2017-18 Louisiana Youth Orchestra Auditions

Please check the following audition information for the LYO ensemble you are interested in:

Louisiana Youth Orchestra: Note: String players are eligible in grades 9-college, wind and percussion players are eligible in grades 10-college.  Auditions will be held on August 26 from 9:00am – 1:00pm, and August 27 from 2:00 – 5:00pm. Both audition days will be held at the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building (191 Dalrymple Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70802). Contact Music Director David Torns at (225) 400-0332 or dtorns@brso.org to schedule an audition time.  Please include your name, instrument, contact information, and a preferred audition date and time.  We will try to accommodate you as best as possible.

LYO Percussion Ensemble: Please contact LYO Percussion Instructor Kyle Cherwinski at kcherw1@lsu.edu for information about auditioning for the LYO Percussion Ensemble.

Louisiana Junior Youth Orchestra: Note: String players are eligible in grades 6-8, wind and percussion players are eligible in grades 6-9. Auditions will be held on August 26 from 9:00am – 1:00pm, and August 27 from 2:00 – 5:00pm. Both audition days will be held at the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building (191 Dalrymple Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70802).  Contact Conductor Jennifer Cassin at (225) 772-9397 or  lavoila@hotmail.com to schedule an audition time. Please include your name, instrument, contact information, and a preferred audition date and time.  We will try to accommodate you as best as possible.

Louisiana Junior String Ensemble: Open rehearsals will be held on September 11 and September 18 at the LSU School of Music in room 115, from 5:45-7:00pm.  Music will be provided by the conductor;  students should bring their instruments and a music stand.  Students will reserve an audition time with Lisa McGibney at the open rehearsals. Auditions will be held September 23 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, location is TBA.  Please email Conductor Lisa McGibney at voilalisa@yahoo.com with any questions.

Note: The audition process is only a tool that we use to place students in the appropriate ensembles according to skill level and age. The LYO is a non-competitive environment where students learn through encouragement and high musical standards.

Note: If accepted into the LYO program, there is a tuition of $200.00 for the year. Payment is due in full at the first rehearsal. Checks should be made out to LYO.

Audition Requirements for LYO Ensembles:

Louisiana Youth Orchestra: Winds and strings must prepare the following:
A prepared solo piece (no accompaniment needed)
Scales: 3 octaves for key signatures C major, G major, D major, B-flat major, and E-flat major.  If you are not able to play 3 octaves, please prepare 2 octaves.
Sight reading

LYO Percussion Ensemble:
Snare Drum
Open stroke roll (soft to loud to soft)
Closed stroke roll (soft to loud to soft)
Timpani
Must be able to match pitch
Keyboard
Major and minor scales, 2 octaves in sixteenth notes
Identification of key signatures
Sight reading

Louisiana Junior Youth Orchestra: Winds and strings should prepare the following:
A prepared solo piece (no accompaniment needed)
A major scale: key signatures C major, G major, D major, F major, B-flat major. Please prepare 2 octaves, if you are able to play 3 octaves please do.
Sight reading

Louisiana Junior String Ensemble: Audition requirements will be announced by the conductor at the open rehearsals.

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