P.O. Box 41882
Tucson, AZ 85717
(520) 623-1500



Auditions for the 2019-2020 Tucson Philharmonia wil be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Auditions will be held for the following instruments:
WOODWINDS: Flute, Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon
BRASS: Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
STRINGS: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Auditions will be held for the spring semester only if vacancies exist.

Armory Park Center
220 S. 5th Avenue at 12th Street (see map below)

A 10-minute audition time will be assigned to each applicant. An audition time can be requested either by email or by phone. Auditions will be scheduled between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

Panels of professional musicians will judge the auditions, and placement into the orchestra will be based on the ability level demonstrated at the audition. Each applicant will receive a written evaluation of the audition.

Tucson area and other Southern Arizona musicians through high school age (18 years of age) are eligible for membership in the Tucson Philharmonia.

Also eligible are previous Philharmonia members up to age 21. There is no minimum age for membership, but applicants in grades 8 and lower may audition only with the recommendation (brief email or letter) from their private teacher.

Musicians who are previous TPYO members and still meet the eligbility requirements can request a position in the 2019-2020 Philharmonia - WITHOUT a re-audition - by submitting the Registration Form with the $25 registration fee by Thursday, August 29. NOTE: If the registration form to request a position is NOT submitted by this deadline, the position will be released for the 2019-2020 audition applicants and the former member will be required to re-audition for a position.


Audition Requirements

Solo piece of the applicant's choice (any section, totaling 2 minutes) demonstrating musical and technical abilities, played without accompaniment. Instead of one solo piece, applicants may play two or three contrasting regional or all-state etudes, orchestral excerpts, or other etudes (totaling 2-3 minutes). Memorization is NOT required.

Percussionists must demonstrate skills in the three basic areas: timpani, snare drum, and mallets (xylophone, two mallets), with a maximum of three minutes per area.

As appropriate for applicant's instrument, two or three octave major scales up to five sharps and flats, played at moderate tempo, with any desired articulation or bowing. Memorization is NOT required.

Sight-reading of two orchestral excerpts selected by the adjudicators.

The 2019-2020 audition results and seating audition excerpts will be mailed to each applicant on August 30.

Seating/Playing Assignments
Seating assignments in the string sections and playing assignments in the wind/percussion sections will be determined by music checks on Sept. 7 (strings) and Sept. 14 (winds, percussion) utilizing excerpts from the performance repertoire.


To Schedule an Audition on
Saturday, August 24:

Email info@TPYO.org
or Call TPYO at 623-1500

10am - 5pm, Mon. - Sat.

from Saturday, July 27 until Thursday, August 22

ALL APPLICANTS:  Entire Application must be completed and include a parent's signature to apply.

PREVIOUS MEMBER: No Audition Required. Submit Application by mail with $25 Registration Fee by August 29.

NEW MEMBER: Audition Required. Bring this Application on Audition Day with $25 Registration Fee - DO NOT MAIL

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2019-2020 Tucson Philharmonia
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