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1. Apply! 

Fill out the online

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2. Submit $25 application fee.

  • Online: Choose your online payment method once you complete the application form.
  • “No Questions Asked”: Audition Fee Waiver available – see application form!

3. Audition!

Once your application form is processed, you will get a confirmation email with instructions on next steps.

Audition Dates
  • Friday, April 26, from 5:30 – 8:30 PM at Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music – Advanced Strings Only
  • Wednesday, May 1, from 4:30 – 8:30 PM at Taylor Allderdice High School – All Strings
  • Thursday, May 2, from 4:30 – 8:30 PM at Taylor Allderdice High School – Winds, Brass, Percussion
  • Friday, May 3 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM at Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music – All Strings
  • Wednesday, May 8, from 4:30 – 8:30 PM at Franklin Regional High School – All Strings
  • Thursday, May 9, from 4:30 – 8:30 PM at Franklin Regional High School – Winds, Brass, Percussion
  • Friday, May 10, from 4:30 – 8:30 PM at Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music – Winds, Brass, Percussion
  • Saturday, May 11, from 2:00 – 6:00 PM at Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music – Strings, Harp, and Piano
  • Saturday, May 18, from 2:00-6:00 PM at Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music – Intermediate/Preparatory Strings Only

LARGE ENSEMBLE: Audition Requirements

STRINGS

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically Ages 14-19

Please prepare:

  • G or D Major Scale (three octaves)
    • 4 notes to a bow
    • 8 notes to a bow (faster)
    • Spiccato
  • Two minutes from Solo piece such as Mozart Concerto in G Major, Bach Concerto in a minor, Nardini Concerto in e minor, Haydn Concerto in G Major or any piece of equal or greater difficulty
  • Excerpt #1: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Mvt. 4, Violin I, three pickups to measure 7 to downbeat of measure 47
  • Excerpt #2: Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Mvt. 1, Violin I, Rehearsal [E]- Rehearsal [F]
  • For excerpts, click here: YPO Violin
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: Symphonette (SYM)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Prepare the following scales in at least 2 octaves (3 octaves if you can do it!): C Major, G major, D major, F major, or B-flat major. NOTE: Scales should be all eighth notes, with a simple detaché bow stroke. Quarter note = 80 BPM. Don’t repeat the top note.
  • Two minutes of an etude showing familiarity with shifting and various bowing techniques.
  • Two minutes of a solo of your choice.
  • Be prepared to do some simple sight reading.
PREPARATORY LEVEL: Tutti Strings (2T)

Typically ages 8-12

Please prepare:

  • D, G, and C Major scales, 1 octave
  • Short solo, equivalent to Suzuki book 1, or something you are playing in school orchestra
  • Be prepared to do some simple sight reading.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically ages 14-19

Please prepare:

  • G or D Major Scale (three octaves)
    • 4 notes to a bow
    • 8 notes to a bow (faster)
    • Spiccato
  • Two minutes of a solo piece of your choice (comparable to Telemann Concerto or more advanced)
  • Excerpt #1: Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, pick-up to 8 measures before rehearsal [2] to downbeat of rehearsal [3]
  • Excerpt #2: Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1st mvt., beginning to bar 27
  • Excerpt #3: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, 2nd mvt.
    • From beginning to measure 10
    • From measure 23 to measure 59
    • 2 short excerpts as marked – see link below]
  • For excerpts, click here: YPO Viola
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: Symphonette (SYM)

Typically age 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Prepare the following scales in at least 2 octaves (3 octaves if you can do it!): C Major, G major, D major, F major, or B-flat major. NOTE: Scales should be all eighth notes, with a simple detaché bow stroke. Quarter note = 80 BPM. Don’t repeat the top note.
  • Two minutes of an etude showing familiarity with shifting and various bowing techniques.
  • Two minutes of a solo of your choice
  • Be prepared to do some simple sight reading.

Interested in switching to viola? We may be able to assist with an instrument and instruction! Please contact us for more information!

PREPARATORY LEVEL: Tutti Strings (2T)

Typically ages 8-12

Please prepare:

  • D, G, and C Major scales, 1 octave
  • Short solo, equivalent to Suzuki book 1, or something you are playing in school orchestra
  • Be prepared to do some simple sight reading.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically Ages 14-19

Please prepare:

  • G or D Major Scale (three octaves)
    • 4 notes to a bow
    • 8 notes to a bow (faster)
    • Spiccato
  • Two minutes from a solo piece of your choice that includes tenor clef.
  • Excerpt #1: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, theme and first two variations from Andante con moto [as marked, see link below]
  • Excerpt #2: Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rehearsal [C] to Rehearsal [D]
  • Excerpt #3: Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Adagio non troppo, up to Rehearsal [A]
  • For excerpts, click here: YPO Cello
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: Symphonette (SYM)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Prepare the following scales in at least 2 octaves (3 octaves if you can do it!): C Major, G major, D major, F major, or B-flat major. NOTE: Scales should be all eighth notes, with a simple detaché bow stroke. Quarter note = 80 BPM. Don’t repeat the top note.
  • Two minutes of an etude showing familiarity with shifting and various bowing techniques.
  • Two minutes of a solo of your choice
  • Be prepared to do some simple sight reading.
PREPARATORY LEVEL: Tutti Strings (2T)

Typically ages 8-12

Please prepare:

  • D, G, and C Major scales, 1 octave
  • Short solo, equivalent to Suzuki book 1, or something you are playing in school orchestra
  • Be prepared to do some simple sight reading.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically Ages 14-19

Please prepare:

  • G or D Major Scale 2 octaves
    • 2 notes to a bow
    • 4 notes to a bow (faster)
    • Spicatto
  • Two minutes from an etude or solo piece of your choice

Please select two of the following four excerpts that best shows your abilities:

  • Excerpt #1: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, 3rd Mvt. trio (measure 141 with pick-up) to 19 measures before Rehearsal [B]
  • Excerpt #2: Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, 4th Mvt., opening to Rehearsal [B]
  • Excerpt #3: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, 1st Mvt., 4th measure of Rehearsal [B] to Rehearsal [C]
  • Excerpt #4: Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Rehearsal [J] to downbeat of Rehearsal [M]
  • For excerpts, click here: YPO Bass
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: Symphonette (SYM)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Prepare two of the following scales in 1 octave: C Major, G major, D major, F major, or B-flat major. NOTE: Scales should be all eighth notes, with a simple detaché bow stroke. Quarter note = 80 BPM. Don’t repeat the top note.
  • Two minutes of an etude showing familiarity with shifting and various bowing techniques.
  • Two minutes of a solo of your choice.
  • Be prepared to do some simple sight reading.

Interested in switching to bass? We may be able to assist with an instrument and instruction! Please contact us for more information!

PREPARATORY LEVEL: Tutti Strings (2T)

Typically ages 8-12

Please prepare:

  • D, G, and C Major scales, 1 octave
  • Short solo, equivalent to Suzuki book 1, or something you are playing in school orchestra
  • Be prepared to do some simple sight reading.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically ages 14-19

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: Symphonette (SYM)

Typically ages 12-18

PREPARATORY LEVEL: Tutti Strings (2T)

Typically ages 8-12

All levels please prepare:

  • Two-four minutes from a prepared solo from standard repertoire, appropriate for your proficiency level
  • Two-four minutes from an etude of your choice
  • Simple sight reading
  • ADVANCED EXCERPTS (Required for YPO consideration)
    • Excerpt #1: Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, 3rd Mvt., Waltz of the Flowers, beginning through measure 33
    • Excerpt #2: Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, Rehearsal [G] to Rehearsal [H]
    • Excerpt #3: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol cadenza [as marked, see link below]
    • For excerpts, click here: YPO Harp

Students may indicate their preference for either Tutti Strings, Symphonette, and/or YPO (dual membership is possible), but ensemble directors will place students in the ensemble they determine to be the best fit.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

WINDS | BRASS | PERCUSSION

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically Ages 14-19

LATE-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL: Wind Symphony (WS)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and flats in 2 octaves. Adjudicators will ask for 1 scale at time of audition.
  • Two contrasting solo works or sections of the same work that show contrast (solos can be drawn from your existing PMEA audition material if you are already preparing for a PMEA audition).
  • Please indicate on audition form which instruments you will be bringing to your audition (Flute only, Flute + Piccolo). If bringing piccolo, prepare any excerpt from an etude or school band/orchestra repertoire.
  • ADVANCED EXCERPTS – Students wishing to be considered for YPO specifically must ALSO prepare both orchestral flute excerpts from the list below. Piccolo is strongly encouraged. Applicants should prepare at least one of the piccolo excerpts of their choice in addition to the two flute excerpts.
      • Excerpt #1: Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, Mvt. 4 – Flute 1, solo after [D]
      • Excerpt #2: Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo – Flute 1, measure before Rehearsal [P] to the end
      • Piccolo Excerpt #1: Sousa’s Stars and Stripes, Trio
      • Piccolo Excerpt #2: Berlioz Minuet of the Will o’ the Wisps, Damnation of Faust
      • For excerpts, click here: YPO Flute/Piccolo

Students may indicate their preference for either Wind Symphony and/or YPO (dual membership is welcome and encouraged!), but ensemble directors will place students in the ensemble they determine to be the best fit.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically ages 14-19

LATE-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL: Wind Symphony (WS)

Typically age 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and flats in 2 octaves. Adjudicators will ask for 1 scale at time of audition.
  • Two contrasting solo works or sections of the same work that show contrast (solos can be drawn from your existing PMEA audition material if you are already preparing for a PMEA audition).
  • Please indicate on audition form which instruments you will be bringing to your audition (Oboe only, Oboe + English Horn).
  • ADVANCED EXCERPTS – Students wishing to be considered for YPO specifically must ALSO prepare two (2) oboe orchestral excerpts from the list below. English Horn is encouraged for additional opportunities in YPO (TRYPO owns one English Horn).  Applicants should prepare at least one of the two English Horn excerpts of their choice in addition to the two oboe excerpts.
    • Excerpt #1: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Mvt. 2 – Oboe 1, beginning solo to Rehearsal [A]
    • Excerpt #2: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Mvt. 2 – Oboe 1, Rehearsal [A] to Rehearsal [B]
    • Optional English Horn Excerpt #1: Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, Largo – English Horn solo
    • Optional English Horn Excerpt #2 Rossini, William Tell Overture – English Horn solo
    • For excerpts, click here: YPO Oboe/EnglishHorn

Students may indicate their preference for either Wind Symphony and/or YPO (dual membership is welcome and encouraged!), but ensemble directors will place students in the ensemble they determine to be the best fit.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically Ages 14-19

LATE-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL: Wind Symphony (WS)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and flats in 2 octaves. Adjudicators will ask for 1 scale at time of audition.
  • Two contrasting solo works or sections of the same work that show contrast (solos can be drawn from your existing PMEA audition material if you are already preparing for a PMEA audition).
  • ADVANCED EXCERPTS – Students wishing to be considered for YPO specifically must also prepare two (2) orchestral excerpts from the list below. If you do not own or have access to an A Clarinet at the time of your audition, you may play excerpts on B flat as needed. (TRYPO owns one A Clarinet.)
    • Excerpt #1: Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo – Clarinet 1 in B-Flat, Beginning to Rehearsal [B]
    • Excerpt #2: Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, Mvt. 3 – Clarinet 1 in A, Measure 6 to the end of 2 measures before Rehearsal [47]
    • For excerpts, click here: YPO Clarinet

Students may indicate their preference for either Wind Symphony and/or YPO (dual membership is welcome and encouraged!), but ensemble directors will place students in the ensemble they determine to be the best fit.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically Ages 14-19

LATE-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL: Wind Symphony (WS)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and flats in 2 octaves. Adjudicators will ask for 1 scale at time of audition.
  • Two contrasting solo works or sections of the same work that show contrast (solos can be drawn from your existing PMEA audition material if you are already preparing for a PMEA audition).
  • Students wishing to be considered for YPO specifically must also prepare two (2) orchestral excerpts from the list below.
  • ADVANCED EXCERPTS (Required for YPO consideration – pick two)
    • Excerpt #1: Mozart’s Overture to Marriage of Figaro – Bassoon 1, 5th measure of Rehearsal [C] (measure 139) to Rehearsal [D] (measure 171)
    • Excerpt #2: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Mvt. 2 – Bassoon 1, last 31 measures
    • Excerpt #3: Bizet Carmen Suite Dragons of Alcala
    • For excerpts, click here: YPO Bassoon

Students may indicate their preference for either Wind Symphony and/or YPO (dual membership is welcome and encouraged!), but ensemble directors will place students in the ensemble they determine to be the best fit.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically ages 14-19

LATE-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL: Wind Symphony (WS)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and flats in 2 octaves. Adjudicators will ask for 1 scale at time of audition.
  • Two contrasting solo works or sections of the same work that show contrast (solos can be drawn from your existing PMEA audition material if you are already preparing for a PMEA audition).
  • Students wishing to be considered for YPO specifically must also prepare two (2) orchestral excerpts from the list below.
  • ADVANCED EXCERPTS (Required for YPO consideration – pick two)
    • Excerpt #1: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Mvt. 3 – Horn 1 in F, [Standard solo as marked, see link to music below]
    • Excerpt #2: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Op. 35, Mvt. 4 – Horn I in F, Solo after Rehearsal [N] to downbeat of Rehearsal [O]
    • Excerpt #3: Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, Mvt. 2 – Horn 1 in E, measures 90-105
    • For excerpts, click here: YPO French Horn

Please note: Excerpt must sound in the correct pitch when played. Transposition may be required.

Students may indicate their preference for either Wind Symphony and/or YPO (dual membership is welcome and encouraged!), but ensemble directors will place students in the ensemble they determine to be the best fit.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically ages 14-19

LATE-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL: Wind Symphony (WS)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and flats in 2 octaves. Adjudicators will ask for 1 scale at time of audition.
  • Two contrasting solo works or sections of the same work that show contrast (solos can be drawn from your existing PMEA audition material if you are already preparing for a PMEA audition).
  • ADVANCED EXCERPTS – Students wishing to be considered for YPO specifically must also prepare two (2) orchestral excerpts from the list below.
      • Excerpt #1: Beethoven’s Overture Leonore No. 3, trumpet solo
      • Excerpt #2: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade

Please note: Excerpt must sound in the correct pitch when played. Transposition may be required. Please indicate on audition form which instruments you will be bringing to your audition (Bb only, Bb and C).

Students may indicate their preference for either Wind Symphony and/or YPO (dual membership is welcome and encouraged!), but ensemble directors will place students in the ensemble they determine to be the best fit.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically ages 14-19

LATE-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL: Wind Symphony (WS)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and flats in 2 octaves. Adjudicators will ask for 1 scale at time of audition.
  • Two contrasting solo works or sections of the same work that show contrast (solos can be drawn from your existing PMEA audition material if you are already preparing for a PMEA audition).
  • Students wishing to be considered for YPO specifically must also prepare two (2) orchestral excerpts from the list below.
  • ADVANCED EXCERPTS (Required for YPO consideration)
    • Tenor Excerpt #1: Berlioz’s Hungarian March as marked
    • Tenor Excerpt #2: Mozart’s Requiem, Tuba Mirum Solo as marked
    • Bass Excerpt #1: Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra Overture as marked
    • Bass Excerpt #2: Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Mvt. 4, Opening and first solo as marked
    • For excerpts, click here: YPO Trombone/Bass Trombone

Please note: Please indicate on audition form which instruments you will be bringing to your audition (Tenor or Bass).

Students may indicate their preference for either Wind Symphony and/or YPO (dual membership is welcome and encouraged!), but ensemble directors will place students in the ensemble they determine to be the best fit.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically ages 14-19

LATE-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED LEVEL: Wind Symphony (WS)

Typically ages 12-18

Please prepare:

  • Major scales up to 4 sharps and flats in 2 octaves. Adjudicators will ask for 1 scale at time of audition.
  • Two contrasting solo works or sections of the same work that show contrast (solos can be drawn from your existing PMEA audition material if you are already preparing for a PMEA audition).
  • Students wishing to be considered for YPO specifically must also prepare two (2) orchestral excerpts from the list below.
  • ADVANCED EXCERPTS (Required for YPO consideration)
    • Die Meistersinger Prelude
    • Wagner, Ride of Valkyries
    • For excerpts, click here: YPO Tuba

Students may indicate their preference for either Wind Symphony and/or YPO (dual membership is welcome and encouraged!), but ensemble directors will place students in the ensemble they determine to be the best fit.

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Young Peoples Orchestra (YPO)

Typically ages 14-19

ADVANCED/LATE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: Wind Symphony (WS), Percussion Ensemble (PE)

Typically ages 12-18

Advanced and Late Intermediate Levels, please prepare:

  • An etude of your choice on snare, timpani or mallets
  • Rudiments and sight reading
EARLY INTERMEDIATE: Percussion Essentials

Typically 11-14 with at least one year experience (no audition required)

Note: Bring your own sticks

Don’t know which level to audition for? Talk with your private teacher first. If you do not have a private teacher or still need help, reach out to us at auditions@trypo.org.

PLACEMENT PROGRAMS

1. Register! 

Fill out the online Registration Form.

See below.

2. Submit supporting materials!

Some programs may require a placement video, a letter of recommendation, or completion of an earlier class.

See below.

3. Accept!

A TRYPO staff member will contact you to schedule your audition!

Typically ages 7-19.

LEARN HOW TO REGISTER HERE

Once your registration form is received, you will get a confirmation email with details on submitting your placement video.

YC2 students of all ages and levels on all instruments!

Placement Video Requirements: All musicians (even members of our partner orchestras, and members in pre-formed groups), need to send a 1-3 minute video showing you playing one (1) scale of your/your teacher’s choice (as many octaves as you can) as well as one (1) solo which best demonstrates your playing level.

Solo and scale should be done in one take.

Learn more about Youth Chamber Connection!

Registration Form Here

Ages 7-19 of all experience levels.

You have entered the TRYPOsphere – a cosmic series of classes (with in-person and online options) designed to strengthen musical and media arts skills while you’re having a blast with other like-minded musicians.

Class Options offered for student to expand their music experience beyond playing with a group:

  • Introduction to Music Theory
  • Music Theory I
  • Introduction to Conducting
  • Apprentice Conducting Program (ACP)
  • YOUmusic: Creative Musicianship

Visit the TRYPOsphere page to learn which classes are offered in the Fall/Spring.

Non-TRYPO members are welcome to enroll. Encourage a friend to take a class with you and work on a joint project together!

Tuition Assistance

If you would like more information on receiving tuition assistance or applying to the TRYPO Scholarship Fund, contact us at 412-391-0526 or email us at staff@trypo.org.

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Student Handbook

Click Here to check out the 2023-24 Student Handbook!