String Audition Information

Current Middle School or IVA students ONLINE ONLY

Do I have to audition now for the Symphonic or Philharmonic Orchestra? 

Philharmonic? YES! Symphonic? No, but you can if you would like.  Concert and Symphonic Orchestra meet the same period in different rooms with different teachers. To recognize those students for their hard work over the summer, the first week of school we will listen to all string players and place them in the correct orchestra. This will not change their schedule, just the room in which they meet. 

Who should audition? 

Students interested in Philharmonic Orchestra (the top of three orchestras), or those incoming 9th graders that take their instrument seriously and/or study privately. 

What will be required? 

Orchestral excerpts have been emailed to all middle school teachers and  are posted below. The following will be required to submit.  

Required Scales for Audition

All Instruments- The following 3 sections from Pirates 

Measures 118- first note of meas. 142 172-180 205-end 

Cello- Please include Meas. 5-9 also Sight-reading is not required this year. 

Can I play my own piece? 

You may play up to one minute of your own choice (not required). 


Record yourself and listen back to evaluate your performance and search for ways to improve prior to recording your audition.


When and where will my audition take place? 

Auditions will take place online. Submissions will be accepted until May 23rd 9:59 PM. Current Irvine High Orchestra members will audition during class.

Audition Link Submission. 

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