Preparatory Division Orchestras Concert Entertains
Thank you to all performers and parents who participated in the May 2 concert of the Youth String Camerata! You can still order recordings of the concert.
The Youth String Camerata, led by conductor Marcia Ferritto, provides an opportunity for advanced students to experience the excitement and challenge of rehearsing and performing music in the intimate setting of a chamber ensemble. The group is limited in size for this purpose.
The students are introduced to the study and performance of works of varying styles. Each piece of music draws on the entire spectrum of skill of the individual player and of the group as a whole.
You can download this year's orchestra calendars below:
Audition requirements are as follows:
- Scales/Arpeggios: Violins, violas and cellos should be prepared to play a 3-octave major and parallel melodic minor scale of their choice from keys up to 3 sharps or 3 flats. (Requirement for bass is a 2-octave scale). Scales are to be prepared in whole bow slurs, 4 notes to a bow, 6 notes to a bow and 8 notes to a bow. Demonstration of martele, spiccato and sautille strokes will be asked. The student may be asked to play a 2-octave arpeggio (major/minor diminished and dominant 7).
- Solo Piece:A movement of a concerto or a single solo piece that shows a range of technical and musical skills.
- Prepared Excerpt: The following excerpts are provided for each student:
- Sight Reading: A brief selection of sight-reading will be given to each student during the audition.