Audition Announcement

Auditions for the 2014-2015 season of the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras will be held on Saturday, September 6 (morning & afternoon) and Sunday, September 7 (afternoon only) at UMass Dartmouth (College of Visual & Performing Arts) (directions).

To set up an audition time please e-mail NBSYO coordinator Annalisa Boerner at with a request for a Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon audition time.  We will do our best to accommodate your request.  All NBSYO musicians must be members in good standing in their school instrumental music programs.

Audition Requirements

*Poco Strings students will not need to audition.  To register, please email NBSYO Coordinator Annalisa Boerner at

Scale requirements

Symphony Orchestra

Strings:  C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab (3 octaves)

Woodwinds & Brass:  C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab (2 octaves where possible)

Mallet Percussion:  C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab (1 or 2 octaves, with arpeggios)

                              Chromatic Scale (ascending and descending)

Percussion:  The 26 standard snare drum rudiments. 

Basic auxiliary percussion playing techniques (crash cymbals, triangle, tambourine)

Suggested String Audition Pieces: any solo from Suzuki Book 5 or 6 (all strings)

Violin: concertos by Haydn, Accolay, Rode, Beriot, Airs by Dancla

Viola: concertos by Telemann

Cello: Solo Suite No. 1 in G by Bach, Sonatas in C and G by Rombert, Concerto No. 4 by Golterman, Sonata in D by Telemann, Six Sonatas by Vivaldi

Bass: Marcello Sonata in G Minor, last movement

Demonstrate ability to sound expressive, use all parts of the bow and play with correct style. Students at this level are usually studying etudes including the violin and viola exercises by Kayser and Mazas.

Repertory Orchestra

Strings:  C, G, D, A, F, Bb, Eb (2 octaves)

Woodwinds & Brass:  C, G, D, A, F, Bb, Eb (1 octave)

Suggested String Pieces: any solo from Suzuki book 4 or 5 (all strings)

Vibrato required only for solo piece. Demonstrate ability to play with good quality sound and intonation and be able to shift to 3rd position.

Debut Orchestra

Strings:  D, G, C (1 octave)

Woodwinds & Brass:  C Instruments - Bb (1 octave) / Bb Instruments - C (1 octave)

                                   F Instruments - C or F (1 octave)

Suggested String Pieces: any solo from Suzuki book 2 or 3 (all strings)

Demonstrate good quality of sound knowledge of first position and ability to play with 2 and 4 note slurs.

All auditionees will be notified of their acceptance, by e-mail, within 4 days following the last audition date.