All string applicants, except candidates for Prima Strings (please follow link to Prima Strings on the left), must be currently studying with a private teacher and have completed a minimum of two years of private study. Choose a solo and prepare for your audition with your private teacher. Preparation and musical artistry are important.


- 2 scales at any tempo representing current level of playing
- Two contrasting solo works or etudes from student’s current or recently completed study. (Bring an extra copy of the music for the audition committee.)
- Sight reading may be requested.

Placement in an ensemble is at the sole discretion of YOBC auditioners. Students do not audition for a specific ensemble. Guidelines for placement for our different ensembles are as follows:




- Proficient in positioning the instrument and bow.
- Ability to identify fingerings and note names for the pitches both on the staff and using ledger lines.
- Comfortable with meters including 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 2/2, 6/8, 9/8.
- Proficiency in first position including all accidentals (eg: high/low 2, High 3, low 1 and 4th finger).



- Play with good posture and playing position.
- Use all four fingers of the left hand (including fourth finger) equally effectively.
- Demonstrate developing vibrato skills.
- Play in tune in first and third positions (violin and viola), first through fourth position (cello), and half through fourth position (bass).
-  Have some familiarity with higher positions.
- Play in tune in major and minor keys through three sharps and three flats.
- Produce a good tone in a variety of dynamic ranges and tempo.
- Comfortably employ a variety of bow strokes including:
                        hooked bowing
- Play passages that include running sixteenth notes at a tempo of at least 112 beats per minute.
- Accurately Interpret common rhythms found in simple and compound meters.
- Demonstrate respect for themselves, their peers, their conductor, and the music-making process.




- An ability to adjust intonation with specific accuracy.
- A comfortable ability to shift to 3rd position with accurate intonation (violin & viola), 1st through 4th position (cello), and half through 4th position (bass).
- A degree of familiarity with higher positions.
- An ability to perform the D, G and C major scales in three octaves with accuracy of intonation.
- An ability to maintain a consistent inner pulse.
- Increased dynamic dimension with nuanced dynamics to include p, mp, mf and f.
- An ability to change tonal color.
- An ability to blend with others.
- An understanding of rhythms including whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, dotted eighth and sixteenth notes and rests; syncopated and triplet figures; 6/8 meter.
- An ability to perform varied bow strokes:


Symphony Orchestra


- A refined tone and ability to adjust tonal color as appropriate to the instrumentand music.
- A ability to perform all articulation in a well-executed, nuanced style, including but not limited to staccato, legato, slur, fp, sfp.
- Finely tuned accuracy in performance of all rhythms.
- An ability to perform technical passages with accuracy and ease.
- A refined ability to tune and adjust intonation with accuracy when indicated.
- An ability to perform with facility in all keys.
- An ability to perform scales in all keys, with a sense of line and phrasing.
- An ability to perform with refined sensitivity, expression and phrasing.
- An ability to listen to themselves and others when performing.
- An ability to visually respond to conductors and musicians.
- An ability to change tonal color as needed and to blend with others.
- An ability to perform with more nuanced dynamics to include the full dynamic range (ppp-fff)
- Trumpets and horns should have some exposure to transposition.