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Spring auditions for the 2019-20 season will take place on April 25, 26 and 27, 2019

Please call the Symphony Office to schedule an audition time (920-452-1985)

Auditions Requirements:

—Scale (woodwind and brass only): A scale showing the student’s fullest range. Chromatic if possible.

—Solo: All students should prepare a solo that fully demonstrates their ability on their instrument ( Percussion see below). WSMA Class A or B (or equivalent difficulty) for consideration for Concert Orchestra; Class B or C (or equivalent difficulty) for Sinfonia. If multi-movement, excerpts from each movement permitted.

     String students: It is important that any ability to play beyond first position is shown, preferably in their solo (rather than in a scale). In order to be considered for Concert Orchestra, violinists and violists should demonstrate sufficient ability to play in third position minimally, and cellists should demonstrate sufficient ability to play in fourth position minimally.

     Percussion students: A short etude/piece on snare and mallet percussion. Timpani piece encouraged but optional.

—Sight-reading: All students will sight-read a brief excerpt.

Audition location: All auditions will be held in the band room at South High School, 3128 South 12th Street in Sheboygan. A general warm up room will be available at the auditions. Students and families should enter South High school through the commons area of the school.

Both Sinfonia and Concert Orchestra are full orchestras, including woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Placement in either Sinfonia or Concert Orchestra is done strictly by performance ability, not student age. Many sections of our orchestras are currently full, but there are a few areas in which we have openings for the upcoming season. We currently have openings for string bass, oboe, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion. Violins, violas, and cellos are also welcome to audition at this time to augment our sections.

The SAYS Sinfonia is directed by Fabian Qamar. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings, September through April. Sinfonia strings rehearse from 4:30 - 6 p.m., and winds and percussion from 5 – 6 p.m.

The SAYS Concert Orchestra is directed by Jeremiah Eis. The Concert Orchestra rehearses 7-9 p.m. Mondays September through April, and strings 6:30 - 9 p.m. The Youth Symphonies perform three concerts each season.

Organizers ask area residents to encourage music students to audition and spread the word about the upcoming auditions.

For more information on the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony and other audition opportunities please call 920-452-1985 or visit us at sheboygansymphony.org/about/sheboygan-area-youth-symphony/

Please download and fill out our audition form and bring it with you to your audition.

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