NUYCO Auditions

 Chamber Orchestra Audition Info:

Announcing 2020-21 Auditions, entirely online

Priority Deadline: August 22nd, 2020
In order to delay personal contact with each other as long as possible, NUYCO Auditions for the 2020-21 Season will be entirely online. Be sure to submit your audition by the priority deadline (August 22nd) to ensure optimal placement in the orchestra for this first concert.  
If you are looking for info on our Concerto Auditions, they will be August 15. See our Concerto Auditions page by clicking the tab above.
To Prepare for your NUYCO Audition:

Fill out our membership form
We require all returning and prospective members to fill out our membership form before auditioning.
After submitting this membership form, on the final screen, you will also be given a link to order your t-shirt. Collecting this info early will help with our ordering process. If the link doesn't work as described for the t-shirt order, here is another chance to link to the NUYCO T-shirt order
How to Audition:

After submitting the membership form & ordering your shirt (see above), make a video [preferred] or audio recording of yourself, and upload it to YouTube, Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, Google Photos, or some other place in the cloud, then send us your link using this form, as soon as possible, even if it's after the priority deadline. Because multiple people will view your video, be sure your sharing settings allow anyone with the link to view. 
Your video or recording must be unedited, and 5 minutes or less. This means you should submit a video where all the steps of your audition are performed in one take.
Here is a sample video script. 
We accept new auditions ongoing throughout the year, but depending on the timing of your audition, we may ask you to wait to join rehearsals until after a concert performance, or sit in the back of the section until seating is adjusted. 
What to do next? After submitting your video link, you will be sent to the post-audition instructions page

Important Note: 
Some schools don't start until after the audition date! Students who did not hear about the auditions are encouraged to audition as soon as possible! We will not exclude you for missing the priority deadline.  


Audition Preparation - What to put in the video!

This orchestra is intended for a skill level of about Suzuki book 2-5, or equivalent.
Audition materials are recommended guidelines, not strict requirements.

2 or 3-octave major scale
1 or 2-octave melodic minor scale

60 seconds or less of a prepared solo

Prepared excerpts as follows: 
All are downloadable from this folder, or click on separate parts below. 


     (Excerpts updated July 29th, 2020) 

Membership Requirements:

A minimum of 2 years experience is recommended on your string instrument.  

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the public school orchestra for a minimum of 2 trimesters or semesters, for the current school year. Please contact us if you have extenuating circumstances.

Although private lessons are encouraged, they are not a requirement for membership. 

Orchestra Members are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts.