PRYSM and PRYSM Young Artists Auditions

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2016-2017 Audition Dates

September 9, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Faculty Adjudicators

Gloria dePasquale, Director and Conductor
Jessica Villante, Conductor, PRYSM Young Artists Orchestra

Location

Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Map/Directions

Schedule and Audition

Step 1: Please complete the online registration form. Contact the office only if you are unable to register online due to technical reasons at info@pyos.org or 215.545.0502.

Step 2: Everyone who auditions is required to print a PRYSM Audition Form, complete it, and bring it to the audition. Click here to download the form (PDF File).

Auditions are by appointment only. If you have any questions, please contact the PYO office at info@pyos.org or 215-545-0502.

PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM Young Artists Requirements

  • Auditions are open to students ranging in age from 6 through 14 years.
  • Students are selected and placed by the Directors in either PRYSM or PRYSM Young Artists based on musical, maturity and experience.
  • PRYSM students must have finished Suzuki Book 4, PRYSM Young Artists students, Suzuki Book 2, or equivalent.
  • Placement in either orchestra is based on the strength of the entire audition and at the sole discretion of the Directors.
  • All students must be enrolled in private lessons.

Audition Requirements for PRYSM YOUNG ARTISTS

  • PRYSM Young Artists students should play one major scale and one minor scale of their choice, in two octaves, with quarter note equal to 60 on the metronome. The scale should be played single bows in quarter notes and eighth notes.
  • Students are to bring one solo piece of their choosing.
  • Students are to prepare the following excerpt for their respective instrument:

Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass

Audition Requirements for PRYSM

  • PRYSM students should play one major scale and one minor scale of their choice, in three octaves, with quarter notes equal to 60 on the metronome. The scale should be played single bows in quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes. Vibrato should be used in the slower divisions (quarter and eighth notes).
  • Students are to bring one solo piece of their choosing.
  • All students considered for PRYSM must be proficient with vibrato.
  • All Cellists must select scales which demonstrate the use of thumb position.
  • Students are to prepare the following excerpt for their respective instrument:

Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass

Audition Requirements for Students to Advance from PRYSM Young Artists to PRYSM

  • PRYSM YA students should play one major scale and one minor scale of their choice, in three octaves, with quarter notes equal to 60 on the metronome. The scale should be played single bows in quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes. Vibrato should be used in the slower divisions (quarter and eighth notes).
  • All students considered for PRYSM must be proficient with vibrato.
  • All Cellists must select scales which demonstrate the use of thumb position.
  • Students are to prepare the following excerpt for their respective instrument:

Violin
Viola

Cello
Bass

The applicant and/or parent/guardian agree that all decisions concerning placement and participation in the PRYSM program are at the sole discretion of the artistic staff, and that their decisions are final.

Annual tuition for the 2016-2017 season is $1,575.00. A non-refundable $485.00 deposit is due at the time an accepted student registers for the PRYSM program. Tuition balance is due by the first rehearsal of the concert season.

Financial Aid is available for those accepted students who demonstrate financial need. Applications are available upon request. Please contact the PYO office at info@pyos.org or 215.545.0502 for more information.

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