NUYS Auditions


This is the Youth Symphony audition page.


Announcing 2020-21 Auditions, entirely online

Priority Deadline: August 22nd, 2020
In order to delay personal contact with each other as long as possible, NUYS 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 Audition page for more info. 

To prepare for your NUYS audition:

Click here to fill out our membership form: (or click here if that doesn't work)
We require all returning and prospective members to fill out our membership form before auditioning.
After submitting this 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 you are unable to make the link work to order your shirt, here is the NUYS T-shirt link again
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 this page with instructions on what to expect. 
Important Note: 
Some schools don't start until after the audition date! Students who did not hear about the auditions soon enough are still encouraged to audition! We will not exclude you for missing the audition deadline.  

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What to Prepare:

For your audition, please prepare three segments: (First) indicated scales, (Second) a 60-second solo, and (Third) an orchestral excerpt, as follows:


(First) Scales:

  • Scales must be played at least 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 with its relative Harmonic Minor and 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 with its relative Harmonic Minor and 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 with its relative Harmonic Minor and 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 with its relative Harmonic Minor and 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)
10 Basic Snare Rudiments (your choice, 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)

(Second) Solo:

  • A one minute (or slightly less) excerpt of a prepared solo, your choice. If you don't have a solo, click here for resources. 

(Third) Orchestral Excerpt: This section is almost complete! Unless you play Bass Clarinet or Percussion (excerpts not chosen yet), you are good to go!

  • We have assigned excerpts from Star Wars Through The Years, music by John Williams and arranged by Stephen Bulla. The measure numbers for you to play are provided on the music. Just the pages you need are provided here. We have not provided full parts because of copyright. Music was chosen for skill level, and also to avoid a lot of rests. 
    • Flute - Both parts provided. Try for Flute 1, but you may also use Flute 2.
    • Oboe
    • Clarinet - Both parts provided. Try for Clarinet 1, but you may also use Clarinet 2.
    • Bass Clarinet
    • Bassoon
    • French Horn - All four parts provided. Play all 4 excerpts for the audition.
    • Trumpet - All three parts provided. Try for Trumpet 1, but you may play any of the parts.
    • Trombone - All three parts provided. Try for Trombone 1, but you may play any of the parts.
    • Tuba
    • Percussion - There are snare and glockenspiel parts marked in this, and you may choose which to play, or play both.
    • Harp 
    • Violin 1 - Auditioning with the Violin 1 part, you will be considered for both the first and second violin sections. 
    • Violin 2 - Auditioning with the Violin 2 part, you will be considered for only the second violin section. 
    • Viola
    • Cello
    • Bass
We work with musicians who have marching band conflicts but they MUST communicate at the *beginning* of the season about *all* their conflicts, filling out the attendance form, and talking with the manager.


Audition Workshop


We will not be holding another Audition Workshop this year. The purpose of auditions is to prepare our musicians for the challenges of the music we will be playing during the year. We encourage you to watch last year's workshop, the videos are posted on YouTube. Click here for the main video. Be sure to see "Show More" below the video for a clickable timeline of the evening. Click here for the video from our brass specialist in the breakout class. 

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.