Audition Requirements

Auditions for the 2019-20 Abilene Youth Orchestra will take place for:

Brass, Woodwind: Sunday, August 25 at 1-5pm
Percussion: Sunday, August 25 at 6-8pm
Strings: Sunday, September 8 at 1-5pm, Monday-Tuesday September 9-10 at 5-8pm.

@Abilene Christian University, Williams Performing Arts Center, ACU Dr, Abilene, TX 79601

Prepared Piece:

Woodwinds, Brass, and Strings: Please bring a prepared solo, either a portion of a standard concerto, sonata, solo and ensemble piece, etc. You may also play region etudes but bring in a portion of a technical etude and a lyrical etude.

Percussion: Please bring a short prepared solo or portion of region etude on a mallet instrument (either two mallet or four mallet, not both).


Please prepare the excerpts below from Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1 and Verdi’s Nabucco Overture. It is strongly encouraged that you listen to recordings.

Violinists are encouraged to look at BOTH 1st and 2nd violin excerpts and choose. If there are two notes anywhere in the excerpt please divide and play the UPPER note. Do not play as double stops. Choose 1st violin excerpts OR 2nd violin excerpts:








Choose (YOUR choice) 2 major scales from the following keys: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A (up to 3 sharps/3 flats)

Woodwinds and Brass: 1 or 2 octaves, all slurred or slur 2/tongue 2, at a tempo you can play accurately

Strings: 2 or 3 octaves, 1 or 2 notes per bow, full bow, at a tempo you can play accurately

Percussion: 2 or 3 octaves (marimba), at a tempo you can play accurately 

Audition Sign-up Forms:

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