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2021–22 Season

New applicants: We are hoping to hold in-person auditions on August 29, 2021. If we are not able to hold in-person auditions again this year, we will ask you to submit a video audition by midnight on Sunday, August 29, 2021. You’ll hear from us by September 7.

Returning members: You’re already accepted into the orchestra! This is a seating audition only. If we are not able to hold in-person auditions this year, we will ask you to submit your video audition by midnight on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Both new applicants and returning members: Be sure to fill out your 2021–2022 Audition/Application Form if you haven’t already done so.

Before you begin: 1) Read through the instructions below and prepare your scales and solo piece; 2) Watch the sample video audition at the bottom of this page.

Setting Up

Place your recording device horizontally on a flat surface or tripod. Choose a medium distance that shows as much detail as possible while still including your face, your instrument, and your full range of motion in the frame at all times. Violinists and violists: please stand in profile so the f-holes on the face of your instrument are visible to the camera and your left hand and bow arm are also clearly visible.

Think about the lighting. Light that is in front of you, from a window or lamp, is better than light that is behind you.

Making Your Video

(Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch a sample video audition by our Principal Flutist, Hunter Bauman.)

All video auditions must be shot in one continuous take with no editing. Consider recording 2 or 3 videos, then choosing the one you like best. If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Your video does not have to be perfect. Take a deep breath, relax, and try to have fun with it. Now to begin:

1. Introduction. Turn on the camera. Say hello, then state your name, instrument, the number of years you have played your instrument, and your grade in the fall.

2. Scales. Tell us what scale you will play before you begin. (Find your scale below.) Scales should be played on steady quarter notes, either at about quarter note = 78 or at any slower tempo. The purpose of these scales is to demonstrate your tone and intonation in the different registers of your instrument.

3. Solo. State the title and composer of your piece before you begin. You can play one piece of around 3 minutes that includes both fast/technical and slow/lyrical passages. Or you can perform two shorter pieces, one fast, one slow. No accompanists, please.

4. Conclusion. Finish with a thank you, and you’re done!

Submitting Your Video

Upload your video to YouTube by midnight on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

If you are using a mobile device, go to the YouTube app, tap the video icon at the top, and select your video. YouTube may ask you to allow access to your photos under your settings before you can upload. If you are using a camera, you may need to download the video to your computer first. Then log in to YouTube, click the video icon at the top, and choose your video.

For the privacy setting on your video, select Unlisted. For the title of your video, enter your first name, last name, and instrument. For the description, use the title of your solo piece.

Once your upload is complete, click the link icon to copy the link. Email the link to Operations Manager Gerry Mandel: Subject line: SCCYS audition, your first and last name. You will hear from us by September 7, 2020.

Questions? Email Gerry at

Scales by Instrument

  • Violin: A Major, 3 octaves
  • Viola: D Major, 3 octaves
  • Cello: D Major, 3 octaves
  • Bass: F Major, 2 octaves
  • Flute: C Major, 3 octaves
  • Oboe: D Major, 2 octaves
  • Clarinet: Concert D (Clarinet E) Major, 2 octaves
  • Bassoon: Eb Major, 2 octaves
  • Horn: Concert C Major (Horn G), 2 octaves
  • Trumpet/Trombone: Concert Ab Major (Trumpet Bb), 2 octaves
  • Harp/Piano: No scales required for your audition.
  • Percussion: No video audition required. We will contact you.

Sample Video Audition

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