October 14, 2019
AYOA Evaluations
AYOA Evaluation Requirements 

AYOA Camerata and Intermezzo: 

evaluations are a necessary and helpful part of the Austin Youth Orchestra Academy experience:
  • Students will encounter these auditions throughout their musical journey.
  • The evaluations help the conductor to know the technical skills of the members of the orchestra and to coordinate that knowledge with the music being chosen to perform.
  • The evaluations are the basis for seating the members of the orchestra in an order that produces the strongest possible ensemble.
  • Chair evaluations will happen at the beginning of each semester, and again closer to the date of scheduled performances.
  • These evaluations are not optional.
  • Members of these orchestras will sometimes submit their evaluation via video recordings according to the instruction on the AYO website, or the evaluation may be a live playing event during the regular rehearsal. 
  • Students who fail to submit an evaluation or who are not present for the live evaluation will be placed at the back of the instrumental section.
  • Students who do not fulfill two consecutive evaluation requirements will be dismissed from the AYO program without refund of the tuition paid.
AYOA Concertante and Prelude: 

will not have formal evaluations, which means students are ranked in in numerical order based on skill level.
  • The conductors of these formative orchestras will determine, from observation during the rehearsals and/or sectionals, how to best seat the students to achieve the strongest possible ensemble.
  • The conductor of each orchestra may ask for checkpoint playing events during the semester to evaluate individual progress, encourage practice, and to form plans for future rehearsals.
  • The conductor will decide which player will sit in the Concertmaster and Principal chair in each section.  
  • The conductor will also designate Section Anchors. Section Anchors will be strong players seated throughout the section to produce the strongest possible ensemble.