1.Westchester County School Music Organization:

2.http://wcsma.org/

3.Elementary All-County String Orchestra Audition (grades 4-5)

  • 1 two- octave scale and 2 one-octave scales
  • Etling: Haydn 'Melodies' from Solo Time for Strings Book III 
  • OR
  • Applebaum, Rigaudon from Progressive Solos for String Instruments

4.Junior All- County String Ochestra Auditions (grades 6-7)

  • 2 two-octave scales and 5 one-octave scales
  • Schubert/Etling: Ballet Music from Solo Time for Strings-Cello, Book III

5.Intermediate All-County Orchestra (grades 8-9)

  • Students are selected by the NYSSMA scores form the previous year.
  • Level 5 & 6 are considered the same level.
  1. New York State School Music Association (grades 3- 11)
  2. https://www.nyssma.org/
  3. NYSSMA: Listen/learn

NYSSMA evaluations/auditions take place in the spring.The audition includes a piece chosen with a teachers guidance, plus scales and sight-reading . There are 6 levels of progressive difficulty.
NYSSMA scores of 8th, 9th, and 10th graders determine participation in All County Orchestra.
NYSSMA scores of 10th and 11th graders (level 6) determine participation in All State Orchestra.
Elementary Students have a separate All County Elementary audition and also are welcome to play a NYSSMA audition.

NYSSMA: Listen/Learn

NYSSMA (https://www.nyssma.org) evaluations/auditions take place in the spring.The audition includes a piece chosen with a teachers guidance, plus scales and sight-reading . There are 6 levels of progressive difficulty.

NYSSMA scores of 8th, 9th, and 10th graders determine participation in All County Orchestra.

NYSSMA scores of 10th and 11th graders (level 6) determine participation in All State Orchestra.

Elementary Students have a separate All County Elementary audition and also are welcome to play a NYSSMA audition.

  1. Greater Westchester Youth Orchestra
  2. https://www.gwyoa.org/
  3. Auditions: pre-register on-line http://goo.gl/forms/EObtOf92bG
  4. Elementary Strings : Grades 4 through 6
  5. Junior Strings: Grades 7,8,and 9
  6. Youth Symphony: Grades 10- 12
  7. May 7th: for new players to join the GWYOA orchestras
  8. May 9th: for graduating members of Elementary and Junior Strings who wish to move up to next orchestra & for new Elementary Strings orchestra players

IMPORTANT DATES

Performance classes
May 16 4PM
May 23 4PM
May 30th 4PM

Cello Recitals
June 14th 2 PM

Elementary and Intermediate
All-County Auditions

Elementary and Intermediate
All-county Concert

NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble
Level 1-4
Level 5-6

found below are inspiring Level One NYSSMA pieces for students to consider

from "Time Pieces for Cello", Volume I, Black & Harris

'Ayre, What is it All?', T.Campion

'Allemande', J. Schein

'Song 22', Gibbons

from "Violoncello Music for Beginners", E. Lengyel and A. Pejtsik

'German Dance', unknown

'Rigaudon', L.C. Daquin

'Moderato', P. Jardanyi

from "Hungarian Children's Songs", H. Stevens www.HalseyStevens.com

( NYSSMA level one= #1 and #4) ( NYSSMA level 2= #2,#3,and 6)