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.
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AYOA Camerata Evaluation
Violin I: Measure 20, beat 3 - 68
Violin II: Measure 20, beat 3 - 72
VIola: Measure 21 - 72
Cello: Measure 21 - 72
AYOA Intermezzo Evaluation
Fiddling A-Round, quarter note=100
Violin I- measures B to D
Violin II- measures 19-35 (it’s where the melody starts in the round)
Viola- measures 19-35 (it’s where the melody starts in the round)
Cello- measures C-F
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.