Audition Information

2020-2021 Season
Current and prospective members audition each season before a panel of independent judges and ESYO conductors in order to determine the best placement to nourish their personal and musical development. 
Auditions are scheduled by instrument and not by an ensemble. Except in cases to fill a vacancy. Scroll down for a list of vacancies, application, excerpts, and guidelines. 

Audition Materials

Audition requirements may vary based on instrument and skill level.

All audition applicants should be prepared to perform a solo piece with contrasting sections or two separate pieces. Experienced and more advanced String instrumentalists should prepare the required excerpts. Beginner or more intermediate String musicians should prepare 3 different scales. All Woodwind and Brass players should prepare the required excerpts for their instrument. No scales are required for woodwinds and brass.  See the Video Submission Guidelines below for more information. 

ESYO will conduct 2020-2021 auditions online using Acceptd, an online application and audition platform. 

ONGOING AUDITIONS TO FILL VACANCIES

Schedule an Audition Today!

ESYO will begin accepting audition applications to fill vacancies in select ensembles. New applicants are encouraged to audition online using Acceptd.com.  Auditions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all vacancies are filled. 

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Young jazz musician playing Trombone

Jazz Vacancies

Guitar
Bass - Acoustic preferred, electric accepted
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet
Trombone
Drumset

Smiling boy and girl playing mallet percussion

Classical Percussion Vacancies

Play all of the following:
Snare drum
Cymbals
Xylophone
Tambourine
Bells
Triangle
Bass Drum
Timpani (after consultation with conductor)

ESYO Senior playing Trumpet at Playathon

Classical Vacancies

Bassoon- Wind Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra
Horn - Repertory Orchestra, Wind Orchestra
Trumpet - Wind Orchestra
Euphonium - Wind Orchestra
Viola - Concertino Strings (Level 2-4)


How to Audition Online

Step by Step to Submitting A Online Audition
  1. Prepare your audition materials. 
  2. Complete the audition application on Acceptd, an online application tool. 
  3. Pay the $50 non-refundable audition fee or get a fee waiver.  
  4. Record your audition materials. You should record (1) video for each solo piece and (1) video for your prepared excerpts/scales or Jazz improvisation. 
  5. Submit audition materials online.
2020-2021 Percussion Auditions

ESYO will schedule live percussion auditions later in the summer when the time is right. Percussionists must complete and submit an audition application.

2020-2021 Piano & Harp Auditions

ESYO welcomes auditions for jazz piano and classical harp.  Placement for jazz piano and harp are limited and determined by repertoire.  ESYO is not auditioning classical piano for the 2020-2021 season. 


Audition Expectations & Requirements 

In preparation for an audition, you should familiarize yourself with the expectations and requirements of each performing group. Although auditions are scheduled by instrument not by ensemble, in order to be considered for an intermediate or advanced group, you must be prepared to meet the audition expectations and requirements described below.

CLASSICAL ORCHESTRAS
Symphony Orchestra
  • All instruments:
    • Solo:
      • Should be from the standard repertoire
      • Should be equivalent to NYSSMA Level VI
      • Should demonstrate both slow, lyrical playing and faster, more technical playing.  You may play one work with contrasting passages/movements or two separate pieces.
      • Does not have to be listed in the NYSSMA Manual
      • Does not have to be memorized
      • Be prepared to play any section of your solo as requested by the judge (e.g., learn the entire solo)
  • Orchestral excerpt– should prepare ALL excerpts even though you may not be asked to play all of them during your audition. 
  • Specific Instruments:
    • Violins – be comfortable playing in 1st through 7th positions
    • Violas – be comfortable playing in 1st through 7th positions
    • Cellos & Basses – be comfortable playing in 1st through 7th positions and thumb position; should be able to play in three clefs (working knowledge of treble clef); should be able to sight-read in tenor clef and 1st through 5th positions
    • Clarinets – be able to transpose clarinet in A
    • Horns – be able to transpose; be familiar with bass clef
    • Trumpets – be able to transpose
    • Trombones – be able to play both tenor and alto clef
    • Harp – this position will be for September 2020 through December 2020.
Repertory Orchestra
  • All instruments:
    • Solo:
      • Should be from the standard repertoire
      • Should be equivalent to NYSSMA Level V or VI
      • Should demonstrate both slow, lyrical playing and faster, more technical playing.  You may play one work with contrasting passages/movements or two separate pieces.
      • Does not have to be listed in the NYSSMA Manual
      • Does not have to be memorized
      • Be prepared to play any section of your solo as requested by the judge (e.g., learn the entire solo)
  • Orchestral excerpts – should prepare ALL excerpts even though you may not be asked to play all of them during your audition. 
  • Specific Instruments:
    • Violins – be comfortable playing in 1st through 5th positions
    • Violas – be comfortable playing in 1st through 5th positions
    • Cellos – be comfortable playing in 1st through 7th positions; should understand and be beginning to work in thumb position; should have strong knowledge of tenor clef and beginning knowledge of treble clef
    • Basses – be comfortable playing in 1st through 6th positions; be comfortable playing in tenor clef; should have beginning knowledge of thumb position and treble clef (but not required for solos)
    • Clarinets – be able to transpose clarinet in A
    • Horns – have working knowledge of transpositions; be familiar with bass clef
    • Trumpets – working knowledge of transpositions
    • Trombones – be comfortable reading tenor and have a working knowledge of alto clef
Wind Orchestra
  • All instruments:
    • Solo:
      • Should be equivalent to NYSSMA Level IV
      • Should demonstrate your current level of accomplishment
      • Should demonstrate both slow, lyrical playing and faster, more technical playing.  You may play one work with contrasting passages/movements or two separate pieces.
      • Does not have to be listed in the NYSSMA Manual
      • Does not have to be memorized
      • Be prepared to play any section of your solo as requested by the judge (e.g., learn the entire solo)
  • Orchestral excerpts – should prepare AS MANY as you can. 
  • Specific Instruments
    • Flutes/piccolos must play at NYSSMA Level V or above
String Orchestra
  • NO Excerpts are required.

  • Solo
    1. Prepare one or two pieces that best demonstrate your current level of playing. Be prepared to demonstrate some use of vibrato.

      Violins – solo should be equivalent to NYSSMA Level IV or Suzuki Book 4; should be able to demonstrate shifting through 3rd position.
      Violas – solo should be equivalent to Suzuki Book 3; should be able to demonstrate shifting through 3rd position. 
      Cellos & Basses – solo should be equivalent to Suzuki Book 3; should be able to demonstrate shifting through 4th position.

    2. Should be able to demonstrate bow control, accuracy of tune and ability to make tune corrections as necessary.
    3. Be prepared to play any section of your solo(s) as requested by the judges.
    4. Solos do not have to be memorized.
    5. Bring your music to the audition as well as a second copy for the judges. A photocopy is fine.

  • ScalesStudents must play 3 scales. One scale must be two octave (except for bass). Only one scale can start on an open string.
Concertino Strings
  • NO Excerpts are required. 

  • Solo
    1. Prepare one or two pieces NYSSMA level 2 or 3 or the equivalent that best demonstrate your current level of playing. 
    2.  Should be able to demonstrate bow control, accuracy of tune and ability to make tune corrections as necessary.
    3. Be prepared to play any section of your solo(s) as requested by the judges.
    4. Solos do not have to be memorized.
    5. Bring your music to the audition as well as a second copy for the judges. A photocopy is fine.

  • ScalesStudents must play 3 scales.  One scale must be two octave (except for bass).  Only one scale can start on an open string.

JAZZ ORCHESTRAS
Youth Jazz Orchestra | Repertory Jazz Orchestra
  • Repertory Jazz Orchestra: Reserved for developing jazz students with a focus on performance literature equivalent to NYSSMA levels III – V
  • Youth Jazz Orchestra: Reserved for advanced, more experienced students with a focus on performance literature equivalent to NYSSMA levels V and VI

  • All Instruments
    • Recorded accompaniment is optional. 
    • Improvisation is optional. Students who choose to improvise should use a recorded accompaniment for their improvising portion of the audition.
      • Click here to access accompaniment options.
      • Students are welcome to use another song of their choice.

  • Specific Instruments
    • Saxophones/Trumpets/Trombones
      • Prepared jazz solo and/or transcription equivalent to NYSSMA Level III or above
        • Possible sources for solos: Charlie Parker Omnibook, Jim Snidero series; Greg Fishman études; Bob Mintzer études.
      • Improvisation not required but the ability to improvise may increase the chance of acceptance
    • Drumset
      • Prepared jazz solo and/or transcription equivalent to NYSMMA Level III or above
        • Possible sources for solos: The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley or Jazz Drumset Solos by Rich Thompson
      • Demonstrate proficiency in various styles including rock/funk, swing, Latin (salsa/Cuban, samba, bossa nova), waltz, and ballad (with brushes) at various tempos.
      • Trade 4’s – Play four measures of time followed by four measures of a solo in a style and tempo selected by the adjudicator
      • Provided at the audition: Drumset; please bring your own sticks/brushes and cymbals
    • Piano / Guitar/ Bass
      • Prepared jazz solo equivalent to NYSSMA Level III or above that demonstrates ability to comp chord changes and interpret a melodic line (swing, Latin, ballad, fund, etc.)
      • Improvisation not required but the ability to improvise may increase the chance of acceptance
      • Provided at the audition:
        • Guitar Amp (only); please bring your instrument and needed cable(s)
        • Acoustic piano
    • Bass Guitar – Acoustic bass preferred but electric bass may audition
      • Prepared jazz solo equivalent to NYSSMA Level III or above that demonstrates ability to V or above that demonstrates ability to walk a standard swing written bass line or a bass line from chord changes
      • Ability to demonstrate other styles (Latin, ballad, funk, etc.)
      • Improvisation not required but the ability to improvise may increase the chance of acceptance
      • Provided at the audition:
        • Bass amp (only); please bring your instrument and needed cable(s)

PERCUSSION 
Percussion Ensembles

The audition process for percussionists differs from those for classical and jazz as it includes two rounds of auditions being held on consecutive days. Excerpts will be sent to the applicant for preparation for the preliminary and final rounds of auditions; only applicants who are invited to the final round of auditions will be asked to sight-read. No prepared solo is required.

Applicants are asked to contact Richard Albagli at (518) 272-7828 after they have submitted their online application and paid the audition fee to ESYO. Mr. Albagli will cover the audition process in detail, will make arrangements for a coaching session for percussionists new to ESYO, and will arrange to send you the required excerpts.

Although you are NOT auditioning for a specific ensemble, the following parameters will give you an idea of the skill level expected of musicians on specific instruments:

  • Youth Percussion Ensemble / Symphony Orchestra
    • Expected to be able to play all excerpts for all percussion instruments (except timpani)
  • Repertory Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Percussion Ensemble
    • Should prepare as much of the excerpts as able at your current skill level.
  • For all percussion instruments EXCEPT timpani: snare drum, xylophone, bells, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine and triangle (see below if interested in auditioning on timpani)
    • Prepared percussion music excerpts
      • Excerpts will be sent to you after you have submitted the online application and paid the audition fee, and called Richard Albagli at (518)272-7828.
      • Recommended that you review excerpts with your private teacher; and/or schedule a pre-audition coaching session (for new members) with Mr. Albagli
    • Instruments provided at the audition: All percussion instruments and specialty mallets are provided; applicants should bring their own sticks and may, if they wish, bring smaller instruments e.g., snare drum, triangle, cymbals, tambourine)
  • Timpani
    • Must demonstrate some knowledge of how to play the instrument to Mr. Albagli before being invited to audition. 

CHORALE
Melodies of Christmas Chorale
  • Auditions will be held in September 2020.
  • Must be in grades 10, 11 or 12 by September 2020.
  • Prepare all the excerpts.  The audition will include a NYSSMA level 5 sight-reading selection.
  • Must be able to attend all performances (December 17-20, 2020).
  • Must be able to attend Tuesday evening rehearsals beginning in October. 
  • Teacher evaluation required.