Audition Information

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 only).
  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, which can be found in your Member Portal.

Orchestra Requirements

Young People's Philharmonic

String Candidates
Wind
Brass
Percussion

String candidates should be prepared to:

a. Play their own selection from the solo repertoire
b. Play scales in 3 octaves detache, at various tempo, in any major or minor key
c. Sightread an excerpt from the current orchestral repertoire

Wind candidates should be prepared to:

  1. Play their own selection from the solo repertoire
  2. Play major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps
  3. Sightread an excerpt from the current orchestral repertoire

In addition:

  • Flute students 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. Play major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps
  3. Sightread an excerpt from the current orchestral repertoire
  • 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. Play their own selection from the solo repertoire
  2. Play major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps
  3. Sightread an excerpt from the current orchestral repertoire
  • Play timpani
  • Snare drums and cymbals, and

Should have begun learning mallet percussion.

Junior String Philharmonic

String candidates should be prepared to:
Scales
Solo Piece
Sight Reading

  • 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.

YPP Wind Symphony

Please note: Auditions will be audio recorded All students currently in 5th through 8th grades are eligible to apply. The audition is approximately ten minutes in length. The student should prepare to play a piece of your own choice and to sight-read music that is appropriate for your instrument.
Wind Instruments
Percussion

 

 

  • Scales – Minimum of Concert Bb, Eb, F and C in two octaves and chromatic one octave
  • Solo Piece – Student’s choice
  • Sight reading – Short excerpt supplied by the director

 

Battery (snare & bass drum as well as auxiliary)

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

Mallets

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

Timpani

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

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 $525 per student and $325 for each additional sibling.

Annual Tuition for the YPP Chamber Players is $400 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.

Spring 2019 Auditions Location