AUDITION SCALES

Color Stripe Graphic

Audition Scales

Each audition begins with scales that are chosen specifically for each instrument and each orchestra.

Scales are an important component of your development as a musician and preparing them teaches intonation, dexterity, ear-training, and music theory. Scale practice helps with sight-reading, too!  This is the place to start assessing where you fit in our orchestra placement. Scales that are too difficult suggest that you apply for a different orchestra.

Be sure to prepare all of the scales required for your instrument and desired orchestra to be ready for your audition.

STRINGS

Opus One Orchestra Scales

Memorization not required but highly recommended
Opus One Orchestra Violin
Opus One Orchestra Viola
Opus One Orchestra Cello
Opus One Orchestra Bass

Sinfonietta Orchestra Scales

Memorization not required but highly recommended
Sinfonietta Orchestra Violin
Sinfonietta Orchestra Viola
Sinfonietta Orchestra Cello
Sinfonietta Orchestra Bass

Concert Orchestra Scales

Memorization not required but highly recommended
Concert Orchestra Violin
Concert Orchestra Viola
Concert Orchestra Cello
Concert Orchestra Bass

Philharmonia Orchestra Scales

Memorization not required but highly recommended
Philharmonia Orchestra Violin
Philharmonia Orchestra Viola
Philharmonia Orchestra Cello
Philharmonia Orchestra Bass

Youth Orchestra Scales

Memorization not required but highly recommended
Youth Orchestra Violin
Youth Orchestra Viola
Youth Orchestra Cello
Youth Orchestra Bass

WOODWINDS AND BRASS

NOTE for Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion:

If you are not sure which orchestra to apply for, the safest thing is to simply prepare the Philharmonia/Youth materials. Concert Orchestra requirements are encompassed within the Philharmonia/Youth audition materials, so in preparing the extra material, you will in effect be auditioning for all three orchestras.

If you audition using the Philharmonia/Youth materials and are not accepted into one of those ensembles, you will still be considered for Concert Orchestra.

 
Concert Orchestra
  • All 1-octave major scales through three sharps and three flats (2-octaves on the advice of your teacher)
    • Note: Scales should be performed in eighth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=60, but not faster than you can play cleanly and evenly
Philharmonia and Youth Orchestras
  • All 2-octave major scales through four sharps and four flats
  • All 2-octave melodic minor scales through four sharps and four flats
  • Chromatic scale of two or more octaves to demonstrate your performing range
    • Note: Scales should be performed in eighth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=60, but not faster than you can play cleanly and evenly

PERCUSSION

Note for Percussionists:

Depending on instrument availability, you may perform these scales on xylophone, marimba, orchestra bells or piano.
Please reference the percussion excerpts after April 10 for more information.

All Orchestras
  • 2-octave A Major
  • 2-octave E flat Major
  • 2-octave F# harmonic minor
  • 2-octave C harmonic minor

HARPS

Harpists do not need to complete scales for their auditions.