Are you a musician who is ...
passionate about performing masterworks that span the ages?
driven to improve orchestral musicianship skills and techniques?
enthusiastic about being part of a community of dedicated musicians?
CPYO is seeking talented musicians who wish to contribute their ability and love of music to an orchestra filled with friends and peers, and who are ready to commit to weekly rehearsals, which begin in September and end in May.
Interested musicians are encouraged to audition at any time during the 2018-2019 Season. All instruments are strongly encouraged to audition. We want YOU!
Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra
We are excited to announce new programs and opportunities - starting fall 2018 - for advanced CPYO students. This group is intended for students approximately entering grades 9 through 12. This is intended for these grade level but entry is based on skill level.
Central Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra
The Chamber Orchestra program remains unchanged and serves young string players (ranging in age between 4th and 9th grade) seeking to experience their first orchestral training in a nurturing learning environment.
SIGN UP TO AUDITION HERE, CLICK THE LINK
All auditions are between 5-10 minutes long with a piece of your choosing. You may be asked to sight-read a short excerpt.
ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
When you prepare your solo(s), choose a piece that BEST demonstrates your ability. Do NOT play something that is a work in progress. Play something that shows you at your BEST, even if it means performing something a little easier than you are currently playing.
WHAT WE ARE LISTENING FOR:
We are listening first and foremost to your tone. It must be characteristic in all registers of the instrument. There must be an energy to your sound and a commitment to the required dynamics and articulation.
We are listening for correct notes and intonation, especially in the outer registers of the instrument.
We are listening for rhythmic accuracy, especially with regard to dotted rhythms—we are also listening that longer notes have the correct number of subdivided notes within it to maintain the correct relationship (i.e. dotted-quarter contains 3 eighth-notes…no more, no fewer.)
We’re listening for evidence of hard work and preparation.
REMEMBER: AUDITIONS ARE SIMPLY A WAY TO JUDGE YOUR READINESS FOR THIS EXPERIENCE. NO ONE WILL BE DENIED MEMBERSHIP SOLELY ON ONE PORTION OF THE AUDITION. SO COME IN, RELAX, AND PLAY YOUR BEST!