Audition Requirements

MARIN SYMPHONY YOUTH PROGRAMS 2021-22 SEASON

Announcing Marin Symphony Youth Programs 2021-22 Season Auditions 67th season!

Due to Covid-19, MSYO switched to an all-virtual format with Zoom rehearsals and virtual concerts. We are very excited to resume in-person rehearsals and performances for the 2021-22 season as soon as we are safely able to do so. Please check back for updates in the coming months as we follow the guidance of Marin County and the State of California. All auditions will be by video submission. We are optimistic that the schedule will include rehearsing together in larger groups, culminating in a live concert in May. Rehearsal location is TBD.

All applications and video audition submissions are due by Sunday, August 22nd.
– Students will be notified before September 5th on their acceptance. –

MSYP is planning on a great 21-22 season! We hope you’ll join us to continue your musical journey. Here’s some great advice from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra on making a video audition.
Here’s an example video by our Youth Programs Director, Andrei Gorchov
VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Use the horizontal landscape (as opposed to the vertical portrait) orientation to frame your video
  • Make sure your face, instrument, and both arms are captured in the video and face toward the camera
  • Use the best lighting possible – natural light from a window, or a lamp or artificial light from the front would be best
  • Check the audio level to make sure it is loud enough but not overly loud
  • Clearly label your video file with your name, instrument, and ensemble for which you’re auditioning (example: Richard Smith VIOLIN 2 MSYO)
  • Order of selections should be as follows: 1 Major scale and arpeggio your choice, 1 Minor scale and arpeggio your choice, Solo piece (3-5 minutes total, unaccompanied (skip long rests)), Excerpt
  • You are welcome to introduce yourself briefly and announce your selections before playing each one
  • You may record each selection separately and combine selections to assemble your final video
  • When you are finished, you can a) upload your video to Dropbox (enter student name when prompted for upload name), or b) email the video directly. Send email to youth@marinsymphony.org before the application deadline, August 22nd, 2021.

Click here to go to Application Form.  Note: There is a $15 application fee.


ALL ENSEMBLE CLASSES WILL BE IN HELD IN-PERSON IN 2021-22

OVERTURE STRING ENSEMBLE

TUITION: Overture $650 (full year)
REHEARSALS: Sundays 11:30 – 12:45PM, Location TBD
Program Requirements:
Ages 8-13. Must study privately with a teacher on your orchestral instrument. We strongly encourage all of our students to participate in their school music programs.

Eligibility guidelines for Overture are:
-Completion of at least one year of study on violin, viola, cello or bass with a private teacher and/or in a school music program.
-Proficiency in reading rhythmic values from whole to eighth notes and rests.
-A basic understanding of accidentals and key signatures and their effect on fingerings.
-Some knowledge of shifting is helpful but not necessary.

Audition Requirements:
In the performance of your solo and excerpts, please skip over rests longer than 2 measures. Count rests less than 2 measures.

1. Scales:
• One major scale in as many octaves as the player is comfortable
• One melodic minor scale in as many octaves as comfortable

2. Solo piece:
• One solo piece of your choice representing your current abilities, approximately 2-4 minutes in length, unaccompanied. Cuts can be made to
include contrasting sections, or play through until the allotted time.

3. Required excerpts:
• Will be e-mailed out to applicants as they become available. String players please follow all bowings that are marked on the music. Your attention to bow direction, use, speed, and technique will count toward your audition results.


CRESCENDO ORCHESTRA

TUITION: Crescendo $750 (full year)
REHEARSALS: Sundays 1:00 – 2:40PM, Location TBD
Program Requirements:
Ages 10-17. Must study privately with a teacher on your orchestral instrument. We strongly encourage all of our students to participate in their school music programs.

Audition Requirements:
In the performance of your solo and excerpts, please skip over rests longer than 2 measures. Count rests less than 2 measures.

1. Scales:
• One major scale in as many octaves as the player is comfortable
• One melodic minor scale in as many octaves as comfortable

2. Solo piece:
• One solo piece of your choice representing your current abilities, approximately 2-4 minutes in length, unaccompanied. Cuts can be made to
include contrasting sections, or play through until the allotted time.

3. Required excerpts:
• Will be e-mailed out to applicants as they become available. String players please follow all bowings that are marked on the music. Your attention to bow direction, use, speed, and technique will count toward your audition results.


MARIN SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

TUITION: MSYO $850 (full year)
REHEARSALS: Sundays 3:00 – 6:00PM, Location TBD
Program Requirements:
Participant age ranges from 12-18. Students must study privately with a teacher on their orchestral instrument and we encourage all of our students to participate in their school music programs. Most members in the orchestra have been playing their instrument for four years or longer. Students are required to set aside time outside of rehearsals to learn their music and are strongly urged to work on their parts with private teachers at their teachers’ convenience.

Audition Requirements:
In the performance of your solo and excerpts, please skip over rests longer than 2 measures. Count rests less than 2 measures.

1. Scales:
• One major scale in as many octaves as the player is comfortable, followed by the arpeggio. One minor scale in as many octaves as the player is comfortable, followed by the arpeggio.

2. Solo piece:
• One solo piece of your choice representing your current abilities, approximately 3-5 minutes in length, unaccompanied. Cuts can be made to
include contrasting sections, or play through until the allotted time.

3. Required excerpts:
• Will be e-mailed out to applicants as they become available. String players please follow all bowings that are marked on the music. Your attention to bow direction, use, speed, and technique will count toward your audition results.


Contact Andrei Gorchov, Youth Programs Administrator at 415.479.8105 or youth@marinsymphony.org.

Marin Symphony Youth Programs

c/o The Marin Symphony
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 409c
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415.479.8105