Required Materials

Auditions are required to participate in ESYO Youth Symphony, Junior Orchestra, and Little Symphony. It is also our policy that all members of the orchestra participate in their school music program, if there is one available. An eligibility form will be required at the first rehearsal.

Youth Symphony Audition Requirements

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.
  • 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

 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 
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes. Material from Rubank’s Advanced Method or the equivalent would be appropriate.  Audition material for Western International Band Clinic or All-State Band would also be suitable. 
  • 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

Strings only, with at least 3 years of instruction required. Private teachers should encourage their students to demonstrate their most advanced skills.

  • Two major one-octave scales, 1 or 2 octaves. (Violinists are encouraged to demonstrate a shift to third position with, for example, a 2-octave D major scale).
  • Cellists who have worked on shifting and playing 2-octave scales are encouraged to demonstrate that in their audition.
  • A short solo, or excerpt from a solo, no longer than 3 minutes in length 
  • All those auditioning will be asked to sight-read.