UYO&E

Auditions

Auditions will be submitted by video with the Membership Application. The general audition deadline for the year will be in June. We will, however, continue to accept applications throughout the year for new members.

To Audition:

  • 1. Record Your Audition Video

    Your video should include one scale of your choice and two works of contrasting styles comparable to the skill level listed below. Upload your video to a video hosting service (youtube, vimeo, etc) or the cloud service of your choice (google drive, etc.) and copy the link to the appropriate line in the Membership Application.

  • 2. Complete Membership Application

    Both current members and prospective members should fill out the Membership Application. There is a field to upload both a current picture and the link to your audition video.

Placement Considerations

Eligibility

Utah Youth Symphony & Philharmonic

  • Ages 13 to 21
  • Students in middle school, junior high, high school, or college (U of U students are eligible to receive college credit for participation)
  • Consistently studying an instrument with a private teacher
  • Commit to weekly rehearsal schedule for full concert season
  • Expected to be members of school music programs

Utah Youth Junior Symphony

  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Students in middle school, junior high, high school, or very proficient 5th or 6th graders
  • Consistently studying an instrument with a private teacher
  • Commit to weekly rehearsal schedule for full concert season
  • Expected to be members of school music programs

Skill Level

The following are guidelines. We are mostly interested in hearing ten minutes of your best playing.

Utah Youth Symphony & Philharmonic

  • Violin - Bach Concerto in A minor and / or Bach Partita in E major
  • Viola - Seitz Concerto No. 3 in C minor
  • Cello - Bach Suites
  • Bass - One movement of a major concerto
  • Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, and Tuba - One movement from a major concerto; continuous and musically appropriate vibrato
  • Flute, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, and Tuba - One movement from a major concerto; proficient double and triple tonguing
  • Clarinet - One movement from a major concerto; working knowledge of C clarinet transposition; access to an A clarinet
  • Bassoon and Trombone - Proficiency in tenor clef
  • Trumpet and Horn - One movement from a major concerto; beginning proficiency in transposition
  • Harp - A level equivalent to Song in the Night by Salzedo, Sonatina in C Minor by Dussek or Suzuki Book 4; all major and minor scales (harmonic or melodic), two ocatves, hands together
  • Percussion - All rudiments (snare drum); all major and minor scales (harmonic or melodic) (mallets); advanced solos for snare drum, mallets, timpani (including re-tuning)

Utah Youth Junior Symphony

  • Violin and Viola - Proficiency in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions
  • Cello - Knowledge of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions
  • Bass - half, 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions

What to Play for Audition

Utah Youth Symphony & Philharmonic

  • Two prepared pieces - choose one slow and one fast, preferably from major concertos or sonatas by different composers. Do not play multiple movements from the same piece or use All-State etudes. Plan to play without accompaniment
  • Three-octave scales - both major and minor (harmonic or melodic form) and arpeggios in two or three octaves from memory; producing a full, clear tone with solid intonation and musical maturity

Utah Youth Junior Symphony

  • One prepared piece demonstrating current technical level; producing a full clear tone with vibrato.
  • Play a 2-octave major and minor scale from memory; vibrato;
  • Plan to do some sight-reading

Things to Remember

  • Auditions - Both new and returning members for all three orchestras will be required to submit a video with their Membership Application.
  • Attendance - Attendance is required. Our attendance policy has provisions for unavoidable, excused absences. Musicians must commit to a rehearsal schedule for the full concert season. Rehearsals take place at David Gardner Hall at the University of Utah for UYSO and UYPhil, and Fine Arts West for UYJunior.
  • Financial - Tuition for the year is due by the second week of October.
  • Volunteer - There are many opportunities for Parents or Guardians to volunteer. We will have sign-ups on-line prior to any events.
  • Decision - Placement is determined by our directors.  They will judge the best orchestra for each individual. Placement decisions are final.
  • Deadline- Membership Application and Audition videos should be submitted by the end of June. If, however, you are new to the area or miss the deadline, we will continue to accept applications throughout the year.

Scholarship Assistance

One of our values states that no one is to be excluded on the basis of ability to pay.

We offer and make available scholarships, both full and partial,  for those who qualify for assistance.

Please contact us at uyoe@uyoe.org for more information.