Audition Information

Auditions for the 2021-2022 season will be held on June 1st and June 2nd from 4PM to 8PM. Auditions will take place at Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 514 3rd Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18018. 

You must fill out and submit an Audition Registration Form if you fall into one of the following groups:

  1.  New to the Young People’s Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley organization
  2.  Currently in the Junior String Philharmonic or YPP Wind Symphony and would like to join the Young People’s Philharmonic (for those entering 9th grade in the fall of 2021).
  3.  If you are interested in the YPP Chamber Player program, but have not previously participated in it.

Returning Students who are not in the above categories are not required to re-audition.  However, you must fill out and submit a Returning Student Registration Form 

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Young People's Philharmonic

(Grades 9 through 12)
String Candidates
Wind
Brass
Percussion
Virtual audition info

String candidates should be prepared to:

a. Play their own selection from the solo repertoire
b. Prepare 2 scales in 3 octaves. One major scale and one minor scale.

Wind candidates should be prepared to:

  1. Play their own selection from the solo repertoire
  2. Prepare 2 scales in 2 octaves, preferably one major scale and one minor scale.

In addition:

  • Flute students will be asked to play a C Major scale in 3 octaves, and should be able to play or be willing to learn to play piccolo. If the student does play piccolo, please bring the instrument to the audition and be prepared to play a short solo or orchestral excerpt and scales.
  • Oboe students should play or be willing to learn to play English horn. If the student does play English horn, please bring the instrument to the audition and be prepared to play a short solo or orchestral excerpt and scales.
  • Clarinet students should be willing to learn A clarinet.  

Brass candidates should be prepared to:

  1. Play their own selection from the solo repertoire
  2. Prepare 2 scales in 2 octaves, one major scale and one minor scale.

  • Horn students should have begun to learn transposition.
  • Trumpet students must have a Bb trumpet and, if possible, have access to a C trumpet and should have begun to learn transposition.
  • Trombone students must be able to read bass and should have begun to learn tenor clef.  

Percussion candidates should be prepared to:

  1. Prepare a snare drum solo and/or timpani solo (if accessible)
  • Should have begun learning mallet percussion. If you have begun learning mallet percussion you will be asked to play 4 octaves in a major scale
  • Should be comfortable playing aux percussion

 

We are now accepting pre-recorded video submissions for auditions. Please be sure to complete your solo, and scales in the same video. See below for complete instructions. 

Please make sure your instrument can be seen clearly in the video you are submitting. The director must be able to see your hands and the entire instrument in the recording. 

When setting up for the video recording, it is best not to be too far away from the mic source or too close; 5 or 6 feet away should be fine.

Once we receive your Registration Form, you will be given a link to upload your audition video. 

Results will be announced within the 2 weeks following the submission deadline.

Thank you and good luck!

Junior String Philharmonic

(Grades 5 through 9)
Scales
Solo Piece
Sight Reading
Virtual audition info

  • One flat key and one sharp key
  • Must be able to play a minimum of 2 octaves

Each applicant will perform a solo piece of their choice.

Applicants must be able to shift and read comfortably into Third Position and use vibrato as minimum requirements. It is important that students participate in their school ensembles as well as JSP if accepted.

We will be having all JSP auditions through the zoom application over the internet. 

Once we receive your Registration Form, you will be given a time slot and a link to join the “Zoom meeting” for your audition on THURS May 28th. You will perform your solo and scales for the Music Director, virtually, from your own home.

SIGHT-READING- You will receive a piece of music via email, on the day of the audition to perform for the Music Director.

 

YPP Wind Symphony

(Grades 6 through 9)
Wind Instruments (Brass and Woodwind):
Percussion
Virtual audition info

 

– Scales – Minimum of Concert Bb, Eb, F and C in two octaves and chromatic one octave

– Director choses one scale/student choses the second scale

– All instruments play the chromatic scale

– Solo Piece – Student’s choice 

– Sight reading – The student should be prepared to play a level-appropriate excerpt supplied by the director.

Battery (snare & bass drum as well as auxiliary)

  1. Demonstration of basic rudiments from 26 Standard American Drum Rudiments
  2. Solo Piece – Student’s choice 
  3. Sight reading – Short excerpt supplied by the director

Mallets

  1. Scales – Minimum of Concert Bb, Eb, F and C in two octaves and chromatic one octave
    1. Director choses one scale/student choses the second scale
    2. All instruments play the chromatic scale
  2. Demonstrate ability to produce a roll with good tone
  3. Solo Piece – Student’s choice 
  4. Sight reading – Short excerpt supplied by the director

Timpani

  1. Demonstrate ability to produce a roll with good tone
  2. Demonstrate accuracy in tuning
  3. Solo Piece – Student’s choice 
  4. Sight reading – Short excerpt supplied by the director

Please note:  Auditions will be audio recorded.

 

We are now accepting pre-recorded video submissions for auditions. Please be sure to complete your solo, and scales in the same video. See below for complete instructions. 

Please make sure your instrument can be seen clearly in the video you are submitting. The director must be able to see your hands and the entire instrument in the recording.

When setting up for the video recording, it is best not to be too far away from the mic source or too close; 5 or 6 feet away should be fine.

Once we receive your Registration Form, you will be given a link to upload your audition video. 

In addition: you will be required to scan a copy of the solo piece. Announce the name of the
scale or rudiment as you record them. Also, the name of your solo piece.

Results will be announced within the 2 weeks following the submission deadline.

Thank you and good luck!

YPP Chamber Players

Technical Guidelines
Audition Guidelines

For technical guidelines, students grades 9-12 should refer to the YPP Audition Requirements; string players grades 5-8 should refer to the JSP Audition Requirements.

 

  • String players in grades 5-9, register for a JSP audition time
  • String, woodwind & brass players in grades 9-12, register for a YPP audition time.

Annual Tuition

Annual tuition for The Young People’s Philharmonic, Junior String Philharmonic and YPP Wind Symphony is $575 per student and $375 for each additional sibling.

Annual Tuition for the YPP Chamber Players is $450 for each student.

Financial Assistance is Available.  The deadline for applications is July 1st. 

Call the office for more information at 610-868-9888  or send us an email through the Contact Page.