All students will be assessed based on their performance of:

  • Prepared Solo
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Selected Scales (and Arpeggios for strings)

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.

Grades in School:
Strings ONLY: 3 – 5th Grade

Minimum Solo Level (MMEA grade level or ASTADC):
Difficulty grade level 3 and higher
(Students should select a solo that best showcases their playing level)

Musicians will be required to play a 3-5 minute excerpt from a solo of their choice. You are encouraged to choose a section or two that displays your musical and technical fluency. Solos must be played without piano accompaniment. Memorization of solos and excerpts is not required.

Download the Orchestral Excerpts Here.
*Some excerpts may be multiple pages.

Students auditioning for more than one orchestra between Future Stars, Preparatory Strings, and Chamber Strings, should only prepare the excerpts of the higher level orchestra.

  • Must record all the scales listed for your instruments (scales, arpeggios, etc)
  • Tempo, articulation, and style of the scale should reflect the ability of the musician. (Please refer to musician’s private teacher for advice)
  • All scales/arpeggios are to be played ascending and descending.

Violin: 2-Octave Major scale of their choice / 2-Octave Melodic Minor scale of their choice
Viola: 2-Octave Major scale of their choice / 2-Octave Melodic Minor scale of their choice
Cello: 2-Octave Major scale of their choice / 2-Octave Melodic Minor scale of their choice
Bass: 1 or 2-Octave scale of their choice