NUYS Auditions

This is the Youth Symphony audition page.


There is still room!

NUYS Auditions for the 2018-19 Season have already passed! You have missed our main auditions, but all is not lost! We still have room! We can set you up! Just fill out the membership form and contact us at info@northernutahyouthsymphony.org.   
We are grateful to all who auditioned early! You have simplified our process, but we also have a few people who did not know about the early auditions. PLEASE contact us. We would still love to have you audition via video or audio recording.
Read this if you've already auditioned Post-Audition instructions. 

Audition Workshop

The purpose of auditions is to prepare our musicians for the challenges of the music we will be playing during the year. To give every possible opportunity we hosted our first ever audition workshop. The videos are posted on YouTube. Click here for the main video. Be sure to see "Show More" below the video for a timeline of the evening. Click here for the video from our brass specialist in the breakout class. 



To prepare for your NUYS audition:


Fill out this form:
Please fill out the membership form before auditioning, either by appointment or uploaded video or audio recording. 
How to Audition: 
After submitting the membership form, you may contact us for an audition appointment, or you may make a video or audio recording of yourself, and submit it "uncut" by uploading it to YouTube, Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox or some other place in the cloud, then email the link to info@northernutahyouthsymphony.org.
This needs to be accomplished as soon as possible. 
MEMBERSHIP FORM  <-- Another Link for the Membership Form.

(small print: if you have issues with the above link for the membership form page, please try this link to fill out the form: https://goo.gl/forms/PnfIUWIbrMABg9cI3)


This form is for all musicians - new members AND returning members! 


There will be paper forms at the auditions if you have technical difficulties, but we prefer you fill out the online form.



What to Prepare:

For your audition, please prepare (1) indicated scales, (2) a 60-second solo, and (3) an orchestral excerpt, as follows:


(1) Scales:
  • Scales must be played as quarter notes, MM=92 per note, although a faster tempo is encouraged. All scales are to be played ascending and descending (up and down).
Flute
2-1/2 Octave Chromatic Scale Low B to High F (Full Range)
Any 1-Octave Major Scale
Any 1-Octave Harmonic Minor Scale
Any 1-Octave Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

Oboe
2-1/2 Octave Chromatic Scale Low Bb to High F (Full Range)
Any 1-Octave Major Scale
Any 1-Octave Harmonic Minor Scale
Any 1-Octave Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

Clarinet
3 Octave Chromatic Scale Low E to High F (Full Range)
Any 1-Octave Major Scale
Any 1-Octave Harmonic Minor Scale
Any 1-Octave Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

Bassoon
3-1/2 Octave Chromatic Scale Low Bb to High A (Full Range)
Any 1-Octave Major Scale
Any 1-Octave Harmonic Minor Scale
Any 1-Octave Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

French Horn
2-Octave Concert Bb (F) major scale
1 Octave of any Major Scale
Chromatic scale from Concert F (middle C) to as low as you can play and from Concert C (G in the staff) to as high as you can play

Trumpet
2-Octave Concert F (G) and Ab (Bb) Major Scales
1 Octave of any Major Scale
Chromatic scale from Concert E (F#) (lowest – 1, 2, 3 valves) to as high as you can play

Trombone
2-Octave F and Ab Major Scales
1 Octave of any Major Scale
Chromatic scale from E (lowest – 7th position/trigger 2nd) to as high as you can play

Tuba
2-Octave F and Ab Major Scales
1 Octave of any Major Scale
Chromatic scale from E (lowest) to as high as you can play

Percussion
Any 1-Octave major scale on bells
Any 1-Octave melodic minor scale on bells (which is Natural Minor descending)
Basic Snare Rudiments (i.e. rolls, flams, paradiddles, etc.)

Harp
Any Major Arpeggio, full range
Any Major 7th Arpeggio, full range

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)
Any 3-Octave Major Scale
Any 2-Octave Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

(2) Solo:
  • A one minute (or slightly less) excerpt of a prepared solo (*we will probably stop you before you finish*). 

(3) Excerpt:

  • We have assigned an excerpt from Schubert's Rosamunde Overture. Accuracy is more important than tempo. (Translation: Play it correctly, then work on playing it faster.) The excerpts specific to your instrument are linked here:
The following video is an example of what you can find on YouTube for this piece, and seems to have good sound and several cameras. Look at that amazing concert hall in Prague! The flute excerpt happens at about 3:42, oboe at about 3:57, Clarinet and Bassoon at about 5:29, and Horns, Trumpets, Trombones, Timpani, and Strings at about 5:47. We recommend you get to know the entire piece and not just the spot you need to learn. (Harp has a different piece altogether!)




We work with musicians who have marching band conflicts as long as they communicate ahead of time about their schedules using the attendance form.


The Northern Utah Youth Symphony provides motivated high-school-level musicians with advanced symphonic experiences. 

  • Northern Utah Youth Symphony is a great place for committed musicians to grow as they reach for their potential! 
  • All new and returning musicians audition each year.  
  • Musicians have played their instruments for at least three years; many have private lessons, but private instruction is not required. 
  • We request & encourage musicians to participate in their school music programs. Anyone with extenuating circumstances may contact us.
  • Audition dates for the current season are available on the calendar.
  • Please contact Julie Gardner, 435.740.4335 cell, for additional information.