OrKidstra

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

Auditions for Strings

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

String Ensemble Audition Requirements

No substitutions of audition requirements are permitted.

Primary Strings | Junior Strings | Intermediate Strings | Senior Strings

Primary Strings
First ensemble experience as a complement to private lessons. Candidates must be a minimum of 6 years of age and have been taking lessons for at least one year. Candidates must be prepared to play a piece of their choice. This class is for students who have no ensemble experience and do not read well (limited to 15 students).


Junior Strings
Introduction to orchestral playing; children will learn to play together in different parts using varying rhythms and learn to follow the conductor's instructions for tempo and dynamics. Candidates must be prepared to play a piece of their choice and sight-read in addition to the following requirements:

Violin.
scales: G major, 2 octaves & F major, 1 octave
study: Wohlfahrt op. 45, bk I: any one or one of equivalent level
Viola
scale: C major, 2 octaves
study: Wohlfahrt op. 45, bk I: no.1 or one of equivalent level
Cello
scale: C major, 2 octaves
study: any study in 1st position
Bass
scales: Bb major, 1 octave & G major, 1 octave
study: one short study
sight reading
Note: not required to play a piece of own choice


Intermediate Strings (formery Junior Strings II)
This orchestra involves a further look at orchestral playing. Here we explore different styles of music and ways of playing through a variety of articulations, dynamics and bowing techniques. Minimum age: 9 years. Candiates must be prepared to play a piece of their choice and sight-read in addition to the following requirements:

Violin
scales: D major, 2 octaves & B minor melodic, 2 octaves
study: Wohlfahrt op. 45, bk II: one of nos. 31-34 or one of equivalent level
Viola
scales: G major, 2 octaves & C minor melodic, 2 octaves
study: Wohlfahrt op. 45, bk I: one of nos. 2-6 or one of equivalent level
Cello
scales: G major, 2 octaves & C minor, 2 octaves
study: any study using positions 1 through 4.
Bass
scales: C major, 1 octave & B minor melodic, 1 octave
study: any study using ½ and 1st positions
sight reading
Note: not required to play a piece of own choice


Senior Strings (formerly Intermediate Strings)

Violin
scales: E major, 2 octaves & D minor melodic, 2 octaves
arpeggios: 2 octave in E major and D minor
study: Wohlfahrt, op. 45, bk II: one of nos. 35-60 or one of equivalent level
A piece of your own choice
Sight reading
Viola
scales: A major, 2 octaves & G minor melodic, 2 octaves
arpeggios: A major, 2 octaves, G minor melodic, 2 octaves
study: Wohlfahrt op. 45, bk II: one of nos. 31-34 or one of equivalent level
A piece of your own choice
Sight reading
Cello
scales: F major, 2 octaves & E minor melodic, 2 octaves
arpeggios: 2 octave in F major and C minor
study: Dotzauer bk I: one of nos. 10-19 or one of equivalent level
A piece of your own choice
Sight reading
Bass
scales: C major, 1 octave & B minor melodic, 1 octave
arpeggios: 1 octave in C major and B minor
study: any study using ½ and 1st positions
A piece of your own choice
Sight reading
Note: Exceptions may be made to the Bass requirements by the conductor, in consultation with the OYOA Music Director.

top »