • Percussionists should demonstrate flexibility and willingness to learn new instruments
 
 
Click your instrument below to download the music and find musical reference for your audition. 
 
 

CYS Excerpts

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