Required Skills for Participation

Preparatory Orchestra

  • All instruments: Ability to produce a full clear tone; vibrato
  • Violin, Viola: Proficiency in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions
  • Cello: Proficiency in 1st, 3rd and 4th positions
  • Bass: Proficiency in half, 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions

String Orchestra

  • All instruments: Ability to tune own instrument
  • All instruments: Ability to produce full clear tone, vibrato
  • Violin, Viola: Proficiency in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions; knowledge of 4th and 5th positions
  • Cello: Knowledge of 1st, 3rd and 4th positions; knowledge of 5th and 6th positions
  • Bass: Half, 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions; knowledge of 5th

Sinfonia

  • All Instruments: Fluent reading of 16th-note rhythms in cut time, 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8, 3/8 meters
  • Violin, Viola: Fluency through 3rd position, proficiency in 4th and 5th position
  • Cello: Fluency through 4th position, proficiency in 5th and thumb position; rudimentary knowledge of tenor clef
  • Bass: Proficiency through 5th position
  • All Woodwind and Brass: Well-developed embouchure and breath support, an ear for basic intonation, clear articulation
  • Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet: Demonstration of continuous vibrato
  • Flute and all Brass: rudimentary double tonguing

Philharmonia

  • All strings: Mature string tone and vibrato skills
  • Violin, Viola: Fluency through 5th position
  • Cello: Treble and tenor clef; thumb position
  • Bass: Vibrato
  • All Woodwind and Brass: Well-developed embouchure and breath support, solid intonation, and developed musicality
  • Flute, Oboe, Bassoon Trumpet: Demonstration of continuous vibrato
  • Flute and all Brass: Demonstration of double and triple tonguing
  • Trumpet, Horn: Working knowledge of transpositions (trumpet in C, F and horn in Eb, D, C)

Symphony

  • All strings: Mature string tone and vibrato skills
  • Violin, Viola: Fluency in all positions
  • Cello: Fluency in advance tenor and treble clef passages
  • Bass: Fluency in tenor clef and thumb position
  • All Woodwinds and Brass: Full, clear tone with solid intonation and musical maturity
  • Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Tuba: Continuous and musically appropriate vibrato
  • Flute and all Brass: Proficient double and triple tonguing
  • Bassoon, Trombone: Proficiency in tenor clef
  • Trumpet, Horn: Proficiency in transposition (trumpet in C, D, E, F and horn in C, D, Bb, Eb)