Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra Audition Requirements

  • Solo work of the student’s choice, an excerpt about 1-2 minutes in length - grade 6 and up recommended. Please bring a copy of the piece to the adjudicators at the time of audition. 
  • Scales and arpeggios
  • Sight-reading may be required 

Scales and Arpeggios

Strings

  • Chromatic scales may be asked - play one octave starting on any note.
  • Students may be asked to play with various articulations such as martelĂ© or staccato.

Violin

  • Major - (2 octaves) Dd, F, F# (3 octaves) A, Bb 
  • Melodic minor - (2 octaves) c#, f, f# (3 octaves) a, bb

Viola

  • Major - (2 octaves) F#, Bb, B (3 octaves) C, D 
  • Melodic minor - (2 octaves) f#, bb, b (3 octaves) c, d

Cello

  • Major - (2 octaves) E, F#, Ab, B (3 octaves) C, D
  • Melodic Minor - (2 octaves) e, f#, g#, b (3 octaves) c, d

Bass

  • Major - (2 octaves) F, F#, G
  • Melodic Minor - (2 octaves) f, f#, g

Winds

  • All scales and arpeggios are to be played slurred, 2 octaves, ascending and descending at a tempo which best shows your proficiency
  • Scales will be played ascending and descending
  • Arpeggios will be played in the common chords for the same keys

Flute

  • Major - (2 octaves) up to 5 sharps and 5 flats
  • Melodic or harmonic minor - (2 octaves) e, b, f#, c#, d, g, c, f
  • Chromatic - (3 octaves) start on C

Oboe

  • Major - (a 12th) F#, Ab (2 octaves) Bb, B Db, E, F
  • Melodic or harmonic minor - (a 12th) g, g# (2 octaves) bb, b, c#, f
  • Chromatic - (2 octaves) start on Bb, C, Eb, E

Clarinet

  • Major - (2 octaves) Ab, Bb, B, Db, D, Eb (3 octaves) E
  • Melodic or harmonic minor - (2 octaves) g#, a, bb, b, c# (3 octaves) e
  • Chromatic - (2 octaves) start on F, A,  C (3 octaves) starts on E

Bassoon

  • Major - (2 octaves: Db, D, Eb, E, Ab (3 octaves) Bb, B
  • Melodic or harmonic minor - (2 octaves) c#, e, g, g# (3 octaves) bb, b
  • Chromatic - (2 octaves) start on E, F, A (3 octaves) start on Bb

French Horn

  • Major - (2 octaves) C, Db, F#, Ab
  • Melodic or harmonic minor - (2 octaves) c#, eb, g, a
  • Chromatic - (2 octaves) start on E, F, F#, G