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 under the direction of Fernanda Lastra and Jonathan Dexter's experienced batons. Rehearsals, which begin inSeptember and end in May, will culminate in three public concerts a year.
Interested musicians are encouraged to audition at any time during the 2016-2017 Season. All instruments are strongly encouraged to audition. We want YOU!
Registrations are now being accepted for enrollment in the 2016-2017 Full Session. We will be offering an Early Bird Registration period through Friday, August 5 (for 2015-2016 Full Session students). If you register during that time, PASCP will waive the annual registration fee. Registrations may be dropped off at the front desk, mailed to 3006 Research Drive, Suite D-1, State College, PA 16801, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download the registration form, please click here. The cost to participate in CPYO is $63/month. The season runs from September 2016 - May 2017.
2016-2017 Season audition dates are scheduled for:
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Auditions will take place at the PASCP Studios, located at 3006 Research Drive, Suite D-1, State College, PA 16801.
All interested musicians must schedule an audition time with Cecilia Dunoyer by emailing email@example.com. CPYO holds auditions at the beginning of the season. Returning students will not be denied participation in CPYO, but must audition for our Music Director to determine seating in their respective section.
Interested new members may request auditions throughout the season by appointment.
Auditions will last 4-5 minutes. Students should perform a piece that they feel showcases their abilities. In addition, students will be asked to perform scales up to 2 sharps and 2 flats. Finally - and everyone's least favorite part - sight-reading! Each student will be given a short excerpt, and will be asked to play the excerpt to the best of his/her ability.
What to expect
Scales: You must come prepared to perform any scale asked of you from the scale sheet that pertains to your instrument. They can be found on the website http://www.pmeadistrict7.org/scale-requirements.html
Solo: Prepare an excerpt of a solo of your choice 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.
Excerpt: The orchestra excerpt for your instrument can be found below as a PDF. The excerpt for your CPYO Audition is Finlandia, the masterpiece by Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.
-In order to find the approximate tempo please listen to the recording of these pieces:
CLARINET excerpts from letter F to L
FLUTE excerpts from letter F to L
BASSOON excerpts from letter L to O
HORN excerpts from beginning to letter D, letter M to O
LOW BRASS excerpts from beginning to letter D, letter M to O
OBOE excerpts from letter F to L
TIMPANI & PERCUSSION excerpt from letter F to G
TRUMPET excerpts from beginning to letter D, letter M to O
All instrumentalists will be expected to sightread as a portion of their audition. To practice this skill—do it everyday for a few minutes. Start with noticing the key signature, time signature, tempo marking, and then take a quick glance to notice any tricky measures that change meter or the range—and then play it without stopping. It won’t be perfect, but each day you sightread, you will improve.
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’re 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!
Membership requires an audition. To schedule an audition, please contact Cecilia Dunoyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once accepted into CPYO, students must register at PASCP. To register, please contact Sarah Kopac at 814.234.4961 or email@example.com. Registration forms may also be downloaded and mailed to PASCP. To download the registration form, please click here.
The cost to participate in CPYO is $63/month. The season runs from September 2016 - May 2017.
NOTE: All musicians who do not register prior to the first rehearsal will incur a $50 late fee.