2021 VYOA in-person auditions at the Elley-Long Music Center will include: 

  1. Solo of your choice (without accompaniment): Prepare a brief solo that best demonstrates your technical and expressive capabilities. The piece should be between 2 and 3 minutes total. Your piece does not need to be memorized. PERCUSSIONISTS: Choose a solo on ONE instrument- snare drum, timpani, or mallets.
  2. Scales & arpeggios: Prepare one major OR one minor scale of your choice with corresponding arpeggio. The scale and arpeggio should be played at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 80. Prepare the number of octaves that best represents your range of ability. The scale and arpeggio do not need to be memorized. PERCUSSIONISTS: In addition to one scale and arpeggio (mallets), you will be asked to demonstrate basic rudiments such as a long roll (snare) and tuning changes (timpani).
  3. Orchestral excerpt: Choose ONE of the provided excerpts listed for your instrument. PERCUSSIONISTS: You must play ONE excerpt on snare drum, ONE excerpt on timpani, and ONE excerpt on mallets (3 excerpts total).
  4. Sight Reading: A short passage selected by the adjudicators will be provided in the audition.

Follow the links below to access the list of instrument-specific audition requirements, and to download the required orchestral excerpt.