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Symphony Auditions for String Majors

This page is for String Majors. Band Majors trying out for Symphony Orchestra should click here: Symphony Auditions for Winds and Percussion

Things String Majors need to know first
High School string majors are encouraged to begin their advancing string studies in Strings 1 Honors and Chamber Orchestra; students who perform at a level below the class average may be required to repeat this course as many times as needed to prepare for Symphony. Rising 9th grade students who demonstrate exceptional gift (by performing in 8th Grade All-State Orchestra, for example) may audition for Strings 2H/Symphony Orchestra. 

Readiness--The success of the orchestras depends on making sure students have the skills they need to be successful. Students are placed into more challenging classes after they demonstrate their readiness through classroom performance and also their performance on the symphony audition. Students who do not demonstrate mastery of the necessary skills will not be placed into Symphony, even if there are spaces open. Symphony students who have demonstrated consistent satisfactory academic maturity (ability to keep track of their instrument, music, concert dates, and maintain good grades in both major classes) and who earn the highest audition scores will be recommended for String 3 Honors, also known as the SOA Sinfonietta.  Student readiness is given more weight than instrumentation needs when determining student placement.

Instrumentation—The success of the orchestras also depends in part upon balanced numbers of violins, violas, cellos and basses. Students and parents must be aware that the director looks at instrumentation needs when making decisions about where to place students. The optimal number of string students in each string class is 16 violins, 7 violas, 6 cellos and 4 basses. The symphony's string section is a combination of two classes, making a symphony with 32 Violins (16 violins in each section), 14 Violas, 12 Cellos, and 8 Basses. Since actual student enrollment rarely aligns with the numbers outlined above, Dr. Selby will determine student placement and spread students between the three classes based upon their ability, grade, and instrument balance across all the three classes. 

Symphony Audition Requirements 
The audition for the SOA HS Symphony is a Video Audition of Orchestral Excerpts.Videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Sunday March 25, 2018. The entire student must be visible in the video.
  1. Register for the Audition in Google Classroom by signing in to Google classroom and enter this code: dxe9hsw . If you have trouble registering, skip down to step 3
  2. Record the performance with a smart phone or video camera, and upload the video to Google Classroom
  3. If you have trouble with Google Classroom you may upload your video to youtube. Set the youtube privacy settings to UNLISTED (not private). Copy the youtube link, and email the link to Dr. Selby (christopher_selby@charleston.k12.sc.us). Actual video files are too big to email, so email the link instead. If youtube is not an option for you, submit a thumb drive with the video file to Dr. Selby. 

The required excerpts can be found by clicking on the appropriate link belowStudents will be evaluated on technique, intonation, rhythm, tone and articulationsStudents are to aim for the given performance tempos; however they are encouraged to play the excerpts only as fast as they can perform the music well.  

                 VIOLIN            VIOLA            CELLO            DOUBLE BASS


School of the Arts Artistic Reaudition Policy
Students who do not maintain an 80% average in their major classes are required to re-audition for SOA. Symphony students who do not pass the re-audition will drop down a level to the Chamber Orchestra/Strings 1 or will return to their home school.

Violin 1
1. Benjamin Kremer*
2. Lauren Stewart
3. Andre Lim
4. Emma Joyce
5. Beryl Ayiku
6. Harper Cash
7. Emma Weeks


Violin 2
1. Manuel Mendes*
2. Connor Denny-Lybbert
3. Aidan Billings
4. Maggie Smith
5. Ameline Stewart
6. Anya Newby
7. Katie Canfield
8. Peyton Smalls

Viola
1. Jenna Zardus
2. Lillian Sterba
3. Lillian Kozlowski
4. Jeffrey McArthur
5. Roderick Frazier
6. Alexandra Larkin

Cello
1. Katie Jo Gelasco
2. Seungkyo Jung
3. Ross Ugur
4. Daniella Mallari


Bass
1. Madison Adams*
2. Jake Hoch*


 Violin 1
1. Elaina Gable
2. Gracen Herrin
3. Rylie Tart
4. Adelaide Brady
5. Lilly Thames
6. Isabella Andrews
7. Danny Maniscalco


Violin 2
1. Bella Cawley
2. Presley Mettler
3. Malaika Affonso
4. Stella Wood
5. Lily Tipton
6. Tristan Wells
7. Camille Lin


Viola
1. Anna Jane Morrall
2. Margaret Carter
3. Asa Caldwell-Murphy
4. Kaitlyn Kogler



Cello
1. Sophie Stalnaker
2. Gabe Stewart
3. Litzy Flores
4. Manuel Laguna
5. Peter Hertel

Bass
1. Lilli Sustaita
2. Jackson Hudson-Jacoby