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Audition Requirements PDF

 

REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS

Personal Statement Video 

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?

REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS

Musical Audition

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
Chamber Orchestra applicants should perform at a minimum tempo of ♩= 90

2. Two assigned music excerpts

Note: Flutists, oboists, and percussionists are required to submit 3 assigned excerpts.

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.”

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.

Assigned Scales & Excerpts per instrument

Viola

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scale:

Ab Major, 3 octaves

Required Excerpts:

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 (Mvmt. 1, mm. 350 to 374)

MOZART: Symphony No. 35 (Mvmt. 4, 10 after rehearsal D to rehearsal E)

 
Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

C Major, 2 octaves + G Major, 2 octaves

Required Excerpts:

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 (Mvmt. 2, mm. 51 to 84)

MENDELSSOHN: Sinfonia No. 2 in D Major (mm. 1 to 22)

Flute / Flauta

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

C Major, 3 octaves, separated up, slurred down +
A Major, 2 octaves, separated up, slurred down

Required Excerpts: (Play all 3)

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3 (mm. 328 to 360)

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 (Mvmt. 4, mm. 89 to 105)

MOZART: Flute Concerto in G Major (Mvmt. 1, mm. 31-91)

Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

Bb Major, 2 octaves, separated up, slurred down + 
D Major, 2 octaves, separated up, slurred down

Required Excerpts:

ANDERSEN: Etudes, Opus 41 (No. 2 – All)

BIZET: L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 (III. Menuet, beginning to rehearsal A)

 

Piccolo (optional) / Piccolo (opcional)

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

A Major, 2 octaves, separated up, slurred down + 
Eb Major, 2 octaves, separated up, slurred down

Required Excerpts:

DVORAK: Symphony No. 9 (Mvmt. 1, 17 mm. after rehearsal 6)

ROSSINI: Semiramide Overture (14 mm. after rehearsal T through rehearsal U)

 

Clarinet / Clarinete

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

E Major (D concert), 3 octaves, separated

Bb Major (Ab concert), 2 octaves, slurred

Required Excerpts:

BERLIOZ: Symphony Fantastique (Mvmt. 3, 3 mm. after rehearsal 43 through rehearsal 44)

MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mvmt. 1, beginning to m. 33)


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

D Major, 2 octaves, slurred

F Major, 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts:

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 (Mvmt. I, m. 316 to rehearsal L)

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 (Movement 3, beginning to m. 23)

 

Bass Clarinet (optional) / Clarinete bajo (opcional)

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

E Major (D concert), 3 octaves, slurred

Ab Major (Gb concert), 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts:

SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Mvmt. 2, rehearsal 23 to 4 mm. before rehearsal 25)

 

Trumpet / Trompeta

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

F# Major (E concert), 2 octaves, slurred

Bb Major (Ab concert), 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts:

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 2 (Trumpet Call)

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures At An Exhibition (Beginning to rehearsal 2)


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

A Major, 2 octaves, slurred

D Major, 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts:

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 2 (Trumpet Call)

TCHAIKOVSKY: Capriccio Italien (Beginning to m. 19)

 

French Horn / Corno

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

C# Major (F# concert), 2 octaves, slurred

Bb Major (Eb concert), 3 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts:

MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mvmt. 7, beginning to m. 34)

STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel (Beginning to rehearsal 1)


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales:

Bb Major (Eb concert), 2 octaves, slurred

F Major (Bb concert), 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts:

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition (Mvmt. 1, 7 mm. after rehearsal 18 to rehearsal 19)

STRAVINSKY: Firebird Suite (Finale, rehearsal 11 to rehearsal 12)

 

Trombone / Trombón

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

D Major, 2 octaves, slurred

G Major, 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts:

BERLIOZ: Hungarian March (1 m. before rehearsal 4 to 3 mm. after rehearsal 5)

WAGNER: Tannhäuser (rehearsal A to 27 mm. before rehearsal B)


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales

D Major, 2 octaves, slurred

G Major, 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Overture (Solo at rehearsal M)

VERDI: Nabucco Overture (mm. 1 to 16)

Bass Trombone / Trombón bajo

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

C Major, 2 octaves, slurred

A Major, 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts:

BERLIOZ: Hungarian March (1 m. before rehearsal 4 to 3 mm. after rehearsal 5)

SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3 (Mvmt. 4, mm. 1 to 23)

 

Tuba

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales:

F Major, 2 octaves, slurred

C Major, 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpts:

MUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain (m. 14 to 11 measures before rehearsal A)

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 (Mvmt. 4, 4 mm. after rehearsal A to rehearsal C)


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales

B-flat Major, 2 octaves, slurred

B-flat Major, 2 octaves, separated

Required Excerpt

ROCHUT: Book 1, No. 2 (mm. 1-16)

Percussion / Percusión

Symphony Orchestra

Required Scales and Rudiments:

Snare: Long roll from pp to FF to pp

Mallets: Db Major AND F# Harmonic Minor

Timpani: Long roll from pp to FF ending on a 4 staccato accented notes (muffling)

Required Excerpt:
Snare (choose 1)

PROKOFIEV: Lieutenant Kije (Mvmt. 1, rehearsal 1 to rehearsal 2)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade (Mvmt. 4, rehearsal P through rehearsal R)

Required Excerpt:
Mallets (choose 1)

MOZART: Die Zauberflöte (No. 8), Glockenspiel

KABALEVSKY: Comedians (rehearsal 15 to rehearsal 16), Xylophone

Required Excerpt:
Timpani (choose 1)

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 (Mvmt. 1, rehearsal T to 2 before rehearsal U)

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture (rehearsal O to end)


Chamber Orchestra

Required Scales and Rudiments:

Snare: Long roll from pp to FF to pp

Mallets: Ab major

Timpani: Long roll from pp to FF ending on a staccato accented note (muffling)

Required Excerpt:
Snare (choose 1)

KABALEVSKY: The Comedians (Mvmt. 2, rehearsal 10 to 1 m. before rehearsal 15)

TCHAIKOVSKY: Marche Slav (Andante Molto Maestoso to end)

Required Excerpt:
Mallets (choose 1)

BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide (mm. 39-45)

SAINT-SAENS: Carnival of the Animals (Mvmt. 12), Xylophone

Required Excerpt:
Timpani (choose 1)

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 (Mvmt. 1, rehearsal F to end)

MOZART: Die Zauberflöte Overture (rehearsal E to end)