Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras’ Small Ensembles

For Auditions, you may audition for Large Ensembles, and you will have an option to check to be considered for the Small Ensembles. (You do NOT need to do a separate audition.)

You may also choose to audition JUST for the Small Ensembles. Make sure to select “Small Ensemble Auditions” in the registration process.

All students will be assessed based on their performance of:

  • Prepared Solo
  • Short Etude (only for Flute choirs)
  • Orchestral Excerpts (only for Harp Ensemble)
  • Selected Scales

More detailed information of guidelines/general audition can be found on our Audition Information page.

*Conductors will determine orchestra placement and seating for the mutual benefit of the musicians and the orchestras.

Please click on the PLUS (+) below to see the requirements.

* Note: Flutists auditioning for orchestras can be considered for Flute Choir, you do not need to submit a separate flute choir video.
* If you are a rising eighth grader who would like to be considered for BOTH Junior and Senior Flute Choirs, please prepare and record BOTH excerpts (Junior and Senior) plus the required scales for Senior Flute Choir in addition to ONE prepared solo.

Junior Flute Choir: School Grades 6-8

Before you record your audition video, please tune carefully  (A=440).  Intonation will be an important part of the assessment process.

A Major scale (slurred sixteenth notes) and Arpeggio (tongued triplets), 2 octaves at quarter note=80 to 92

Chromatic Scale (chromatic scale should be at least 2 octaves, full range if possible) at quarter note=72 (even and controlled, NOT fast and rushed)

Excerpts (Download):

-Excerpt 1 (QN=100-120): Emphasis on rhythm, articulation and dynamics

-Excerpt 2 (QN=72): Emphasis on tone, intonation, phrasing and rhythm

• Prepared Solo – MBDA level 4-6:

Repertoire that best demonstrates the applicant’s highest current level of musical and technical abilities (Maximum 3 minutes; if the piece is longer than 3 minutes, prepare a 3 minute excerpt from the piece)

* Note: Flutists auditioning for orchestras can be considered for Flute Choir, you do not need to submit a separate flute choir video.

Senior Flute Choir: School Grades 8-12

Before you record your audition video, please tune carefully  (A=440).  Intonation will be an important part of the assessment process, along with tone and rhythm.

E Major scale and Eb Major Scale (slurred sixteenth notes) and Arpeggio, 2 octaves at quarter note=100 BPM

Chromatic Scale ( 2 octaves, full range preferable at quarter note =92 BPM (even and controlled, NOT fast and rushed)

Excerpts (Download)

-Excerpt 1 – Ferling etude (QN=88-100 BPM): Emphasis on rhythm, articulation and dynamics

-Excerpt 2 – Andersen etude (QN=54 BPM): Emphasis on tone, intonation, phrasing and rhythm

Prepared Solo: MBDA level 4-6:

Repertoire that best demonstrates the applicant’s highest current level of musical and technical abilities (Maximum 3 minutes; if the piece is longer than 3 minutes, prepare a 3 minute excerpt from the piece)

* Note: Clarinetists auditioning for orchestras can be considered for Clarinet Choir, you do not need to submit a separate flute choirs video.

School Grades: 6 – 12

As for solos, please prepare the same grade level as the orchestras. So if you are in 6-9th grade, prepare Young Artists requirements; 8-10th grade, can prepare for Symphony, etc.

Scale Requirements: F Major, E Major, and a Chromatic Scale. 

School Grades: 5 – 12

– Please prepare a solo that best represent your playing level/skills. If you are also interested in performing with the orchestras, you should also prepare an orchestral excerpt that reflects upon current ability.
– If any harpists would like to play in the orchestras, they need to audition for Harp Ensemble. Musicians within Harp Ensemble will be selected to play with the orchestras.