How to Audition

Audition Rules for 2017-18 Season

We are actively seeking highly capable diverse student and community musicians that are interested in participating and engaging in an innovative orchestra devoted to mentorship on a variety of levels and bringing classical and new symphonic works into Seattle communities.

Deadlines & Fee

Registration fee: $30 paid online (see below).
Video auditions (preferred) are due by August 20, 2017.
Live auditions for remaining open positions will happen at Roosevelt High School on September 9, 2017.

What are the steps to audition for SCO?

  1. Create video(s) of your audition excerpts and upload them to YouTube. (details below)
    • Please refer to specific instrumental scales and excerpts below.
    • Make sure that your video is UNLISTED or PUBLIC on YouTube.
  2. Fill out an online application form under Auditions.
    • STUDENT APPLICATION is for musicians under the age of 20 years.
    • ADULT APPLICATION is for musicians 20 years and over.

    There are two parts to the online application. In the first part, you will enter your contact information and other information about yourself (e.g., your school, if you are a student, your instrument and experience). At the end of the first part you will submit the $30 application fee (via PayPal). In the second part of the application you will put your links to your audition videos, so make sure these are done first.

DEADLINE for application submission and is AUGUST 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM for priority placement.
You will be notified by email of acceptance by Sunday August 27, 2017.

If the video or application fee requirements make it difficult for you to audition, please contact Anna Edwards at scoannaedwards@gmail.com or info@seattlecollaborativeorchestra.org to make other arrangements.

Video Requirements

You need to record and upload a YouTube video with the required excerpts, and solo piece (cell phone video is acceptable).

  • Applicant must be clearly visible throughout the whole audition. Audio and video must both be present.
  • Applicant must state their name, instrument, and title of solo piece they will be performing.
  • Each excerpt should be recorded separately.
  • You MUST make your YouTube link “unlisted” or “public,” otherwise, we cannot view it.
  • Your audition will not be judged on video or audio quality of your recording device. Recording on cell phones or photo booth is acceptable.
  • Videos can be stopped and started between excerpts, but individual excerpts may not be spliced or edited.
  • Audition excerpts should be played / posted in the order listed below.

Audition Excerpts

Auditions will be evaluated for intonation, rhythm, tone quality and musicianship.  Individual Brahms excerpts can be downloaded from

Most of excerpts can be found at: http://orchestraexcerpts.com/
or http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2%2C_Op.73_(Brahms%2C_Johannes)

Strings

Violin

  1. Three octave Major and minor scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Movement I: mm. 101-155 and mm. 319 – 345

Viola

  1. Three octave Major and minor scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Movement I: mm. 114-136, Movement IV: mm. 244 – M

Cello

  1. Three octave Major and minor scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Movement II: mm. 1- 15 and mm. 49 -55

Bass

  1. Two octave Major and minor scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Movement IV: Beginning until 6 m. after B

Harp

  1. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece

Woodwinds

Flute/Picc

  1. Chromatic scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Movement I: L – 7 after M, Movement IV: E – F

Picc (optional)

  1. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece

Oboe

  1. Chromatic scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Movement II: mm. 19-26, Movement III: mm. 1-31

English Horn (optional)

  1. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece

Clarinet

  1. Chromatic scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Movement IV: mm. 86-113 and E – F

Bass Clarinet (optional)

  1. Chromatic scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece

Bassoon

  1. Chromatic Scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Movement IV: mm. 13 – 44, D – 113, 126 – F

Contrabassoon (optional)

Brass

Trumpet

  1. Chromatic scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade) – (look at 2014 Trumpet excerpts – Carnegie Hall)
    https://www.google.com/search?q=trumpet+excerpts+pictures+exhibition&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Horn

  1. Chromatic scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 Movement I: mm. 1-13 (Play Horn 1, 2, 3, & 4 parts) and [M] to m. 477

Trombone

  1. Chromatic scale
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Trombone 1 (Alto) Movement IV: [O] to 14 measures before [P]
  4. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Trombone 2 (Tenor) Movement IV: [O] to 14 measures before [P]

Bass Trombone

  1. Chromatic scale
  2. Brahms: Symphony 2 – Trombone 3 (Bass) Movement IV: [O] to 14 measures before [P]

Tuba

  1. Chromatic
  2. Two minute solo piece – please announce the name of your piece
  3. Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Bydlo) – (please play 2014 Tuba excerpts – Carnegie Hall)
    https://www.google.com/search?q=tuba+excerpt+bydlo&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Percussion

Mallet Percussion TBA