Auditions for RSJSO 2019-20 Season

August 2019 Auditions: 

Auditions will be held, August 24

Location: Berks Catholic HS

Application Procedure:

1. Please read the RSJSO Audition Requirements. (Listed Below)

2. Complete the online “Reading Symphony Junior String Orchestra Membership Application”, Click here to register your child(ren).

3. Please print and mail the completed 2019-20 Signature Page along with a check in the amount of $20.00, checks payable to the RSO office, as directed on the form. This will complete your application.

If you would prefer a printed application or if you have any questions, please call the RSO office at 610-373-7557. Audition times will be e-mailed at least one week prior to the audition date. Audition times will be sent by mail to those without internet access.

If you have questions about the audition process, please email or call the RSO office at 610-373-7557.

All RSJSO applications are due August 2nd, 2019.


Please note: It is recommended that you use either a laptop or desktop computer to complete the the Online RSJSO Application Form as some persons have had difficulty using smart phones or tablets.

RSJSO  Auditions requirements:

Reading Symphony Junior String Orchestra

(grades 4 – 9)

Audition Requirements

*All ninth grade students will audition for RSYO.  Previous members of RSJSO are not automatically accepted into RSYO. New ninth grade students may be placed in either RSYO or RSJSO depending on their audition and the needs of both orchestras.


Applications are required before an audition to the RSJSO can be scheduled.  Auditions will include the following:

  1. Scales
Played at a minimum speed of MM quarter note = 100, separate bow, using the rhythmic pattern shown below.
Instrument Scales with octaves to be played
Violin C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab : 2 Octaves
Viola C, G, D, A, E, F, Eb, Ab: 2 Octaves………..Bb: 1 Octave
Cello C, D, G, F, Eb: 2 Octaves………..Bb, A: 1 Octave
String Bass C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab : 1 Octave

2.  Solo Repertoire

2019-2020 Orchestra Solo –for section players

Instrument      Selection         Arrangment    Book/Collection        Publisher

Violin                 Bolero               Dancla              Solo Time Book 4       Forrest Etling

Violin                 Bolero               Dancla              Solo Time Book 4       Forrest Etling

Cello                 Sonatina No 2     Pleyel                Solo Time Book 4      Forrest Etling

Bass                 Minuet No 2       Bach                 Solo Time Book 4      Forrest Etling



2019-2020 Orchestra Solo must be used to be considered for principal positions

    1. Kabalevsky: Violin Concerto in C Major (first Movement)-International Edition
  2. VIOLA
    1. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata (first movement)- International Edition
  3. CELLO
    1. Sebastian Lee: Study #23, “Adagio Cantabile” from Melodic Studies  Op. 31 (International only – don’t use Schirmer)
  4. BASS
    1. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata no. 2 in e minor, MVts. I and II (no repeats)(Schirmer)

3.  Sight Reading


Please call 610-373-7557 if you have any questions.