Audition Requirements

So you’ve decided to audition for OKYO? Excellent! This page will help you determine the specific requirements for your instrument.

Requirements differ by instrument, and are flexible to accommodate different skill levels. Please not when choosing your audition materials that auditions are typically no longer than 5 to 6 minutes for most instruments, so please plan accordingly. If you have more questions about the audition and placement process you can visit our Join page or contact the Program Manager.

Note to returning students: The process may have changed since your last audition, so be sure to read through the requirements below!

Strings

Students auditioning on violin, viola, cello, and bass are eligible for placement in the following ensembles.

  • Philharmonia
  • Sinfonia
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic (OYP)
  • Oklahoma Youth Orchestra (OYO)

Students are placed into one of the above ensembles based on their standing in the overall pool of applicants and the best educational benefit for their current level. Auditions are not for one particular ensemble.

Each audition should consist of the following.

  1. A major scale. Advanced students should perform a three octave scale, preferably employing vibrato, at a tempo of ♩ = 84-92, using quarter notes. Younger students may opt to perform a two octave scale, preferably employing shifting, also at the tempo of ♩= 84-92, using quarter notes. Choose a scale that fits your current skill level.
  2. A piece of your choice. Students may prepare a single piece, etude, or a set of excerpts displaying technical and lyrical ability. Advanced students should demonstrate the ability to shift into two or more upper positions (third position or higher) with frequency and ease, and should employ vibrato in their performance. Younger students may select pieces from their current Suzuki level book or equivalent materials, preferably demonstrating the ability to shift and employ vibrato if possible. Choose a piece that best represents your current abilities. 

Younger students may be asked to do a simple sight-reading. All students in our program MUST have the ability to read music.

Winds & Brass

Students auditioning on woodwind and brass instruments are eligible for placement in the following ensembles.

  • Oklahoma Youth Winds (OYW)
  • Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic (OYP)
  • Oklahoma Youth Orchestra (OYO)

Students performing on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba are eligible for all three groups. Non-orchestral winds and brass instruments are only eligible for placement in OYW. This includes all saxophones, low clarinets, euphonium, etc. Students will also be given the chance to indicate a preference for being placed in either the wind ensemble (OYW) or one of the full orchestras (OYO or OYP), though this preference does not guarantee placement as indicated.

Students are placed into one of the above ensembles based on their standing in the overall pool of applicants and the best educational benefit for their current level. Auditions are not for one particular ensemble.

Each audition should consist of the following.

  1. A major scale. Students should perform a two octave major scale of their choice at a tempo of ♩ = 84-92, using quarter notes.
  2. A piece of your choice. Students may prepare a single piece, etude, or a set of excerpts displaying technical and lyrical ability. This material should demonstrate students’ abilities at their best in the short time frame of the audition.
Percussion

Percussionists with OKYO will have the chance to perform with all of the following three ensembles.

  • Oklahoma Youth Winds (OYW)
  • Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic (OYP)
  • Oklahoma Youth Orchestra (OYO)

Some students may perform with only one group or with all three throughout the season according the particular parts they are assigned based on their individual skills.

Each audition will consist of the following.

  1. A solo piece of your choice. Students should prepare a marimba, snare, or timpani solo of their choice. This piece should display their abilities at their best in the allotted audition time.
  2. Snare rudiments. Students should be prepared to perform rudimental rolls, flams, and paradiddles.
  3. Timpani. Students will be asked to perform long rolls from ppp to fff dynamics, and will also be asked to tune drums to perfect fourths and fifths.

All necessary instruments will be provided at your audition, but you will need to supply your own mallets/sticks.

Guitar

Check back here at a later date for more information!

Piano & Harp

Our ensembles occasionally perform works that include piano or harp parts. Because we cannot guarantee that any given performance will include these instruments we ask that  you contact the Program Manager before registering for an audition. Students who are already a member of one of our ensembles on another instrument, or who are interested in joining with a secondary instrument are given preference.

Registration for the 2019-2020 auditions has close as of May 16th.