technical requirements

All applicants and members must be members of their school orchestra if there is a school orchestra program offered at school.

CHAMBER I
Open to string players 8th grade and above.
ALL players must have a GOOD vibrato, GOOD intonation, GOOD tone and have good music reading ability. You must be able to play music with 16th notes and complex counting in all positions.

For your audition, you must have two (2) pieces for audition. One piece should be an allegro tempo piece demonstrating your ability to play above 7th position (vlns), 5th position(vlas) and treble, tenor clef and thumb position for cellos. This piece MUST contain 16th notes and should shift within and use the upper positions more than twice in the piece. A slow piece demonstrating your ability to use your vibrato effectively and your ability to make a beautiful sound is also required. You will be asked to play TWO major scales through all 12 positions (of Mr B's choice) and a minor scale from your lowest note; plus you will be asked to sightread.
Violins and violas should play a major concerto, sonata or major piece at an allegro tempo above seventh position using a good tone and vibrato.
Cellists must play either a major concerto, sonata, or major piece at an allegro tempo utilizing a goodly amount of thumb position, tenor clef and treble clef with a good tone and vibrato. Bassists must have the ability to play all positions and to read tenor and treble clef and play with spiccato.
No etudes or short excerpts will be accepted.

Suggested audition repertoire

CHAMBER II
Open to string players 8th grade and above. All players must be able to play with vibrato.
Violinists must be able to play music written with 16th notes in 5th position at a moderate speed.
Violists must be able to play music written with 8th notes in 5th position.
Cellists must be able to play music written with 16th notes in tenor clef at a moderate speed. Bassists should have the ability to play music written with 16th notes, and the abillity to shift (Rabbath 3rd pos./Simandl 6th pos.).

JUNIOR CHAMBER
Open to players 8th grade and below. All players must be able to play with vibrato.
Violinists should be able to play music written with 16th notes in 5th position at a moderate speed.
Violists should be able to play music written with 8th notes in 5th position at a moderate speed.
Cellists should be able to play music written with 16th notes in tenor clef at a moderate speed, and in thumb position.
Bassists should have the ability to play music written with 16th notes, and the abillity to shift (Rabbath 3rd pos./Simandl 6th pos.).

SINFONIA I
Violinists must be able to play music written with 16th notes in 3rd position at moderate speed.
Violists must be able to play music written with 8th notes in 3rd position at a moderate speed.
Cellists must be able to play music written with 16th notes in 4th position at a moderate speed.
Bassists must have the ability to play music written with 16th notes, shifting in and out of fourth position (Simandl 4th pos.)

SINFONIA II
All players must be able to play and count out loud music written with a dotted quarter note/eighth note pattern, and 16th notes in 1st position at a moderate speed.

SINFONIA III
Open to players of violin, viola, cello and bass who have played the instrument for a minimum of one year. Players must know note names and must be able to count and read music utilizing eighth notes and dotted half notes with key signatures of one or two sharps.

 

 

Tucson Junior Strings 
Dennis Bourret, Director
6426 East Eli Drive
Tucson, AZ 85710-8741
Telephone (520) 465-1334
e-mail: dbourret@cox.net

 


 

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