Auditions

Auditions allow us to create the best conditions for learning and to maintain our standards of excellence. All current and prospective members of OYO must audition. Main auditions are generally held mid-April through May each year. Auditions for select instruments to fill vacancies are also held in August.

Students will be heard by our orchestra conductors and should expect to learn the results of their audition by the end of June. Final orchestra placement is at the discretion of the orchestra conductors.

We offer four levels of orchestras

Symphony Orchestra

Level:
Advanced
Instruments:
Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion
Age group:
Generally High School musicians

Philharmonia Orchestra

Level:
Advanced Intermediate
Instruments:
Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion
Age/Repertoire:
Suzuki books 5 through 7 (Strings). Generally grades 7 through 12

String Orchestra

Level:
Intermediate
Instruments:
String musicians only (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)
Age/Repertoire:
Suzuki books 4 through 6. Generally grades 3 through 9.

Studio String Orchestra

Level:
Advanced Beginner
Instruments:
String musicians only (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)
Age/Repertoire:
Suzuki books 1 (completed) through 3. Generally grades 2 through 7

Audition Requirements

  • For Studio Strings: 2-3 minutes showing technique and tone quality. The solo will be heard unaccompanied and does not need to be memorized.
  • String, Philharmonia, and Symphony: 3 to 4 minutes showing technique and tone quality. The solo will be heard unaccompanied and does not need to be memorized.
  • Percussionists: For pianists/percussionists, prepare a piano solo as well as a solo on your chosen percussion instrument. For percussionists only, prepare a solo on your chosen percussion instrument. You must supply your own mallets and sticks. Instruments will be available at the audition site.
  • Multiple Instruments: Be prepared to perform a solo on each instrument you would like to play in the orchestra, and schedule an audition time for each instrument.
  • Sight reading: All auditioning students will be asked to sightread. Materials will be chosen by the conductors.
  • Scales are not required for any audition.

The Audition Schedule is as follows;

Studio String Orchestra String Orchestra Philharmonia Orchestra Symphony Orchestra
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass All Instruments All Instruments
Studio String/String Joint

  • Sat, April 21 (9:30AM-12:00PM)
  • Sat, April 28 (12:30PM-3:00PM)
  • Sat, May 5 (12:30PM-3:00PM)
Philharmonia/Symphony Joint

  • Sat, April 28 (12:30PM-2:30PM)
  • Sat, May 5 (12:30PM-3:00PM)
String/Philharmonia Joint (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)

  • Sat, April 28 (9:30AM-12:00PM)
  • Sat, May 5 (9:30AM-12:00PM)
  • Fri, April 27 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Sat, April 28 (9:30AM-12:00PM)
  • Fri, May 4 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Sat, May 5 (9:30AM-12:00PM)
  • Sat, May 12 (12:00PM-4:00PM)
  • Sun, May 20 (1:00PM-4:00PM)
  • Fri, April 27 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Fri, May 4 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Sat, May 12 (12:00PM-4:00PM)
  • Sun, May 20 (1:00PM-4:00PM)
  • Fri, April 27 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Sat, April 28 (2:45PM-5:00PM)
  • Fri, May 4 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Sat, May 19 (12:00PM-4:00PM)
  • Sat, April 28 (9:30AM-12:00PM)
  • Sat, April 28 (2:45PM-5:00PM)
  • Sat, May 5 (9:30AM-12:00PM)
  • Sat, May 5 (3:15PM-5:00PM)
  • Sat, May 19 (12:00PM-4:00PM)
* dates in italics are priority sessions for our currently enrolled students