Both the Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras of Youth Music Monterey County are intended to supplement and further challenge students already enrolled in their school music program. In order to meet the demands of playing in an orchestra, it is expected that students will be enrolled in private lessons and have a grasp of the foundational techniques of their instrument. The Honors Orchestra is designed for advanced students who are ready for a supplementary program of standard symphonic orchestral literature. Performance standards are high and personal practice time outside of rehearsals is expected.
This list is intended to help students and teachers understand the general level of ability needed for participation in each of YMMC’s orchestras. To be accepted into one of the orchestras, students must demonstrate mastery of the skills and techniques described below. Moreover, selection into a particular group or section depends on availability. The level for each group and section may vary somewhat based on the overall level of those auditioning.
Returning musicians who are auditioning for section leader are NOT required to fill out a new audition form. Please check the Musicians page for audition excerpts.
Auditions are required for:
all new students
students wishing to change orchestra, section, or instrument
students returning from a leave of absence
students wishing to join the Chamber players for the first time
If that's you, please read through your instrument's audition requirements below and browse through our Tuition and Financial Aid options. When you're ready, fill out our Audition form. Auditions are held the Wednesday after a concert set has ended, at the end of our season, or via appointment with the conductor. Do check the Musicians page calendar or the Audition form for exact dates and times. We'd love to play with you!
All auditions consist of:
A prepared piece of your choice—choose a piece that you feel best represents your playing.
Scales (details below)