String audition requirements for CCYO

Requirements for string players auditioning for the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO).

Audition Piece

You will be expected to perform two pieces/studies (or sections of) which present a coherent mixture of periods, style, mood and tempo. One piece should be from the Romantic Era or later. The pieces/studies should demonstrate a mastery of the complete range of your instrument, clear and accurate articulation including spiccato bowing, a variety of dynamics and a high standard of musicianship

The pieces/studies should be of at least Grade 6 standard and the maximum total playing time should not exceed 4 minutes. Please bring a photocopy of your music or the piano accompaniment for the use of the audition staff. This will be returned to you at the end of the audition.

Pieces will be performed without piano accompaniment.

Scales & Arpeggios

You will be expected to play some scales and arpeggios (slurred and legato bowing), which will be selected from the list below (please note the guide tempo directions in brackets).

Violin

Scales and Arpeggios | F# major and minor - 2 octaves | Bb major and minor - 3 octaves | Chromatic on C - 2 octaves
(Scales: crotchet = 92 | Arpeggios: dotted crotchet = 46 | Chromatic: dotted crotchet = 60)

Dominant/Diminished 7ths | Dominant 7th - key of F - 2 octaves  | Diminished 7th - start on C - 2 octaves
(Crotchet = 69)

Double stops (broken steps) | Bb major in 6ths
(Crotchet = 92)

Viola

Scales and Arpeggios | Ab major and minor - 2 octaves | D major and minor - 3 octaves | Chromatic on C# - 2 octaves
(Scales: crotchet = 84 | Arpeggios: dotted crotchet = 42 | Chromatic: dotted crotchet = 56)

Dominant/Diminished 7ths | Dominant 7th - key of G - 2 octaves | Diminished 7th - start on D - 2 octaves
(Crotchet = 63)

Double stops (broken steps) | Eb major in 6ths
(Crotchet = 72)

Cello

Scales and Arpeggios | B major and minor - 2 octaves | D major and minor - 3 octaves | Chromatic on D - 2 octaves
(Scales: crotchet = 72 | Arpeggios: quaver = 116 | Chromatic: dotted crotchet = 48)

Dominant/Diminished 7ths | Dominant 7th - key of G - 2 octaves | Diminished 7th - start on F - 2 octaves
(Crotchet = 58)

Double stops (broken steps) | C major in 6ths
(Crotchet = 72)

Basses

Scales and Arpeggios | F major and minor - 2 octaves | Thumb position D Major - 1 octave | Chromatic on E | Broken thirds G major - 1 octave
(Scales: crotchet = 56 | Arpeggios: quaver = 104 | Chromatic and Broken thirds: crotchet = 56)

Dominant/Diminished 7ths | Dominant 7th - key of A - 2 octaves | Diminished 7th - start on G - 2 octaves)
(Crotchet = 52)

Sight reading

You will be expected to play a prepared sight reading test of one or two short, appropriate orchestral extract(s). 15 minutes preparation time will be given before the audtion