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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. How have you used, or how do you believe you can use your musical experience to shape the world around you? Give us a specific example of this and explain how it has or could impact the people that surround you.

2. What are some of the skills, lessons, and values you’ve learned from studying music that will help you be successful in the life you envision?

3. Who is someone that inspires you, musically or as a person? Tell us about why this musician/person inspires you, and what you have learned about this person’s ability to create inspiration through their work.

Musical Audition
Required for all students

The musical audition is comprised of two sections:

1. Assigned scales:

• String Players must perform each assigned scale twice with the following articulations:

1. Slurred articulation
2. Detaché

• Winds, Brass, & Percussion Players must perform each assigned scale with the articulations specified under their instrument.

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

2. Required music 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.

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

Audition Scales & Excerpt Requirements

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

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: Applicants aged 14 who are not selected for the Symphony Orchestra will automatically be considered for the Chamber Orchestra.

Chamber Orchestra

Musicians 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

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

D Major, 3 octaves (8th notes, 4 slurred at Quarter = 60, then separate bows twice as fast - 16th notes)

A Melodic Minor, 3 octaves (8th notes, 4 slurred at Quarter = 60, then separate bows twice as fast - 16th notes)

Required Excerpts:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (Mvm’t 4: Reh C to mm. 192)

Mozart, W.A: Symphony No. 39 (Mvm't 2: Beginning to downbeat of mm.38 (no repeat) 

 
Chamber Orchestra

Required Scale:

B flat Major, 3 octaves

A Melodic Minor, 3 octaves

Required Excerpts:

Suk: Serenade for Strings (Mvm’t 1: mm. 1 to 35 (downbeat only)

Dvorak: Serenade for Strings (Mvm’t 3: mm. 1 to 42)  

 

Viola

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

C Major, 3 octaves (any bowing and tempo that is comfortable for you)

A Melodic Minor, 3 octaves (any bowing and tempo that is comfortable for you) 

Required Excerpts:

Rossini: William Tell (9 before D to 9 after D)  

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (Mvm’t 4, K to 8 before L) 

 
Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

C Major, 3 octaves

D Melodic Major, 3 octaves

Required Excerpts:

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 ( Mvm’t 3 - Viola 1 part: mm. 1 to 12) (Dotted Q = 66) 

Kalinnikov: Serenade for Strings (Mvm’t 1: mm. B to D) (Q = 60-64) 

Cello / Violinchelo

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scale:

C Major, 3 octaves (Separate bows) 

E Melodic Minor, 3 octaves (Separate bows) 

Required Excerpts:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (Letter O to end of page) 

Rossini: William Tell (Beginning to mm. 47) 


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scale:

E flat Major, 2 octaves 

A Melodic Minor, 2 octaves 

Required Excerpts:

Grieg Holberg Suite (Mvm’t 4: Q to the end (play top line of the divisi) 

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 (Mvm’t 1: mm. D to E) (Q = 112) 

 

Bass / Bajo

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

E major 3 octaves

D Minor, 2 octaves (Melodic or Harmonic - musicians choice)

Required Excerpts:

Rossini: William Tell Overture (C to downbeat of 13 after D) 

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (I to 8 after K) 


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

G Major, 2 octaves

F Major, 2 octaves 

Required Excerpts:

Saint- Saens: Carnival of the Animals (The Elephant) 

Beethoven: Symphany No. 6 (Mvmt 1 – mm 13 to mm 28 & mm 83 to mm 104) 

Flute / Flauta

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

A Major, 2 octaves, slurred

D flat Major, 2 or 3 octaves (musicians' choice), tongued

Required Excerpts:

Rossini: William Tell (6 mm after the Andante to the Allegro) 

Fernandez: Batuque (Reh 4 to 6) 


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

B flat major, 2 octaves

D major, 2 octaves

Required Excerpts:

Bizet: Menuet from L'Arlesienne Suite No.2 (Beginning to D) 

Ravel: Bolero (Beginning to Reh. 1)  

 

*Piccolo (Optional)

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

A Major, 2 octaves 

B flat Major, 2 octaves 

Required Excerpts:

Rossini: William Tell (17 after N to P) 

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (Reh. H to Reh. I) 

Oboe

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

D flat Major, 2 octaves, slurred 

E Major, 2 octaves, articulated

Required Excerpts:

Coleridge-Taylor: Petite Suite de Concert No. 4 (Coda)  

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major (mm. 8 to Reh A) 


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

D Major, 2 octaves, articulated 

D Minor, 2 octaves, slurred 

Required Excerpts:

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (mm. 19 to 27) 

Bernstein: Overture to Candide (mm. 95 to 118) 

 

Clarinet / Clarinete

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

E Major, 3 octaves, articulated 

B flat Minor, 2 octaves, slurred 

Required Excerpts:

Rossini: William Tell  (Reh. F to G – Transpose to Bb, it's written in C)  

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2. (1) Mvmt 2, mm 3 to 10; (2) Mvmt 2, Reh. F to four before G) 


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

F Major, 3 octaves 

Chromatic Scale low E to E above 3 octaves 

Required Excerpts:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (Letter E to 13 after E) 

Rossini: William Tell (mm. 243 to 259 – don't play last two notes of mm. 259) 

 

*Bass Clarinet (Optional)

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

E Major, 2 octaves 

Chromatic scale low E to high C 

Required Excerpts:

Strauss: Don Quixote (Reh. 14 to 15 and 3 after 16)  

Grainger: The Brisk Young Sailor (Beginning to 17) 

Bassoon / Fagot

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

C Major, 3 octaves, slurred 

F# Harmonic Minor, 2 octaves, tongued 

Required Excerpts: 

Fernandez: Batuque (reh. 14 to 16) 

Rossini: William Tell (Reh. C to 1 after D) 

 
Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

A Major, 2 octaves, slurred 

G Harmonic Minor, 2 octaves, tongued 

Required Excerpts:

Rossini: William Tell (mm 377 to the downbeat of mm. 407)  

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (Mvmt 2 mm 274 to the end) 

 

Trumpet / Trompeta

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

A flat Major, 2 octaves 

B Major, 2 octaves 

Required Excerpts:

Fernandez: Batuque (reh. 15 to end) Trumpet in C 

Tchaikovsky Symphony 2 (Mvm’t 4 - 8 before K to L)  


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

E flat Major, 1 octave

G Major, 2 octaves 

Required Excerpts:

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (Trumpet call – played twice: first time should be full, the second time should be louder) 

Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5 (8 mm. Before L to 5 after M) 

 

French Horn / Corno

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

C Major written (F concert) 3 octaves, slurred 

G Chromatic scale, 2 octaves, tongued 

Required Excerpts:

Rossini: William Tell Overture (Horn III in E - mm. 230 to mm. 300 (reh K) 

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Horn in E-flat – Mvmt 3 mm 171 to 202) 


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

F Major (B flat concert), 2 octaves, slurred  

G Major (D concert), 2 octaves, tongued 

Required Excerpts:

Stravinsky: Firebird, Finale: Lento maestoso (Horn I in F - Reh. 11 to 12) 

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Op. 3 (Horn II in F - mm. 1 to 20 (beginning – 7 after A) 

 

Trombone / Trombón

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

B flat Major, 2 octaves 

G Major, 2 octaves 

Required Excerpts:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2 (Trombone 1: Reh Q to R) 

Rossini: William Tell Overture (1st Trombone: Reh P to 6 before Q) 


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales

F Major, 2 octaves 

B flat Major, 1 octave 

Required Excerpts

Bordogni: Etude #2 (mm. 1 to 17 Fermata) 

Verdi: Nabucco Overture (Trombone 1: mm. 1 to 17) 

 

*Bass Trombone / Trombón bajo (Optional)

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

D Major, 2 octaves 

C Major, 2 octaves

Required Excerpts:

Rossini: William Tell Overture (Letter P to 6 before Q) 

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (Letter Q to R)  

 

Tuba

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

G Major, 2 octaves 

B flat Major, 2 octaves 

Required Excerpts:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (Reh Q to R) 

Fernandez: Batuque (reh.5 to 6) 


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

F Major, 1 octave 

B flat Major, 1 octave 

Required Excerpt:

Verdi: Nabucco Overture (m.1-17) 

Bordogni: Etude #3 (Beginning to mm 17) 

Percussion / Percusión

We understand that access to percussion instruments may be limited due to the pandemic. Please contact yola@laphil.org if you are unable to access specific instruments for the excerpts listed below.

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales and Rudiments:

Snare: Roll from pp to FF to pp  
Mallets: A flat Major AND G Harmonic Minor AND Chromatic (2 octaves) 
Timpani: Roll from pp to FF to pp

Required Excerpt:
Snare

Fernandez: Batuque (reh. 9 to 13) 

Korsakov: Scheherazade (Mvm’t 4 Reh. P to Reh. R - No Buzz Rolls, doubles or single strokes to be used only) 

Required Excerpt:
Mallets

Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice (4 after Reh. 17 to 3 before Reh. 20) 

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Reh 13 to Reh 15) 

Required Excerpt:
Timpani

Beethoven: Symphony 1 (Mvm’t 3 pickup to A to the Trio) 

Rossini: William Tell (M to N) 


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales and Rudiments:

Snare: Roll from pp to FF to pp

Mallets: A major AND B flat Major (2 octaves)

Timpani: Roll from pp to FF pp

Required Excerpt:
Snare

Ravel: Bolero (mm 1 to 4 – play twice: first time pp, second time FF)  

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije (Mvmt. 1: 1 to 2)  

Required Excerpt:
Mallets

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances (Mvmt 3 - 3 before 65 to 1 before 66) 

Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals - The Fossils 

Required Excerpt:
Timpani
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (Mvmt. 1, 17 after the Allegro con Brio to A) 
Holst: The Planets (Beginning to Reh 1)