Last Update: 06/30/2017

PYS Auditions:

Auditions for orchestra membership in the 2017-2018 season will be offered over Labor Day weekend (September 2rd and 3th, 2017) in the Education Institute of Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. If you are interested in auditioning for an orchestra, please submit the online registration form below. You will receive notice of your assigned audition day and time by mail, approximately one week prior to your audition.

In recent years, we have been assigning auditions in blocks according to instrument and orchestra...

  • Auditions for Symphonic Strings violins have been scheduled on the Saturday morning.
  • Auditions for Pinellas Youth Philharmonic violins have been scheduled on the Saturday afternoon, extending into the early evening.
  • Auditions for Pinellas Youth Symphony violins have been scheduled on the Sunday afternoon, extending into the early evening.
  • Auditions for violas, cellos, and bass viols, for all three orchestras, are scheduled for the early afternoons, but whether their blocks are scheduled on Saturday or Sunday varies from year to year based on the numbers of students auditioning.
  • Auditions for all brass and woodwind players have been scheduled on the Saturday morning, extending as far into the afternoon as needed.
  • Auditions for percussionists typically are set for early afternoon on one of the first rehearsal days, rather than the same day as the other instruments are auditioning.

    Students are strongly encouraged to participate in their school music programs where available and encouraged to seek private instruction. Study of assigned music and practice outside of rehearsal insures the advancement of the orchestra as a whole during rehearsal time.

    Orchestra rehearsals for the 2017-2018 season will begin on September 10, 2017. Beginning Strings classes will begin on September 17, 2017 (tentative).

    Click here for the Online Audition Registration Form

    Directions For Playing Excerpts Posted On This Website:
    You will be asked to play from the audition requirements below and in addition you will be expected to perform excerpt(s) as appropriate for your instrument. It is suggested that you look at the music listed for your instrument and play the excerpt(s) that are most challenging for you. Also be aware you may be asked to perform an excerpt or two directly below the level of your chosen excerpt(s).

    You must be prepared to play all of the specified requirements when auditioning. Please understand that the adjudicators may choose to omit some items during the actual audition.

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    Follow this link to read the Audition Requirements in PDF format

    2017 / 2018 Season


    Introductory Intermediate Advanced
    Includes… Includes… Includes…
    Symphonic Strings Pinellas Youth Philharmonic Pinellas Youth Symphony
    Serenade Strings


    A  1 minute solo or etude of your choice One solo at least 2 minutes in length. One solo at least 2 minutes in length.
    SCALES: For Strings

    C, D and F - 1 octave  G - 2 octaves

    Quarter note = 60-120 The 9 Major Scales & Arpeggios from 4b through 4#, 2 octaves (Bass: E, F, and G - 2 octaves, all others 1 octave

    Quarter note = 72-120 The 9 Major Scales & Arpeggios from 4b through 4#, 3 octaves (Bass: E, F, and G - 3 octaves, all others 2 octaves)

    For Woodwinds and Brass


    Quarter note = 60-120 These 7 Major Scales & Arpeggios: concert G,C,F,Bb,Eb,Ab,Db; 2 octaves when practical. Chromatic scale by memory.

    Quarter note = 72-120 The 12 Major Scales & Arpeggios. Chromatic scale by memory - quarter note = 88.







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    Snare Drum:

    Prepared piece or etude of student's choice, examples of which may be found in Whaley Fundamental Studies for Snare Drum, Whaley Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer, or Goldenberg Modern School for the Snare Drum.

    Keyboard Percussion:

    Major scales,  one octave.  Student will play  several  scales of their choice after which the adjudicator may ask for several more.


    The  Adjudicator  will  sound  several  notes on a pitch source and ask the  student to  tune them  on the Timpani.  The  student  will play an an etude or orchestral excerpt for two timpani, without tuning changes, examples of which may be found in the Whaley Fundamental Studies for TimpaniWhaley Primary Handbook for Timpani, or Goodman Modern Method for Timpani.


    Students may substitute a prepared  piece on keyboard percussion or timpani  for  the  prepared   piece  on  snare  drum.  In  this  case  the adjudicator  may  ask them  to sight read  a  brief  snare  drum  etude similar to the examples listed above.