Auditions for the 2019-20 Abilene Youth Orchestra will take place for:

Brass, Woodwind: Sunday, August 25, 2019, 1-5pm

Percussion: Sunday, August 25, 2019, 6-8pm

Strings: Sunday, September 8, 1-5pm; Monday, September 9, 5-9pm; Tuesday, September 10, 5-9pm

at Abilene Christian University, Williams Performing Arts Center, ACU Dr, Abilene, TX 79601


Woodwinds, Brass, and Strings: Please bring a prepared solo, either a portion of a standard concerto, sonata, solo and ensemble piece, etc. You may also play region etudes but bring in a portion of a technical etude and a lyrical etude.
Percussion: Please bring a short prepared solo or portion of region etude on a mallet instrument (either two mallet or four mallet, not both).


Please prepare the excerpts that are on the website. The excerpts come from from Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1 and Verdi’s Nabucco Overture. It is strongly encouraged that you listen to recordings.


Choose (YOUR choice) 2 major scales from the following keys – C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A (up to 3 sharps/3 flats)
Woodwinds and Brass: 1 or 2 octaves, all slurred or slur 2/tongue 2, at a tempo you can play accurately
Strings: 2 or 3 octaves, 1 or 2 notes per bow, full bow, at a tempo you can play accurately
Percussion: 2 or 3 octaves (marimba), at a tempo you can play accurately