2019-2020 IFYS & IFYSE Auditions

AUDITION SIGN-UPS FOR 2019-2020 ARE NOW CLOSED. WE HAVE HAD ALMOST 90 STUDENTS SIGN UP AND CANNOT ACCOMMODATE ANY LATE REQUESTS.

Eligibility:

  • Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to play in the Youth Symphony. Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to play in the Youth String Ensemble. All levels are encouraged to audition.

  • Students are expected to be regular members of their school orchestra, band, or choir class. Our programs are meant to compliment and enhance the music education students are receiving in their schools.

  • Youth Symphony rehearsals are on Thursday evenings 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Youth String Ensemble rehearsals are 7:00-8:30pm, from September through December and January through April. Excellent attendance is expected.

  • There is a $65.00 annual tuition fee for new and returning members of the Youth Symphony and Youth String Ensemble. This fee will be due upon acceptance; there is NO COST to audition for the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony or Youth String Ensemble.

Audition Date/Time/Place:

  • ALL AUDITION SPOTS FOR 2019-2020 HAVE BEEN CLAIMED. NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS CAN TAKE PLACE.

  • Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will take place on May 28, 29, and 30, 2019. Applicants must fill out a form in order to be assigned a time slot. Please do not arrive without having received a time slot, as we probably will not be able to accommodate you!

  • Students should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their audition time to warm-up. There will be a shared warm-up space available for all musicians, and parents are welcome to join their students in the warm-up space. Parents will not be permitted in the audition room.

  • Auditions will take place at Idaho Falls High School.

  • Email questions to our Education Coordinator, Daniel Doherty, at education@ifsymphony.org.

  • All interested applicants must fill out a registration form to request a time slot. In years past we have had over 70 students audition, so if you do not request a time, we may not be able to accommodate you. You will receive your confirmed audition time on Friday, May 10th. Adjustments to scheduling can be accommodated until Friday, May 24th.

Strings (YOUTH SYMPHONY ONLY):

  1. Be prepared to play two of the following scales, one major, one minor (3-octave is preferred): Violin: G major and minor and A major and minor; Viola & Cello: C major and minor and D major and minor; Bass: E major and minor and D major and minor. One scale should be slurred, 2, 4, 6, or 8 notes per bow. The other should be played spiccato, 4 bow repetitions per pitch (16th notes) at your own comfortable speed. Scales must be played from memory.

  2. A short (32 measures), slow selection of your choice.

  3. A short (32 measures), fast selection of your choice.

  4. Be prepared to sight-read.

Strings (Youth String Ensemble ONLY):

  1. Be prepared to play two of the following scales, one major, one minor (2-octave is preferred): Violin: G major and minor and A major and minor; Viola & Cello: C major and minor and D major and minor; Bass: E major and minor and D major and minor. One scale should be slurred, 2, 4, 6, or 8 notes per bow. The other should be played spiccato, 4 bow repetitions per pitch (16th notes) at your own comfortable speed. Scales must be played from memory.

  2. A short (32 measures), slow selection of your choice.

  3. A short (32 measures), fast selection of your choice.

  4. Be prepared to sight-read.

Woodwinds and Brass:

  1. Be prepared to play C Major, F Major, B-Flat Major, A-Flat Major, E-Flat Major, G Major, D Major, and A Major, and E Major scales (2 octaves preferred). Two will be chosen, one slurred and the other tongued at your own comfortable speed. Scales are at written pitch, not at concert pitch. Scales must be played from memory.

  2. Be prepared to play a chromatic scale (brass - one octave, woodwinds - two or three). You may choose your starting pitch. This must be played from memory.

  3. A short (32 measures), slow selection of your choice.

  4. A short (32 measures), fast selection of your choice.

  5. Be prepared to sight-read.

Percussion: 

Applicants must bring their own sticks, mallets, and music. The snare drum, timpani, and xylophone will be provided. The percussion audition packet (music, etc.) can be downloaded here (available March 1).

  1. Play Etude #13 from Peters Intermediate Snare Drum Studies.

  2. Play Etude #12 from Peters Fundamental Method for Timpani.

  3. Play measures 6-14 from Polka (Shostakovich).

Grant support for the Idaho Falls Symphony’s general operating expenses has been generously provided by the following organizations. To view sponsors of individual events, visit the event page for each event or our thank you page. We appreciate all of the support we receive!

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