Audition Materials for Viola

2024-2025, Version F

SEMYO Orchestras

Bravura Strings is a string orchestra for students who play violin, viola, cello, and bass with 1-2 years playing experience (or Suzuki grade 1-2). Orchestra members will increase musical aptitude and learn basic ensemble playing skills while rehearsing and performing in a string orchestra.

Chamber Strings is a string orchestra for students who play violin, viola, cello, and bass with 2 or more years playing (or Suzuki grade 3). Orchestra members will rehearse and perform arranged and original works for string orchestra while preparing for participation in the SEMYO Philharmonic Orchestra.

Philharmonic Orchestra is a full orchestra experience for students who play a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. String players typically need 3-4 years experience and percussion and wind/brass players typically need 2 or more years playing experience.

Concert Orchestra is a full orchestra experience for advanced students on string, woodwind, brass, harp, and percussion instruments. Literature includes original masterworks for full symphony orchestra. Students may play music in any key and utilize advanced techniques.

For instructions and guidelines on submitting your audition video please visit https://www.semyo.org/experience/auditions/

1. Solo

  • If you are auditioning for Bravura Strings, you do not have to record a solo.
  • For Chamber Strings, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra, please record one solo between 1-2 minutes that best demonstrates your abilities. Solos need not be memorized.
  • Choose your selection with guidance from your private teacher or orchestra/band director. If you need a suggestion on which solo to prepare, please contact us at [email protected]!

2. Excerpts

For Bravura Strings, please record excerpt #1.

For Chamber Strings, please record excerpts #2 and #3.

For Philharmonic Orchestra, please record excerpts #3 and #4.

For Concert Orchestra, please record excerpts #4 and #5.

Excerpt #1. “Spartacus” by Brian Balmages.
Tempo: ♩ = 92


Excerpt #2. “Habanera” from Carmen by Georges Bizet (arr. Todd Parrish)
Tempo: ♩ = 64

Excerpt #3. “Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst (arr. Deborah Baker Monday)
Tempo: ♩ = 64


Excerpt #4. A Hectic Overture by John Lloyd.
Tempo: ♩ = 140
Note: In m. 81–90, play the top line of notes.


Excerpt #5: Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture. (View Recording)
Tempo: ♩ = 144. Play double/triple stops if you can.


3. Scales

For Bravura Strings, record scale #1.

For Chamber Strings, record scales #2 and #3.

For Philharmonic Orchestra, record scales #3 and #4.

For Concert Orchestra, record scales #4 and #5.

Scale #1. G Major, 1 Octave. Suggested tempo is ♩ = 60.


Scale #2. G Major, 2 Octaves. Suggested tempo is ♩ = 80.


Scale #3. D Melodic Minor, 2 Octaves. Suggested tempo is ♩ = 80.


Scale #4. B-flat Major, 2 Octaves. Tempo is ♩ = 120.


Scale #5. C Melodic Minor, 3 Octaves. Tempo is ♩ = 160.