Austin Classical Guitar Youth Orchestra

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Fall 2017

If you would like to be notified when information about Fall 2017 auditions is available, please send us an email.

Audition requirements (NOTE: these requirements may change for Fall 2017 auditions):

– Performance of 1-2 pieces, not to exceed 5 minutes. Audition selections can be from any time period, but should be at or above the level of common intermediate studies by Carcassi, Sor or Brouwer.

– A two-octave A major scale in 5th position with i and m alternation.

– An excerpt which will be sent to all auditionees in advance. The performance of the excerpt must include all fingerings and dynamics at the set tempo.

– A short sight reading excerpt in first position with simple rhythms provided by the audition panel. Students will have one full minute to look over the excerpt and perform the rhythm, melodic, and dynamic material to the best of their ability.


About the ensemble

Directed by celebrated composer, guitarist and educator Joseph V. Williams II, ACGYO is open, by audition, to any Texas classical guitarist under 19 years of age. Participants should have firm command of scale, slur and arpeggio techniques and be fluent readers in at least first-position.

A tuition fee of $150 is required of all ensemble members each semester they participate. Tuition includes all rehearsals, all music, and complimentary admission for up to three guests at events in which the ensemble is featured. Partial payment plans and limited scholarships are available – please inquire.

Students will be expected to fully prepare, with the assistance of their private teachers, all assigned pieces in advance of rehearsals. In other words: they should arrive at their first rehearsal already able to play from the beginning to the end of all assigned pieces at a reasonable tempo.

Students should bring their music (hole-punched and placed in a black 3-ring binder), a pencil, a folding music stand, and their guitar to each rehearsal. Performance attire will be concert black: black long-sleeved shirts or blouses, black pants or long skirts, with black shoes and socks.


ACGYO is generously sponsored by

Dr. Michael Froehls