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Ottawa Youth Orchestra Audition Requirements

Auditions & Placement | String auditions | Harp auditions
Wind auditions | OJYO auditions | OYO auditions

No substitutions of audition requirements are permitted.

Scales for String Players (except bass) to be played in 16th notes, 8 per bow, M.M. =60.

Violin
• scales: Ab major, 3 octaves & Bb minor, 3 octaves
• arpeggios: Ab major, 3 octaves & Bb minor, 3 octaves
• study: Mazas op. 36, bk I: one of nos. 5-36, or one of greater difficulty
• a piece of your own choice
• sight-reading

Viola
• scales: C major, 3 octaves & E minor melodic, 2 octaves
• arpeggios: C major, 3 octaves & E minor melodic, 2 octaves
• study: Kayser op. 20, bk II or Mazas op. 36, bk I: any one
• a piece of your own choice
• sight-reading

Cello
• scales: D major, 3 octaves & D minor harmonic, 3 octaves
• arpeggios: D major, 3 octaves & D minor harmonic, 3 octaves
• study: any study using thumb position (e.g. Dotzauer bk II or Popper)
• a piece of your own choice
• sight-reading

Bass
• scales: G major, 2 octaves & E minor, 2 octaves
• arpeggios: G major, 2 octaves & E minor, 2 octaves
• study: any study representing the lower range of the instrument
• a Baroque or Classical Sonata: one movement
• sight-reading

Woodwinds and Brass
• scales: all major and minor scales in various articulations
• two contrasting movements of a solo piece of own choice or two contrasting studies
• sight-reading

Percussion
• scales: all major scales on xylophone
• play a study or solo on each of the following instruments: snare drum, xylophone, 2 timpani
• demonstrate loud and soft rolls on snare drum and timpani
• sight-reading

Harp
• one cadenza from the standard orchestral repertoire (e.g. cadenzas from The Nutcracker OR Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Britten, or Tzigane by Ravel)
• one free-choice solo piece
• sight-reading excerpt