Contact Information

 

McHenry County Music Center

800 McHenry Avenue

Suite G

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

 

 

Tel:        (815) 356-6296

E-Mail:  mcyo@encoremusicacademy.org

 

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MCYO Entrance Audition Requirements

Auditions are scheduled by appointment.

Auditions are approximately 5 - 8 minutes long. You may be asked to sight read.

These auditions are for new members wishing to join the orchestras for the first time, current members who are looking to move between orchestras, or any previous members who are looking to re-join the orchestras.

If you are interested in auditioning for one of our orchestras, please contact Maggie Tucker at mtucker@encoremusicacademy.org

Prelude Orchestra Audition Information

Members are primarily in grades 3 – 6. Prelude Orchestra is for young string players, who have had a basic introduction to music reading.

 

Prelude requirements are:
  • One solo piece from Suzuki Book 2 or above (equivalent non-Suzuki repertoire also acceptable)

  • One octave G Major and D Major scales

  • Potential sight reading

 

 

Intermezzo Orchestra Audition Information 

The Intermezzo Orchestra is primarily made up of young musicians in middle school and high school. Emphasis in Intermezzo Orchestra is on building orchestral playing skills and reading ability.

Strings, Woodwinds and Brass
  • Solo Repertoire

    • Please prepare a solo piece that demonstrates your current ability.

  • Scales

    • Strings: 

    • Woodwinds and Brass:

  • Potential sight reading

Percussionists
  • Demonstrate the basic rudiments on the snare drum and ability to maintain a steady beat / pulse

  • Snare drum solo or etude at appropriate level for this orchestra

  • Mallet solo or etude (on timpani, xylophone or marimba) at appropriate level for this orchestra

  • Must know all major/minor scales, two octaves (xylo, marimba or vibes - we have these instruments on site)

  • You will be asked to tune the timpani

 

 

Symphony Orchestra Audition Information 

A majority of Symphony Orchestra members are in high school, or are selected from advanced, mature middle school students. The Symphony Orchestra performs standard orchestral literature, generally not educational arrangements.

 

Strings, Woodwinds and Brass
  • Solo Repertoire

    •  Prepare two contrasting selections.  One should be more technical to demonstrate technical facility and the other should be slower and more lyrical to demonstrate musicality. Selections may include solo literature, etudes, or orchestral excerpts.

  • Scales

    • Strings

    • Woodwinds and Brass

  • Potential sight reading

 

Percussionists
  • Demonstrate the basic rudiments on the snare drum, tuning timpani and have begun mallet work, including playing music written in treble clef.

  • Snare drum solo or etude at appropriate level for this orchestra

  • Mallet solo or etude (on timpani, xylophone or marimba) at appropriate level for this orchestra

  • Must know all major/minor scales, two octaves (xylo, marimba or vibes - we have these instruments on site)

  • You will be asked to tune the timpani