Playable by second and third year ensembles
Occasionally extending to third position
Keys carefully considered for appropriate difficulty
Addition of separate second violin and violaparts (also a viola T.C. included)
An increase in independence of parts over beginning levels

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A Guide to the
Collegiate Audition Process

Compiled and Edited by Larry Clark and Daniel Schmidt

For Strings
(with forewords and additional editing by Doris Gazda, Richard Hughey and Joel DiBartolo)

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This essential series provides high school students, with or without a private teacher, with a comprehensive collection of materials that will satisfy the needs of most college/university music auditions.
Each book includes the most frequently requested audition requirements.
Protocol will aid students by exposing them to the expectations of the audition process, assisting their preparation for this process, and creating a comfort level that allows students to present themselves in the best light possible. These books are indispensable guides for every student planning to audition for a collegiate music program.


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Angels in the Bleak Midwinter
Larry Clark

Angels in the Bleak Midwinter
As the title implies, this unique piece combines the beauty of Gustav Holst’s “In the Bleak Midwinter” with the popular “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Lush and stunningly gorgeous, Angels in the Bleak Midwinter manages to be simple and elegant at the same time. This work can be performed alone or with a choral setting and concert band setting. What a great opportunity to include the whole music program!
listen  YAS106.mp3 score image  692KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS106 Set $50.00
Duration 3:37 YAS106F Full Score $6.50
Key F Major YAS106P Parts $3.00 contact us
Black River Ballad
Doris Gazda

Black River Ballad
Black River Ballad is a slow, Western-themed waltz; a marvelous new piece from Doris Gazda, exemplifying everything directors love about her music. This beautiful, lyrical tune seems effortless, while retaining an important educational aspect: Doris Gazda’s specialty. As Black River Ballad expands, Doris adds some intriguing harmonic twists. We know you are going to like it!
listen  YAS102.mp3 score image  705KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS102 Set $50.00
Duration 3:41 YAS102F Full Score $6.50
Key G Major YAS102P Parts $3.00 contact us
Dance of Salome
Joseph Compello

Dance of Salome
As the title of this piece implies, Dance of Salome is a seductive-sounding piece with a Middle Eastern feel. Composer Joseph Compello has crafted a serious musical work for intermediate string players, with infectious melodic figures and incessant rhythms. This work will do a wonderful job of highlighting the strengths of your budding ensemble. Perfect for contest or festival performance.
listen  YAS101.mp3 score image  740KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS101 Set $50.00
Duration 2:19 YAS101F Full Score $6.50
Key B minor YAS101P Parts $3.00 contact us
Japanese Hoedown
Keiko Yamada

Japanese Hoedown
Keiko Yamada combines elements of her Japanese heritage and folk music with the music of the American hoedown, and the result is a party! The main tune is pentatonic, but the background parts are pure hoedown. Japanese Hoedown sounds cool and different, but familiar at the same time. There is even an open section for improvisation that can be played using a D pentatonic scale, and an example solo is provided as well.
listen  YAS112.mp3 score image  732KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS112 Set $50.00
Duration 2:25 YAS112F Full Score $6.50
Key D Major YAS112P Parts $3.00 contact us
Light the Candles!
Deborah Baker Monday

Light the Candles
In true Hanukah style, the modal harmonies, chromatic figures, and syncopated rhythms of Light the Candles! are a stunning change of pace for the holiday season, written by one of the most respected string educators/composers in the business. This work provides you with an opportunity to spice up your holiday program with the music of Hanukah.
listen  YAS105.mp3 score image  746KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS105 Set $50.00
Duration 3:10 YAS105F Full Score $6.50
Key D minor YAS105P Parts $3.00 contact us
The Red Planet
Joseph Compello

The Red Planet
Joseph Compello depicts the planet Mars with The Red Planet, a heavy, brooding piece in 5/4. This piece provides cross-curricular opportunities to work with the school’s science department. Best of all, it will allow your group to show off the maturity of their playing.
listen  YAS103.mp3 score image  730KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS103 Set $50.00
Duration 2:44 YAS103F Full Score $6.50
Key B minor YAS103P Parts $3.00 contact us
Red River Valley
American Folk Song, arranged by Virginia Croft

Red River Valley
You will hear the clicking of horse hooves and the sounds of the old west in this setting of a standard American folk song. Virginia Croft draws from her experience as a longtime music educator to write pleasing arrangements of popular folk songs like this one. She has a knack for bringing out the true beauty of the song in an authentic way. All sections of the orchestra get a chance to shine in Red River Valley.
listen  YAS113.mp3 score image  718KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS113 Set $50.00
Duration 3:18 YAS113F Full Score $6.50
Key D Major, G Major YAS113P Parts $3.00 contact us
Southland in Springtime
Alan Lee Silva

Southland in Springtime
As always, Alan Lee Silva gives us another impressive composition for intermediate students that seems to float on air. His compositional style is ideally suited for the idiom, with wonderfully crafted melodic lines guaranteed to make your group sound effortlessly musical. What a great way to show off the musicianship of your orchestra in a contest or festival performance!
listen  YAS110.mp3 score image  784KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS110 Set $50.00
Duration 2:49 YAS110F Full Score $6.50
Key G Major YAS110P Parts $3.00 contact us
Star Lake
Matt Turner

Star Lake
Star Lake conjures up images of a serene lake in the central north, early in the morning. Its heartfelt melodies and Americana-style harmonies evoke the music of Copland and Bernstein. What better way to improve the musicianship of your ensemble than to have them play this warm and inviting piece? An effective way for your group to learn phrase-shaping while expressing themselves musically.
listen  YAS109.mp3 score image  689KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS109 Set $50.00
Duration 2:56 YAS109F Full Score $6.50
Key D Major YAS109P Parts $3.00 contact us
Swingin' Santa
Benjamin Hanby, arranged by Carl Strommen

Swingin' Santa
Get your orchestra swinging this year with a fun Christmas piece based on the ever-popular “Up On The Housetop.” Drawing from his jazz background, Carl Strommen delivers an arrangement that is unique and authentic to the idiom, but within the technical capabilities of the intermediate student. Oh what fun it will be to ride this sleigh – Ho, ho ho!
listen  YAS104.mp3 score image  710KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS104 Set $50.00
Duration 2:27 YAS104F Full Score $6.50
Key G Major YAS104P Parts $3.00 contact us
The Voyage
George Sweet

The Voyage
The Voyage’s musical journey begins with a lush and contemporary-sounding opening, and then moves on to a more lilting main theme. You will especially like the swift changes between 4/4 and 3/4 time throughout the piece, as well as its long lines and exhuberant harmonies. Take this voyage with your orchestra. It is well worth the trip.
listen  YAS111.mp3 score image  883KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS111 Set $50.00
Duration 2:35 YAS111F Full Score $6.50
Key D Major YAS111P Parts $3.00 contact us
Winter Milky Way
Yukiko Nishimura

Winter Milky Way
The words “lush” and “beautiful” best describe this wonderful new ballad from Yukiko Nishimura. Its whimsical lines and jazz-influenced harmonies are just right for intermediate string players: idiomatic and impressive. A true delight for players and audience alike.
listen  YAS108.mp3 score image  767KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS108 Set $50.00
Duration 4:59 YAS108F Full Score $6.50
Key G Major YAS108P Parts $3.00 contact us
Zydeco Zephyr
Matt Turner

Zydeco Zephyr
Matt Turner's impressive list of award-winning compositions will just keep growing as he adds pieces like this to his repertoire! Zydeco Zephyr starts out with some boogie-woogie and then moves to a fiddling style in the second half. Not only can you hear the train within the music, but this work also includes an opportunity for a soloist to improvise. An example solo is provided, but this is a great way to get your kids to express themselves musically.
listen  YAS107.mp3 score image  854KB  

Level Easy String Orchestra YAS107 Set $50.00
Duration 4:40 YAS107F Full Score $6.50
Key D Major YAS107P Parts $3.00 contact us
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