Audition Process

Thank you for your interest in our youth orchestras!

We are looking forward to another wonderful year of music-making starting in late September! By then, as more people get vaccinated and COVID-19 cases continue to decline, we hope and plan to go back to “normal,” with in-person rehearsals and live performances. However, safety remains our top priority for ESYO programs, and we will continue to follow the recommended state and local guidelines. We will know more when schools reopen and rehearsal spaces made available.

Results of Spring auditions for the 2021-22 Season are in! If you were placed in one of our orchestras, you will receive an email with the password for the results page. Students made outstanding progress during the last online season, and their perseverance has been inspiring. ESYO is proud of every one of them, and thrilled that the combined efforts of all involved created such a successful season during a very uncertain time. Thank you all for your interest and support of youth music!

There’s still a chance to join!

Fall auditions will be held over Zoom for those who were new to the area, out of town or had pre-arranged events or activities in the Spring. If you’d like to try out, take a look at the requirements and process below. Then click here to fill out the Fall Audition Form. For more information, you can send an email to

Please be sure to tell your musical friends and teachers about ESYO! We hope to see students from many schools and areas represented, and full instrumentation for the youth orchestras. If you have questions, your teacher is a great person to talk to about auditioning.

Auditions are approximately 5-6 minutes long, and include a solo no longer than 3 mins., as well as scales. See below for requirements, audition tips, and eligibility guidelines. Students should always prepare what best demonstrates their skills.


Audition Steps:

  • Step 1 – Sign up for an audition online.
  • Step 2 – Practice required audition materials – click here for a list. Prepare something that best shows your skills.
  • Step 3 – Look for an email with your time slot and the ZOOM invitation link.
  • Step 4 – Please join the ZOOM call 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time, to make sure the auditions transition from one to the next smoothly.
  • Step 5 – Wait for your registrar to invite you into the call to start your audition.
  • Step 6 – Introduce yourself, and the scales and solo you will be playing.  
  • Step 7 – Look for results of auditions, which will be posted by Friday, June 30, 2021.
  • Step 8 – Registration materials will be available on the corresponding orchestra page on our website at the beginning of August, and are due by August 20th. For Fall auditions, they will be due by Sept. 20th.
  • Thank you!

Remember: Auditions are not meant to stress students out! Prepare your solo and scales carefully, and you will be fine. Everyone is nervous, but our goal is to place each student in the ensemble that will give them the best musical experience.

  • Feel free to dress up a little for your audition. Although it is not required, it can help some students feel ready for a performance
  • Play music you are comfortable with and best displays your skills.
  • Practice your audition in front of family and friends. This can really help with nerves.
  • Introduce yourself and your selections before you play.

ESYO Participation Policies:
ESYO works closely in collaboration with local schools to support a well-rounded musical experience.  We appreciate and value the daily instruction and rehearsal offered in musical ensembles, which provides a wealth of benefits for student musicians.  We strongly encourage all ESYO musicians to be enrolled in their school music program if one is available.
Attendance: Your presence at rehearsal is very important! Regular attendance is essential for maintaining the continuity and quality of your orchestra.

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