Audition to join YOCJ

Young musicians (elementary through high school) are all welcomed to audition for The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey in January, June, and September.

Students MUST study privately and be enrolled in either their school band or orchestra in order to become and remain a member of YOCJ. Recommendation by the student’s private teacher is required. Homeschoolers are also invited to audition!

***Click HERE for the Registration link, complete audition information, & upcoming dates.***

Please scroll down below to find the musical requirements for your particular instrument.

Violin

  • 3 octave scale of student’s choice
  • Fluency in 1st and 3rd positions; familiarity with higher positions
  • Solo: Suzuki Bk. 4; preferred: Suzuki Bk. 5 or above (or equivalent)
  • Sight reading

Viola

  • 2 octave scale; preferred: 3 octave scale of student’s choice
  • Fluency in 1st position with extensions; familiarity with 3rd positions
  • Solo: Suzuki Bk.3 or above (or equivalent)
  • Sight reading

Cello

  • 2 octave scale; preferred: 3 octave scale of student’s choice
  • Fluency in 1st position with extensions; preferred: all neck positions
  • Solo: Suzuki Bk. 3 or above (or equivalent)
  • Sight reading

String Bass

  • 1 octave scale of Bb & D major
  • Solo demonstrating facility in neck positions
  • Sight reading

Woodwinds & Brass

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats (C, D, Eb, E, F, G, Ab, A, Bb)
  • plus chromatic scale
  • Solo demonstrating best ability
  • Sight reading
    Questions on any specific woodwind & brass requirements should be directed to Brian Woodward at brianwoodward1@mac.com

Saxophone Ensemble

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats memorized (C, D, Eb, E, F, G, Ab, A, Bb)
  • 2 octave Chromatic Scale from low C to high C
  • A piece of classical music at or above the level of Essential Elements Book 2 (preferably higher)
  • Sight reading
  • Instrumental assignments are chosen at the discretion of the director.  Depending on your audition results, you may be asked to play on a saxophone other than the one you auditioned on.  These saxophones will be provided for you by YOCJ if necessary.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Jordan Smith.

Saxophone Choir

  • Must be in at least 9th grade to audition
  • All Major Scales memorized at 120bpm in 16th notes, slurred
  • Full-range chromatic scale from low Bb to high F/F# (ascending and descending)
  • A piece of early college level classical saxophone music.  Examples include Eccles Sonata, Fasch Sonata, Lunde Sonata, Maurice Tableaux de Provence, Bozza Aria, Glazunov Concerto, Milhaud Scaramouche.
  • Sight reading
  • Instrumental assignments are chosen at the discretion of the director.  Depending on your audition results, you may be asked to play on a saxophone other than the one you auditioned on.  These saxophones will be provided for you by YOCJ if necessary.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Jordan Smith.

Percussion

  • Snare Drum: short etude; sight-reading
  • Two Timpani: short etude; sight-reading; demonstrate tuning
  • Mallet Instrument: short etude; sight-reading
  • Sight reading

Recommended audition material can consist of excerpts from:

  • New Jersey Region audition
  • Orchestral experts
  • Classical etudes from Modern Studies and Etudes for the Total Percussionist
  • Snare Drum- Portraits In Rhythm, Podemski
  • Keyboard Percussion- Classical sonatas from Corelli, Handel, etc.
  • Modern from School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone
  • Timpani- Etudes from Modern Method for Timpani, Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani by Raynor Carroll 
    Students are welcome to audition on 2 out of 3 of the percussion instruments required.
    Students auditioning on all three components of percussion will receive stronger consideration for acceptance.