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.)

​3. Sight reading

Requirements for Encore Strings:

1. One octave scales - C, G, D, A, F, B-flat; and the g melodic minor scale. (See links below.)
2.  A prepared piece at MMEA grade level 2 or above. For example- Suzuki Volume Two, a grade 2         piece from the MMEA manual for Solo & Ensemble, or the excerpt linked below.
3.  Sight reading.

4. Students wishing to be placed in the 1st violin section should be prepared to

    demonstrate 3rd position. This can be a prepared etude, solo, or the provided excerpt.

Requirements for Encore Band:

1. Two scales of your choice.
2. 6th grade: Sawmill Creek, p. 20 in Standard of Excellence book 1.
    7th and 8th grade:  p. 22 or 38 of Standard of Excellence book 2
If you don't have the music please email Takako Mato. (See contact page.)

3. Sight reading.

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, a solo piece at MMEA grade 4 piece, or the excerpt linked below). All solos need to demonstrate shifting.
3. Sight reading.

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.

List provided at:

3. Sight reading.

Requirements for CCYO Percussion:

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

Students should be prepared to audition on timpani and either snare drum or mallets.

A solo of MMEA Grade 4 or higher and sight-reading will be required on both instruments.

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)

Auditions for the 2019 fall season

will take place in September.


Check back for more details at a later date.     


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