October 14, 2019
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AYO Chair Tests
2019-2020 Chair Test Material for String Players
in AYO Symphony, Philharmonic and Sinfonietta


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.



Chair Test Material for String Players in AYO Sinfonietta


Fall 2019 Sinfonietta Chair Test Due by Saturday, August 24 at 12:00 p.m.

Submit a video recording of the following excerpts with the metronome on at the indicated tempo. Along with a steady and appropriate tempo, your performance should demonstrate all musical markings including accurate rhythm, bowing, articulation, phrasing and dynamics.

Recordings should be submitted via Google Classroom or emailed to Ms. Horvitz.

Submit on Google Classroom:
  • Log into your Google account and go to Google Classroom
  • Contact us at AYOAcademy2020@gmail.com if you need the code to join Google Classroom
  • Please note that this must be a personal account and not connected to an ISD school account.
OR

Submit by email to Ms. Horvitz
ayosinfonietta@gmail.com


Excerpt #1
Themes from “American” Quartet by Dvorak/Hoffman
Metronome Marking: Quarter Note = 110
Violin: mm. 5 through 17
Viola: mm. 3 through 17
Cello: mm. 6 through 18
Bass: mm. 6 through 18

Excerpt #2
Gates of Valhalla by Joshua Reznicow
Metronome Marking: Quarter Note = 96
Violin: mm. 43 through 55 *play top notes of divisi
Viola: mm. 43 through 55 *play top notes of divisi
Cello: mm. 43 through 55 *play top notes of divisi
Bass: mm. 33 (start on beat 3 arco quarter note A) through the downbeat of mm. 45




 

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.



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