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Personal Statement Video 


(Required for ALL students)

In a single, unedited video, please record yourself answering one of the three personal statement questions below in 90 seconds or less. Please begin your video by stating which question number you are answering. If you applied last year, do not reuse your video. Answer specifically and express your unique perspective.

  1. What helps a group of orchestral musicians collaborate well?  Talk about a specific example of a time when you helped a group communicate and collaborate well with each other and how that helped the group become more successful.

  2. How have you used music to deal with challenges in your life?  Give a specific example of when listening to or playing music helped improve a moment in your life. What was it about the music that helped?

  3. Who is someone that inspires you, musically or as a person? What is it about them that has motivated you? What are some specific ways that you express what you learned from that person in your own way as a musician, mentor, or ensemble member?

 

Musical Audition


(Required for ALL students)

The musical audition is comprised of two sections:

 

1. One assigned scale, played twice:

String players:
• Slur two beats per bow (the equivalent of four 8th notes)
• Detaché (each note is played in a separate bow stroke)

Winds, brass, and percussion players:
• Slurred articulation
• Separated articulation

All instruments should perform their assigned scale using the scale pattern:   Symphony Orchestra applicants should perform at a minimum tempo of ♩= 120
Chamber Orchestra applicants should perform at a minimum tempo of ♩= 90

 

2. Two assigned music excerpts

String Players – be sure to play the correct excerpt, note that the excerpts for Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra differ. Percussionists are required to submit 3 assigned excerpts.

Required Scales and Excerpts

The following will provide information on required scales and excerpts specifically for your instrument.
You will be prompted to upload your videos on the online application platform.

In your submission of scales and excerpts, please introduce the scale/excerpt before performing.
Each student should submit only one application.

If you have specific questions about these requirements, please email us at YOLA@laphil.org.

 

 

Symphony Orchestra


Musicians aged 14-18 may apply to the 100 member symphony orchestra. This is a highly competitive ensemble, open to the most advanced players from El Sistema-inspired and aligned programs from across the country.  
Note: String applicants aged 14 who are not selected for the symphony orchestra will automatically be considered for the Chamber Orchestra.

 

Violin / Violín

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
G Major, 3 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7, Mvmt. 1, mm. 83-130
BERLIOZ Benvenuto Cellini Overture, m. 303 to the downbeat of m. 337

 

Viola / Viola

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
E-flat Major, 3 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. II, mm. 1-10
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, m. 1 to downbeat of 25

 

Cello / Violinchelo

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
D Major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. II, mm. 1-10
MOZART Symphony No. 38, Mvmt. I, mm. 151-181

 

Bass / Bajo

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
G Major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2, mm. 118 [E]-162
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7, Mvmt. II, mm. 191-203

 

Flute / Flauta

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
G Major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BIZET Entr’acte from Carmen, m. 3 to rehearsal [A]
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”, Mvmt. IV, mm. 172-200

 

Piccolo (optional) / Piccolo (opcional)

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
G Major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
ROSSINI Overture to La Gazza Ladra, mm. 188-195
RAVEL Bolero, 3 after rehearsal [12] to rehearsal [13]

 

Oboe / Oboe

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
B-flat Major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Mvmt. II, m. 8 – rehearsal [A]
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, Mvmt. II, pickup to rehearsal [A] – downbeat of rehearsal [B]

 

Clarinet / Clarinete

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
E Major (D concert), 3 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BEETHOVEN, Symphony No. 6, Mvmt. II, mm. 68-77
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, beginning to rehearsal [B]

 

Bass Clarinet (optional) / Clarinete bajo (opcional)

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
E Major (D concert), 3 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
MAHLER, Symphony No. 2, Mvmt. 1, 9 bars after rehearsal [9] to rehearsal [10]

 

Bassoon / Fagot

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
B-flat Major, 3 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
DUKAS Sorcerer’s Apprentice, rehearsal [7] to rehearsal [9]
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Mvmt. II, beginning solo to rehearsal [A]

 

French Horn / Corno

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
F Major (B-flat concert), 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3, Mvmt. III, mm. 98-110
STRAUSS Don Juan, m. 11 after rehearsal [N]- rehearsal [P]

 

Trumpet / Trompeta

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
G Major (F concert), 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. IV, mm. 374 - 396
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 1, Mvmt. II, rehearsal 34 to rehearsal 36

 

Trombone / Trombón

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
F Major, 2 octaves 

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
SAINT SAENS Symphony No. 3 “Organ”, Mvmt. I, rehearsal [Q] to rehearsal [R]
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyrie

 

Bass Trombone / Trombón bajo

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
D major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, Mvmt. IV, mm. 595-610
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyrie

 

Tuba / Tuba

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
B-flat Major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
MUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain, m. 14 – 10 measures before [A]
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4, Mvmt IV, mm. 38-51

 

Percussion / Percusión

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
A-flat Major, 2 octaves 
Roll: Start pp to FF back to pp 

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
SNARE: KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Mvmt. IV, rehearsal [P] to rehearsal [R]
MALLETS (XYLOPHONE): KABALEVSKY The Comedias, Mvmt. I. Prologue
TIMPANI: BERNSTEIN Mambo from West Side Story, m. 508 to end

 

Chamber Orchestra


String players aged 12-14 are eligible for the Chamber Orchestra.  Though students aged 14 can apply for the Symphony Orchestra, they may also choose to apply only for the Chamber Orchestra by submitting the excerpts labelled “Chamber Orchestra.”

 

Violin / Violín

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
G Major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
MOZART Divertimento No. 1 DM k. 136, Mvmt. 1, mm. 51-65
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings, Mvmt. II, Beginning to rehearsal [C]

 

Viola / Viola

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
C major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
GLINKA Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture, beginning to rehearsal [4]
FAURE Pavane op. 50, rehearsal [D] to 5th measure of [E]

 

Cello / Violinchelo

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
D Major, 2 octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
ATWELL Drifen, mm. 130-145
BRITTEN Sentimental Sarabande, mm. 57-75

 

Bass / Bajo

1. Required Scale / Escala requerida
G Major, 2 Octaves

2. Required Excerpts / Fragmentos musicales requeridos
ATWELL Drifen, mm. 132-146
MONDAY Chant – Formations, mm. 52-60