Required Materials

Auditons are required to participate in ESYO Youth Symphony, Junior Orchestra, and Little Symphony.

Youth Symphony Audition Requirements

Age limit: Maximum age is 21.
String Auditions for Youth Symphony

  • 3 octave major scale of your choice
  • 2 octave melodic minor scale (a three octave melodic minor scale for violin players) of your choice
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes
  • All those auditioning will be asked to sight-read.

Brass and Woodwind auditions for Youth Symphony

  • 2 octave major scale of your choice
  • 2 octave melodic minor scale of your choice
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes.  If you are working on audition material for Western International Band Clinic or All-State Band that would work as well.
  • All those auditioning will be asked to sight-read.

Percussion auditions for Youth Symphony

  • Prepare a challenging snare drum solo
  • Play a mallet selection (must fit on a xylophone range – no marimba available for auditions).
  • All those auditioning will be asked to sight-read.

Junior Orchestra Audition Requirements

Age limit: Most members of the orchestra are in grades 6 – 10.
 String auditions for Junior Orchestra

  • 2 octave major scale of your choice
  • 2 octave melodic minor scale of your choice
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes in length
  • All those auditioning will be asked to sight-read.

Brass and Woodwind auditions for Junior Orchestra

  • 2 octave major scale of your choice
  • 2 octave melodic minor scale of your choice 
  • Material from Rubank’s Advanced Method or the equivalent would be appropriate.  If you are working on audition material for Western International Band Clinic or All-State Band that would work as well. 
  • All those auditioning will be asked to sight-read.

Percussion auditions for Junior Orchestra

  • Prepare a challenging snare drum solo
  • Play a mallet selection (must fit on a xylophone range – no marimba available for auditions).
  • All those auditioning will be asked to sight-read.

Little Symphony Audition Requirements

Age limit: At least 3 years of instruction required

  • one-octave G, D, C and F major scales
  • (violin players will also be asked to play a two-octave D major scale).
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes in length 
  • All those auditioning will be asked to sight-read.