July 18, 2019
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AYO Chair Tests
2019 - 2020 Chair Test Material for String Players
in AYO Symphony and Philharmonic


All the excerpts for the chair test audition placements in the AYO symphony and Philharmonic are taken from one of the prescribed TMEA All-State Etudes for 2019-2020.

A video recording of you playing the excerpt listed for your instrument and orchestra will be due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019. The video must be uploaded to your AYO account 


Chair Test Material for String Players in AYO Symphony.


AYO Symphony Chair Audition Material: VIOLIN.
Rode Etude No.5: measure 37 to the End. Quarter Note = 75 or faster.

AYO Symphony Chair Audition Material: VIOLA.
Mazas Etude No.47: measure 1 to ms. 37. Quarter Note = 70 or faster.

AYO Symphony Chair Audition Material: CELLO.
DuPort Etude No.11: measure 1 to the ms. 42. Quarter Note = 90 or faster.

AYO Symphony Chair Audition Material: String Bass.
Lee Etude No.12: measure 1 to the End. Quarter Note = 70 or faster.

Chair Test Material for String Players in AYO Philharmonic.

AYO Philharmonic Chair Audition Material: VIOLIN.
Rode Etude No. 5: measure 14 to downbeat of 32. Quarter Note = 60 or faster.

AYO Philharmonic Chair Audition Material: VIOLA
Mazas Etude No. 47: measure 1 to ms. 19. Quarter Note = 60 or faster.

AYO Philharmonic Chair Audition Material: CELLO.
DuPort Etude No. 11: measure 1 to downbeat of 21. Quarter Note =75 or faster.

AYO Philharmonic Chair Audition Material: String Bass.
Lee Etude No. 12: measure 1 to through ms. 24. Quarter Note = 60 or faster.


Sinfonietta chair test information coming up soon!


 

AYO CHAIR TEST AUDITIONS
 
AYO Symphony, Philharmonic and Sinfonietta 

Chair test auditions are a necessary and helpful part of the Austin Youth Orchestra experience:
  • Students will encounter these auditions throughout their musical journey.
  • The chair test are the basis for seating the members of the orchestra in an order that produces the strongest possible ensemble.
  • Chair test chair test will happen at the beginning of each semester. No more than one evaluation per semester.
  • These chair test auditions are not optional.
  • Members of these orchestras will submit their chair test auditions via video recordings according to the instruction on the AYO website.
  • Students who fail to submit a video chair test audition will be placed at the back of the instrumental section.
  • Students who do not fulfill two consecutive chair test audition requirements will be dismissed from the AYO program without refund of the tuition paid.