TCSYO 2021-2022 AUDITIONS

With the ever changing Covid-19 landscape, we have decided the safest & most reliable manner of auditions for next season will be video auditions.

TCSYO has decided to extend the 21/22 registration deadline.

To Apply to a TCSYO Orchestra - Please complete these steps:
  1. Complete Audition Application online and submit $45 audition fee through Pay Pal.
  2. Instructions on how to upload your audition video will be included in your confirmation e-mail after you submit your application and you can also review the the instructions here: Video Audition Instructions
  3. Review and prepare all audition repertoire requirements. This includes scales, solo piece and orchestral excerpt. Specific repertoire for each instrument can be found in the Audition Requirements by orchestra in the section below. It is recommended that you review the repertoire requirements with your private teacher.
  4. Submit your video using the Audition Video Submission Form.
  5. Results will not be given over the phone.
POSECOSOPercFrequently Asked Questions

Prelude Orchestra

Conducted by Ms. Diana Chou
Elementary School level
Rehearsals: Monday 7:00-8:30pm
Katherine Johnson Middle School (formally Sidney Lanier Middle School)

TCSYO entry-level string orchestra offers the chance to enjoy making music with other young musicians from throughout area. The group includes a full complement of string instruments playing independent parts. Designed for students who have had limited orchestral experience and who are working on mastering their reading ability. Students should be comfortable playing in first position the keys of G and D. This ensemble builds solid, fundamental rhythmic and orchestral skills including improved sight-reading abilities.

PO - Audition Requirements

Scale requirement

Violin & Viola- one major AND one minor scale of your choice, one octave
Cello - one major AND one minor scale of your choice, one octave
Bass - one major AND one minor scale of your choice, one octave

Solo requirement

A solo of your choice. This solo should be representative of your overall musical and technical ability. Solos should be 2 to 3 minutes minutes in length only. No accompanists, please.
Suggested Material: Suzuki Books 1 & 2.

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Video Audition Instructions

String Ensemble

Conducted by: Mrs. Diana Chou
Ages 10 to 13
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm
Katherine Johnson Middle School (formally Sidney Lanier Middle School)

The String Ensemble is The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO) newest ensemble, and was added in 2019 to bridge the gap in young string player's musical level between the Prelude and Chamber Orchestras.

TCSYO String Ensemble is open to students ranging in age from 10 to 13 from public, private and home schools who have had at least two years of private instruction on their instrument and play at Grade Level III and above. Ms. Diana Chou is the conductor/cellist, who has a gift for connecting with young Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass musicians. Musicians in TCSYO String Ensemble develop a higher level of stylistic refinement and expressive detail, while playing a wide variety of repertoire in a nurturing and fun environment. Designed for students who have had some orchestral experience. All students should have basic note-reading skills, including the ability to identify pitch names and play various rhythms. Students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area. The String Ensemble will focus on ensemble playing, technical instruction and preparation for future work TCSYO Chamber Orchestra.

SE - Audition Requirements

Scale requirement

Violin & Viola- one major AND one minor scale of your choice, two octaves
Cello - one major AND one minor scale of your choice, two octaves
Bass - one major AND one minor scale of your choice, one octave

Solo requirement

One prepared piece demonstrating current technical level. Solos should be 2 to 3 minutes in length only. No accompanists, please. Selected piece should be equivalent to Suzuki Book 3 or higher and should be well-played, polished and at appropriate tempo.

Excerpts HERE

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Video Audition Instructions

Chamber Orchestra 

Conducted by Dr. Cheri Collins
Ages 10-16
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm
Katherine Johnson Middle School (formally Sidney Lanier Middle School)

The most advanced of TCSYO’ three string orchestras offers the opportunity to perform great masterpieces of string repertoire, from the Baroque era to today. Designed for intermediate to advanced string students with 3 or more years of experience. This string orchestra focuses on cross-listening between sections, blend and balance, expressing various styles of music, and pursuing detailed, mature music making. Musicians are introduced to a variety of bowing techniques and historical styles, while also developing more advanced control of rubato, phrasing and expression. Students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area. The Chamber Orchestra will also focus on preparation for future work with TCSYO' Symphonic Orchestra.

CO - Audition Requirements

Scale requirement

Violin & Viola- One Major and One Minor scale up to three sharps and flats, three octaves
Cello - One Major and One Minor scale up to three sharps and flats, three octaves
Bass - One Major and One Minor scale up to three sharps and flats two octaves

Solo requirement

One prepared piece, include a slow section and a fast section, preferably from a sonata or concerto movement. Selected pieces should be be well-played, polished and at appropriate tempo. Solos should be 3 to 4 minutes minutes in length only. No accompanists, please.

Excerpts: HERE

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Video Audition Instructions

Symphonic Orchestra

Conducted by Dr. Cheri Collins
High School & Middle School level
Rehearsals: Monday 7:00-9:30pm
Katherine Johnson Middle School (formally Sidney Lanier Middle School)  

TCSYO’s most advanced orchestra is comprised of the very best young musicians in the Washington, DC area. The TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra performs professional-level repertoire in premier venues at home and abroad. Comprised of outstanding players whose technical level is highly advanced, who show strong musicality and musicianship and who are capable of the discipline necessary to perform at the highest level. This ensemble is dedicated to performing the finest works in the full symphonic repertoire. In addition to the full orchestra rehearsals the students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area. Weekly rehearsals during the school year are carried out under professional standards. Members are expected to take private lessons and maintain leadership responsibilities in their school ensembles.

Percussion Ensemble

Conducted by Mr. Jacob Harpster

The energetic TCSYO Percussion Ensemble has a longtime tradition of delighting enthusiastic audiences each season. All TCSYO percussionists come together each Monday evening from 7:00-9:30 to rehearse an array of exciting percussion works.

Ensemble members learn different and unusual techniques of playing styles and experience the use of a variety of percussion instruments, both traditional and nontraditional. Musicians learn how to communicate with other musicians in a chamber ensemble setting, and have a unique opportunity to perform more difficult music with other advanced percussionists.

Learning professional responsibility is an important part of the TCSYO’s program for musical excellence. Members are required to prepare, to arrive promptly, and to attend all rehearsals.

SO Audition Requirements

Please refer to your specific instrument's 21/22 audition requirements on your excerpt sheet

Scale requirement

One Major and One Minor scale up to four sharps and flats. (Please refer to your specific instrument's requirements on the excerpt)

Strings: One prepared piece, include a slow section and a fast section, preferably from a sonata or concerto movement. Selected piece should be from the Classical era or later and be well-played, polished and at the appropriate tempo. All-State and region etudes may not be used.

Woodwinds & Brass: Two prepared pieces, one slow and one fast, preferably an etude,
sonata or concerto movement. All-State and region etudes may not be used.

Percussion Ensemble: (Please refer to all the requirements on the excerpt)
2. Solo or Etude on Snare Drum (approximately 2 minutes)
3. Two scales of your choice (major and/or minor, demonstrating your current technical ability)
4. Solo or Etude on Marimba or Xylophone (approximately 2 minutes)

Excerpts: HERE

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Video Audition Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I audition for TCSYO?

Complete the application form on line. Upon completion of an application, you will receive further instructions about how to upload your audition video to YouTube.
Please use this form to send your YouTube video link to TCSYO: SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO

  • What if I’m a current member? Do I have to audition?

All current members are required to re-audition each year. You must submit the application form and audition fee each year. Please note that current orchestra assignment level is not guaranteed. Do not take the audition for granted.

  • How do I know which orchestra I should audition for?

Refer to the orchestra descriptions and required skills and consult with your private lesson teacher to determine the orchestra that best suits your skill level.

  • What if I don’t make it into the orchestra I audition for, will I be considered for the next level orchestra down?

Musicians are ranked by their audition score. If they do not place in the orchestra they auditioned for, they may be offered a position in one orchestra lower. For example, if you audition for Symphonic Orchestra, you could be offered a position in Chamber Orchestra. It is best to audition for the orchestra that best matches your ability – do not over-reach.

  • How do I make my audition video

Please refer to the Video Audition Instructions for instructions on how to make a successful audition video.

  • What should I wear in my audition video?

Please dress appropriately. Remember that how you present yourself is the first impression you give to the judge. Shorts, flip flops, etc. are not appropriate attire.

  • Do I need to memorize my music?

Memorization is not required unless specified in the audition requirements.

  • Do I need an accompanist for the audition?

No. Piano accompaniment is not permitted.

  • How much do scales or sight reading count on my audition score?

Auditions are made up of several components, and each one is an important part of your audition. In general, the different audition components are weighted as follows:
Scales – 25%
Prepared Excerpt – 30%
Prepared Repertoire (your selection/s) – 45%

  • What are the judges looking for in an audition?

Audition adjudicators are assessing/scoring on such factors as rhythm, intonation, musicality, tone and technique.

  • Why can’t I use my All-State or Region etude as one of my audition pieces?

With so many different levels of students applying for TCSYO orchestras, our goal is for students to prepare music specifically for the audition. Since all high schools use a state mandated etude released each year in May, TCSYO includes this restriction to reinforce our intention that we do not want students to recycle an etude that they may have worked on for over 6 months. This concept applies to middle school students and the etudes that are used in your region. As far as other etudes are concerned, the musician and teacher have to make the best decision on what audition music best suits each student for the orchestra level they are auditioning.

  • When is the application and video deadline?

TCSYO had decided to extend the application deadline. Please contact the office if you have questions questions. (703) 638-9328

 
 
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