PYO Audition question
On the PYO website, it says for the audition requirements that string players have to do ' scales in three octaves, détaché, at various tempi and in ALL major and minor keys." Do they really want to hear all the major and minor scales played, or are they saying that you could be tested on any of them?
lol I seriously doubt they would have time to listen to every single major and minor scale.
For most youth orchestras, audition requirements are stated as such because it is a reasonable expectation that students who wish to earn a position in the ensemble must be able to meet those expectations. At an actual youth orchestra audition, you'll likely be asked to play one of them.
Yeah, I'd be ready to play one major and one melodic minor.
they'll ask for a couple. Practice by getting your friends to ask you for whatever scales they feel like at whatever tempo indication they feel like. "C-sharp minor presto!" "A-flat major slowly!" etc etc
It dosen't hurt to email and inquire more specifically what may be demanded of you. Sometimes the requirements are ambiguous and need more clarity. You could ask if you are allowed to prepare a few scales better rather than all of them.
I was considering auditioning for a local orchestra and frankly a little crestfallen when I saw they don't ask for sight-reading. That's probably my best skill.
I am 99.99% positive that they expect the student to be *prepared* to play any of the scales, but they will only ask for one. Most likely it won't be the easiest (G Major) or the hardest (F# Major) but something in between.