Apply online beginning early 2017!  String Intensive students are accepted via competitive audition. Auditions are accepted via private Youtube link.  Students must register as an applicant and pay the application fee before submitting their Youtube link..


1) Scales: Please record these specific scales, with bowing of your choice. Minor scales may be natural or melodic.

Violin: C Major and g minor; 3 octaves
Viola: F Major and c minor; 3 octaves
Cello: F Major and c minor; 3 octaves
Bass:  A Major and g minor; 2 octaves

2) Solo: Two solo selections demonstrating technical accomplishment (something fast) AND interpretive ability (something slow and legato). 
If a piece has both a slow and fast section, one piece is sufficient. It is acceptable to cut parts of longer pieces. Piano accompaniment is optional, but makes a good impression!  Students preparing for all-state auditions may choose to perform the all-state excerpt(s) as their solo requirement for Orchestra Project in lieu of a solo piece.

**Recordings should be between approximately 7 to 12 minutes in length.


Auditions are evaluated on:

  • technical expertise
  • artistic maturity
  • repertoire difficulty

Technical skills in solo pieces that will raise the applicant’s starting score may include, but are not limited to: Shifting into high positions, harmonics, double stops, and varied use of vibrato.  Auditions are judged in the following categories:   Intonation, rhythm, tone, dynamics and phrasing.

Three Easy Steps for uploading a Youtube video audition  
  1. 1
    • Record using a video/audio recording device
    • State your full name. State the date.
    • State the composer and title of pieces you will play.

    **Recordings should be between approximately 7 and 12 minutes in length.

  2. 2
    Upload Video
    • Click the Upload link at the top of any page.
    • Click the Upload video button to browse for your audition video. Select the file you want to upload and click Open.
    • As the video file is uploading, create video Title in the following format: {Your Full Name} Orchestra Project 2017 (ex. “Jane Smith Orchestra Project 2016”)
    • Next, scroll to the Privacy section of the page. You will see the option to mark your video as “unlisted”, “public”, or “private”.Select unlisted – this will allow access only to those with whom you choose to share the link.
    • Click the Save Changes button to save your updates
  3. 3
    Submit YouTube Link

    Please email link with the  following information to

    Camper Name
    Parent Name
    YouTube Username
    YouTube Video Title Name (Full Name/Orchestra Project/2017)
    YouTube Link
    Playing Sample Material (Composers, Title)

    *Remember you must submit the $25 application fee before your video audition may be considered.  Learn more about application details.

OR click here to read a Youtube tutorial on uploading a video.

**For technical questions creating or uploading video please contact Hannah Slater at or call 804-788-4171, ext. 145. In cases where uploading to Youtube is impossible, a dvd may be submitted.


Early Application Deadline: March 10, 2017
$20 application fee WITH audition link

Final Application Deadline: March 25, 2017
Final Application deadline and youtube audition link deadline
After March 10 application fee is $40

Notification: April 12, 2017
Students will be e-mailed a notification letter by April 12. Students must accept or decline their invitation into String Intensive within one week of receiving the invitation.  Students not accepted into String Intensive will automatically be enrolled into String Odyssey.

Additional auditions may be accepted after March 25 for vacancies only – please email to inquire.

Students not accepted into String Intensive will automatically be enrolled into String Odyssey.