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Music is the universal language. It allows us to communicate across cultural borders.

- Dr. Osman Kivrak, CCYO Director

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Fall Auditions For 2024-2025

Fall Auditions will be held in person on September 14, 2024, at Christ Church, La Plata, from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Sign up for a time here.

Returning members do not need to audition again unless moving to a different ensemble.

Registration and Payment are due September 30th. 

Additional payment information found on our Registration/Payment page.

Scroll down for audition requirements.

Audition Requirements

Requirements for Prelude Strings

  1. One octave D major scale. (Focus on good position and technique.)

  2. #86 Ode to Joy, or #92 Can Can from Essential Elements book 1 (Or equivalent piece.)

Requirements for Encore Strings

  1. One-octave scales - C, G, A, F, B-flat; and the g melodic minor scale. 

  2. A prepared piece at MMEA grade level 2 or above. For example- Suzuki Volume Two or a grade-2 piece from the MMEA manual for Solo & Ensemble.

  3. Students wishing to be placed in the 1st violin section should be prepared to demonstrate 3rd position. This can be a prepared etude or solo.

Requirements for Encore Band

  1. Two scales of your choice.

  2. 7th grade and above: Turkish March, page 22 in Standard of Excellence Book 2.

      6th grade: Sawmill Creek, page 20 in Standard of Excellence Book 1.

Requirements for CCYO Strings

  1. Two-octave major scales - C, G, D, A, F, B-flat, and E-flat; Violin/bass -- a melodic minor; viola/cello -- d melodic minor. Scales should be memorized and slurred 2 per bow. 

  2. Play a prepared piece at MMEA grade level 4 or above. (For example, Suzuki Volume 4 or a solo piece at MMEA grade 4 piece.) All solos need to demonstrate shifting.

Requirements for CCYO Woodwinds and Brass

  1. Each student will be asked to perform the chromatic scale, beginning on a note of the student’s choosing, and major scales selected from the following keys: C, G, D, A, E, f, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat. The scales must be performed from memory, evenly and smoothly in a 16th note pattern. All scales are to be played ascending and descending a minimum of one octave, except Flute and B-flat Clarinet who shall perform the scales a minimum of two octaves.

  2. A solo piece at MMEA Grade 4 or higher. Please refer to the MMEA Repertoire list at the bottom of the page. 

Requirements for CCYO Percussion
Percussion audition requirements are the same as for All-State auditions. The specific requirements can be found here.

  1. Students should be prepared to audition on timpani and either snare drum or mallets.
  2. A solo of MMEA Grade 4 or higher will be required on both instruments. 
Please refer to the MMEA Repertoire list at the bottom of the page. 

Students are responsible for bringing their own snare sticks, mallets, and a pitch source (tuning fork or pitch pipe) for tuning the timpani.

Timpani: Be able to tune all drums from a pitch source (tuning fork or pitch pipe). Demonstrate roll exercises from the All-State requirements (page 4).

Snare Drum: Rudiments from the All-State requirements (page 2)
Mallets: Two-octave scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats, plus a two-octave chromatic scale, in a 16th note pattern (page 3)

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