AYOA Evaluation Requirements
AYOA Camerata and Intermezzo:
evaluations are a necessary and helpful part of the Austin Youth Orchestra Academy experience:
AYOA Concertante and Prelude:
- 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.
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.