Auditions

Audition Dates 2017-18

Mount Allison University: Saturday, April 8th starting at 10:00am

  • Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music 134 Main St, Sackville, NB E4L 1A6
  • Band room

Université de Moncton: Sunday, April 9th starting at 10:00am

  • Pavilion des Arts 11 Allée des arts
  • salle TBD 

Fredericton: Saturday, May 6th starting at 2:30pm

  • Venue - Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, UNB
  • room 23 & 27

Saint John: Sunday, May 7th starting at 11:00am

  • Saint John Sistema Centre 500 Woodward Ave, Saint John, NB E2K 4G7
  • Percussion room

Saint John: Saturday, June 17th starting at 2:00pm

  • Saint John Sistema Centre 500 Woodward Ave, Saint John, NB E2K 4G7
  • Percussion room

Moncton: Sunday, June 18th starting at 9:00am

  • Moncton Sistema Centre - 211 Mill Road, Moncton, NB, E1A 4A7
  • Tutti room

 

Other cities may be added where there is demand.

To schedule an audition please email Kim Shields (orchestra manager) kshields@nbyo-ojnb.com with your name, instrument and prefered audition location/date. 

Audition Material
  1. completed audition form 
  2. audition fee of $20.00 (cash or cheque)
  3. audition repertoire
  4. photocopy of your contrasting movement(s) of your choice
Audition Repertoire

Violin

SCALE: One three Octave Scale (preferable) or two octaves with shifting

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo violin: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (violin I or II) (It may be 1st or 2nd violin part depending the aspiration of the applicant)

  • First movement, from letter O (with pick up) to mm. 291.
  • Forth movement, beginning to letter B.   

 

Viola

SCALE: One three Octave Scale (preferable) or two octaves with shifting

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo viola: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (viola)

  • First movement, from letter O (with pick up) to mm. 291
  • Fourth movement, beginning to letter B.

 

Violoncelle

SCALE: One three Octave Scale (preferable) or two octaves with shifting

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo cello: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (cello)

  • First movement from 1 measure before letter M to mm.  283
  • First movement from mm. 120  to letter F
  • Second mov mm. 252 to mm. 274. 

 

Double bass

SCALE: One Scale in 2 octaves

SOLO: Your choice of piece for double bass: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPT: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (double bass)

  • First movement, from letter O to mm. 283
  • First movement, from mm. 340 to letter U
  • Fourth movement, mov: mm. 249 to mm. 272.

 

Flute

SCALE: One Scale in 2 octaves

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo flute: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (flute 1)

  • First movement, from mm. 239 to mm. 291
  • Third movement, from mm. 144  to mm. 170

 

Oboe

SCALE: One Scale in 2 octaves

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo oboe: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (oboe 1)

  • First movement, from letter O  to mm. 291
  • Second movement, beginning to mm. 21.

 

Clarinet

SCALE: One Scale in 2 octaves

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo clarinet: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (clarinet 1)

  • First movement, from mm. 161 to mm. 144
  • First movement, from letter O to mm. 291.

 

Bassoon

SCALE: One Scale in 2 octaves

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo bassoon: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (bassoon 1)

  • First movement, from letter E to mm. 114
  • First movement, mm. 248 to mm. 291
  • Second movement, mm. 374 to mm. 390.

 

Horn

SCALE: One Scale in 2 octaves

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo French horn: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (horn 1 & 2)

  • First movement from mm. 296  to letter R (combination of 2nd and 1st parts)
  • First movement, letter I to letter K (1st horn)

 

Trumpet

SCALE: One Scale in 2 octaves

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo trumpet: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCEPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 4 & Bizet: Carmen's "Chanson du Toreador" (trumpet 1)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

  • First movement, from mm. 7 to letter A 
  • First movement, from letter P  to mm. 293.

Bizet: Carmen's “Chanson du Toreador”

  • Solo: mm. 9 to letter D

 

Tenor Trombone

SCALE: One Scale in 2 octaves

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo trombone: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (trombone 1)

  • First movement from mm. 161 to letter K
  • First movement, from letter P to mm. 291. 4th mov: from mm. 127 to letter E.

 

Bass Trombone

SCALE: One scale in two octaves of the applicant’s choice 

PIECE: Your choice of piece for solo bass trombone: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (bass trombone)

  • First movement, from mm. 174 to letter K
  • First movement, from mm. 340 to mm. 352
  • Forth movement, 4th mov: from letter H to the end

 

Tuba

SCALE: One Scale in 2 octaves

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo tuba: two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (tuba)

  • First movement, from mm. 177 to letter K
  • First movement, from mm. 340  to mm. 352
  • Forth movement, letter H to the end

 

Percussion

SOLO: Your choice of piece for solo percussion (drum and/or mallets): two contrasting movements or one with contrasting sections

EXCERPTS: Only one of the following excerpts, of the applicant's choice: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (timpani) & Marquez: Danzon No. 2

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

  • First movement, from letter D to letter K. 

Marquez: Danzon No. 2,

  • snare drum part from mm. 74 to mm. 94
The Audition

An audition panel consisting of three-four professional musicians will hear your audition. The audition will be recorded to allow the panel to evaluate and discuss your audition. The Music Director has the final say, should there be any disagreement among the panel members. 

The entire audition takes about 10 minutes

Eligibility

To be considered for membership in NBYO:

  1. You will be required to demonstrate at an audition, either in person or through a recording, your ability in playing an orchestral instrument. 
  2. You should be a resident of New Brunswick during the NBYO season (although occasional exceptions from a neighbouring Province could be made to fill a key position for which there is no qualified player residing in New Brunswick).

Note, there are no set age limits for membership, nor is it required that members be students at educational institutions. Typically, our players’ ages range from 11 to the early 20s and most (if not all) attend school, college or university in New Brunswick.
Members must be sufficiently mature to deal with the demands of full weekends away from home. If lack of maturity is an issue with an otherwise successful candidate, the candidate’s parents will be contacted prior to the start of the season to discuss the matter in order to come to an agreement. For instance, in the event that a talented (but very young) musician should successfully audition, he or she may be admitted, but a parent may have to commit to accompanying the youngster to NBYO events.

We encourage all young musician to audition as the process in itself is a valuable and educational experience and will be of benefit to all who participate

Selection process

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) is a youth symphony orchestra of 80-90 musically talented young people who reside in New Brunswick. 

We audition for all regular positions each year. Previous participation in NBYO does not guarantee re-admission to the orchestra, or of promotion within the section.

  • Violin: 20 - 24
  • Viola: 6-8
  • Violoncello: 8-10
  • Bass: 6-8
  • Oboe/English horn 4-6
  • Flute/piccolo 4-6
  • Clarinet/bass clarinet 4-6
  • Bassoon 4-6
  • French horn 5-8
  • Trumpet 4-6
  • Trombone 4-6
  • Tuba 2-3
  • Perucssion 3 - 5
  • Keyboard 1 drawn from orchestra
  • Harp 1-2

All candidates will be notified by email by Friday, June 23rd 2017

  1. Regular members - are required to attend all rehearsals and concerts. 
  2. Alternate members - are required at all rehearsals and will audition each rehearsal weekend for the pieces they will perform in the concert. 

Those requiring more development to reach NBYO standards, or who are impossible to place in the Orchestra because of an excess of qualified candidates for a particular instrument are encouraged to audition again the following year. 

Other Important Details

Orchestra Fees: In addition to the $20.00 audition fee, there is a programme fee for full members. Each regular member pays a $500 registration fee, alternates pay $250. These fees contribute in part to the season costs of auditions, music purchase or rental, instruction by professional musicians, and other operational expenses. Member fees account for only about 10% of the total operating cost of NBYO with the balance coming from generous donors, concert ticket sales, CD sales and other sources. Note that there could be additional fees charged for essential materials.

Financial Aid: Each year the NBYO foundation offers bursaries to players with financial need. If you are not able to afford the fees associated with playing in NBYO, please write a cover letter stating the reasons for financial help (including various projected costs of the year). Send this letter, along with a current CV to kshields@nbyo-ojnb.com or mail it to Financial Aid Committee, NBYO, P.O. Box 1617 Moncton NB E1C1M2 before August 1st 2017.