SPRING 2021 Orchestra EXCERPTS

for those wishing to remain in their 2019-2020 ensemble for 2020-2021

In lieu of seating auditions, all students who wish to return to their 2019-2020 orchestra who were in PSO, Rep, or CO should prepare the excerpts that were distributed for their orchestra in the CKYO 73rd Season: 2020-2021 Ensemble Auditions (i.e. PSO strings should prepare Excerpt 1; Rep strings should prepare Excerpt 2; CO strings should prepare Excerpt 2, and 3). Click HERE to access those excerpts.


Symphony Orchestra STRING students should prepare the following excerpts:

VIOLIN                VIOLA                 CELLO                DOUBLE BASS

Symphony Orchestra WIND and BRASS students  interested in playing in a small ensemble should prepare the following excerpts:

FLUTE                 OBOE                  CLARINET  

BASSOON        HORN                 TRUMPET


No solo or scales are required for students wishing to return to their 2019-2020 orchestra.


The video performance is trying to replicate the in-person audition experience as much as possible. Each video should be one long, continuous take (i.e. you should not edit together each part of the audition with breaks and stops throughout; however you may practice making several long videos of your audition and submit the best one).



We are very happy to receive auditions made with a smartphone. If it’s reasonably clear, we will be able to use the material. If there are issues, we’ll get in touch with you.


You can make your video wherever you’d like, but consider playing in a larger space that sounds good to you and be sure that your face, hands and instrument are visible. Make sure your music stand is not covering you and that judges can see your fingering, bowing, posture, etc.


Your video should be made in one take and the separate parts should not be edited and instead be played straight through to replicate an in person audition experience. 

  1. If you do not have one, create a YouTube account using the YouTube app (you’ll need a Google account first) or visit the site. Directions on how to create an account

  2. Have someone help record your audition. Make sure you are clearly visible and the stand is not in front of you. The video must clearly show the musician’s face, hands, and instrument. Instructions on how to upload your video on various devices.

  3. At the start of your video, please state ALL and ONLY the following:

    • “Hello, my name is __________. And I play ________ (instrument).”

    • “I will be returning to _______________ Orchestra.”

    • Then perform your excerpts.

  4. There will be no sight reading, scales, or solo required for this video.

  5. Once you’ve recorded yourself, label/name the video like this: CKYO, ORCHESTRA, Instrument, Last name, First name.

  6. You will also have to change the video's privacy settings from “Public” to “Unlisted,” which is done in the field below where you renamed it. You will want to have your privacy settings of your video set as “Unlisted,” not “Private” or "Public.” In this way, CKYO will be able to share the link with the judges reviewing players of your instrument. Only our audition team team with this “Unlisted” link will be able to access your audition. Help on changing your video's privacy settings.

  7. When your video is uploaded and you have your link, complete the CKYO Video Submission Form below so we have your information and the link to your video.

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