Point of View Orchestra

POVO is an innovative and adventurous ensemble at Concordia Conservatory, performing repertoire crossing genre and geography, from rock, folk, classical and global music. This is not your usual orchestra. POVO will return in person when the easing of health restrictions makes it prudent to do so.

Ages 11 & up  |  Saturdays 12:00 –1:30pm


Core instruments  Strings, winds, brass, percussion
Auxiliary instruments  Piano, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, drum set

Core instrumentalists will participate in every rehearsal and two concerts; auxiliary instrumentalists may not be needed on every concert or at every rehearsal.

All auditions must be scheduled; please call the Conservatory office to arrange an official time slot.


1. Repertoire
Each student is asked to perform two solo pieces in two different styles, at least one of which is “classical.” Percussionists should prepare one piece (a solo or etude) on snare drum and another on bells or xylophone. Percussion instruments will be provided at the audition.

2. Technique: Scales up to 3 sharps and 2 flats

Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass: two-octave scales
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone: one-octave scales
Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba: one-octave scales
Percussion (bells or xylophone): one-octave scales
Piano: three-octave scales, hands together
Electric Guitar: two-octave scales
Electric Bass Guitar: two-octave scales

3. Sight-Reading

Students will be asked to sight-read a passage which corresponds to their skill level, and will be given two opportunities to perform the given passage. Percussionists will be asked to sight-read on both snare and mallet instruments.