Audition Excerpts

Audition Excerpts

Youth Orchestra Auditions, 2017

Youth Orchestra auditions will take place August 12-14, 2017 at the Renaissance Center, Kingsport, TN.

Primo Orchestra auditions will take place August 17, 2017 at the Renaissance Center, Kingsport, TN.

Sat, Aug 12, 2017 Strings 12:30-5:30 Youth
Sun, Aug 13, 2017  

Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

1:00-5:30p Youth
Mon, Aug 14, 2017 (as needed) Winds 4:00-7:00 Youth
Thur, Aug 17, 2017 Pianist and all strings 4:oo-8:00 Primo

To sign up for an audition time, please call the Symphony office at (423) 392-8423.


Audition Requirements – Youth Orchestra

  1. A prepared solo piece (étude, movement from a sonata or concerto, etc.) that clearly indicates the student’s ability.
  2. Two scales (two octaves preferred) will be selected from major keys up to four flats and four sharps for all strings, woodwinds, brass, and mallet percussion.  The chromatic scale is also required of woodwinds, brass, and mallet percussion.
  3. Sight reading of a selected excerpt from the repertoire


*Please bring a copy of your solo to the audition for the judges.

*Percussionists should prepare a solo on either a mallet instrument, snare drum, or timpani.  Sight reading will be given for the same instrument as the solo.

*Students who perform on utility instruments (piccolo, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet, English horn, etc.) are encouraged to bring these instruments to the audition and prepare a short solo.



Primo Auditions
Thur, August 17, 2017

Students wishing to audition for the Primo orchestra should prepare 1 polished piece of 2-3 minutes duration, and 2 scales, both of their own choosing. Students will be given a simple piece at the audition to sightread. Also please bring the following form, filled out and signed by their teacher: Download Primo Orchestra Skills Checklist


The first Youth Orchestra and Primo rehearsal will be Sun, August 20, 2017.