Auditions for Surrey Youth Orchestra

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN AUDITIONING FOR THE SURREY YOUTH ORCHESTRA!
 Due to the current situation with COVID – 19, we will be accepting video auditions this year. If you are interested in joining the Surrey Youth Orchestra the coming season from September 2020 to May 2021, please go through this page carefully and fill up an online audition request. We encourage each applicant to review the requirement of each orchestra to make sure that you are qualified for the program before applying. *Former SYO members must re-audition each season.
 
Students must be proficient at the following levels at a minimum to audition:
Prelude Strings

Conductor Andrea Taylor leads this orchestral experience for string players of new ability. The Prelude Strings is designed to teach beginning ensemble skills, musical interpretation as well as rhythm development, rehearsal etiquette, and note-reading skills.

Requirements: reading and playing at or above Grade 1 RCM or end of Suzuki book 1. Minimum age: 6 years old

Prelude Strings audition video includes: 1) a solo of your choice  2)  a quick study repertoire 3) scales 

Intermezzo Strings

Intermezzo Strings perform music that will build upon theoretical and musical concepts covered in the Prelude Strings. Emphasis will be given to listening skills as related to playing in a large ensemble. Conductor Andrea Taylor chooses contrasting repertoire to introduce students to a variety of musical styles.

Requirements: reading and playing at or above Grade 4 RCM or Suzuki book 4. Minimum age: 8 years old

Intermezzo Strings audition video includes: 1) a solo of your choice  2)  a quick study repertoire 3) scales 

Symphonic Strings

Under the baton of conductor Ben Goheen, the Symphonic Strings performs major repertoire from the standard string orchestra literature while learning the skills needed for excellent orchestral playing.

Requirements: reading and playing at or above Grade 7 RCM or Suzuki book 6. Minimum age: 11 years old

Symphonic Strings audition video includes: 1) a solo of your choice  2)  a quick study repertoire 3) scales 

Wind & Brass Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble of brass and wind players will develop their skills by sectionals before entering the rehearsal with the senior orchestra. Instructors Bernard Blary and Greg Farrugia offer interesting and challenging sectional training for its members.

Senior Orchestra

Under the direction of conductor Joel Stobbe, this premiere full symphonic orchestra is comprised of students who demonstrate strong musicianship and highly advanced technical level. The group performs a wide range of demanding orchestra repertoire.

Requirements: playing at or above Grade 8 RCM.  Minimum age: 13 years old 

Senior Orchestra audition video includes: 1) a solo of your choice 2) an orchestral excerpt, please see below 3)  a quick study repertoire 4) scales 

What does an SYO audition video entail?

  1. Fill out your online application form.
  2. After your application is processed, you will receive your audition-preparation details and a quick study repertoire via email.
  3. This packet will outline the specific audition requirements for your instrument and contain a quick study repertoire excerpts you will be expected to perform in the video.
  4. Record a solo repertoire of your choice (3 min max) and the quick study repertoire excerpts in your audition packet.
  5. Students may also be asked to demonstrate basic techniques on their instruments, which may include knowledge of major and minor scales and/or bowing/tonguing techniques. *Woodwinds and brass instrument students are expected to have private music teachers also place the highest priority in preparation for the excerpts.
  6. A link and a submission date will also be provided in the email to upload your audition video.
What is the SYO time commitment?
The SYO season runs from September to May. SYO rehearsals generally take place from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday mornings at the Surrey Christian Secondary Campus, 15353 92 Ave, Surrey, BC. The following is the rehearsal schedule for each orchestra:
 
  • Prelude Strings 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
  • Intermezzo Strings 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • Symphonic Strings 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Senior Orchestra 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

Periodical email updates are sent to all SYO members and should be checked frequently as rehearsal information is subject to change. In addition to weekly rehearsals and the season highlights, the SYO hosts two chamber music workshops and other exciting activities throughout the year. Attendance is mandatory for all activities.