The majority of students in the Junior Symphony are in middle school, but students with exceptional ability and maturity may be admitted as young as the fourth grade. The following audition requirements will tell you if your child is ready for the Junior Symphony:
First violins: Must be able to shift to 3rd and 5th position.
Solo piece: prepare and perform a piece on the level of Suzuki Book 4 or Book 5.
Scales: G, D, A, E, C, F, Bb, Eb, and Ab major in 2 octaves; G, D, and A melodic minor in 2 octaves.
Second violins: are generally in Suzuki Books 2 or 3 and over age 11.
Solo piece: prepare and perform a piece on the level of Suzuki Book 2 or 3.
Scales: G, A, Bb, and C major in 2 octaves; D, Db, E, and F major in one octave.
All other strings (violas, cellos, basses): must be in Suzuki Book 2 or 3 (or the equivalent) and over the age of 11.
Solo: prepare and perform a piece on the level of Suzuki Book 2 or 3.
Scales: Violas: C, D, E, F, and Eb major scales in 2 octaves; G, A, and Bb major scales in 1 octave. Cellos: C, G, D, A, and F major scales in 2 octaves. Basses: C, G, D, A, and F major scales in 1 octave.
Woodwinds, brass, and percussion: must have completed a minimum of 3 full school years of study.
Solo: prepare a single-movement piece from an intermediate-level, teacher-recommended collection. NJSMA intermediate regional solo pieces are a good resource.
Scales: C, G, D, A, F, Bb, and Eb major scales in 2 octaves for woodwinds, 1 octave for brass.
Percussion: knowledge of snare rudiments, bass drum and cymbal, and mallet scales (see woodwind and brass scales above).