Audition Requirements

MARIN SYMPHONY YOUTH PROGRAMS 2020-21 SEASON

Announcing Marin Symphony Youth Programs 20-21 Season Auditions 66th season!

The Marin Symphony Youth Programs 20-21 season is being reinvented to offer the highest quality musical, educational, and social experience to our young musicians. In order to ensure a safe experience, the Fall semester from September-December will be exclusively online. All auditions will be by video submission. We are optimistic that the January-May schedule will include rehearsing together in chamber groups, then larger groups, culminating in a live concert in May.

Highlights of the Fall 20-21 season:

  • weekly orchestra rehearsals online with conductors
  • weekly break out groups to facilitate social interactions and individual feedback
  • masterclasses and group sectionals with professional musicians from the Marin Symphony
  • seminars on recording engineering, audition preparation, and how to practice for peak performance
  • learning great repertoire in new ways – score reading, listening assignments, theory lessons
  • collaborative video performance in December

All applications and video audition submissions are due by Sunday, August 16th.
Placement results will be sent out on Tuesday, September 1st.
The opening retreat of the season for all orchestras will be an online event on Sunday, September 13th.

MSYP is planning on a great 20-21 season! We hope you’ll join us to continue your musical journey through this unique time.
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 YouTube (make sure it is unlisted and only viewable via a link) and email the link, or b) email the video directly. Send email to youth@marinsymphony.org before the application deadline, August 16th.

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


OVERTURE STRING ENSEMBLE

TUITION: Overture $600 (full year)
REHEARSALS: 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:
• The measure numbers of the excerpt and the music can be found in the Dropbox folder. 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 $700 (full year)
REHEARSALS: 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:
• The measure numbers of the excerpt and the music can be found in the Dropbox folder. 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 $800 (full year)
REHEARSALS: 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:
• The measure numbers of the excerpt and the music can be found in the Dropbox folder. 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