Orchestral  Training

Welcome to the AVS orchestral training page!  Here you will find sage advice from many orchestral violists on how to expertly prepare excerpts for auditions.  Please also visit our multimedia page for additional orchestral preparation instructional materials.

Orchestral Training Multimedia Resources (Members Only)

JAVS Orchestral Training Forum Articles (Members Only)


JAVS Orchestral Training Forum Articles

Dan Foster – Preparation and Performance of Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote and Ein Heldenleben

Patricia McCarty – Developing Spiccato for All Occasions

Charles Pikler – Wagner’s Overtures to Tannhäuser

Ellen Rose – Distribution of Responsibilities in a Viola Section

Christine Rutledge – Orchestral Repertoire Lists

Yizhak Schotten – Preparing a Successful Audition – Beyond the Basics

Robert Vernon – Mendelssohn Scherzo, Mozart Symphony #35, and Strauss Don Juan

Evan Wilson – Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47