Audition Process

Many thanks to all of the incredible youth musicians who auditioned for the 2020-21 Season! Results are posted here: Audition Results for 2020-21 Season

2020-21 Season Update:
Next season may look different than in the past to ensure everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our program options will be based on state and local guidelines, and availability of school district facilities. Rest assured that we will continue to provide a unique and valuable musical experience for all orchestra members, using a combination of in-person ensembles whenever possible, and virtual music classes and sectionals. We will keep you informed as new information emerges, and send an announcement as soon as it is time to register.

Dear music students and families,
We know that you must be wondering what our programs will be like next year, and you likely have many questions for us. While we are still finalizing details and waiting for guidance from health authorities, we can assure you that we are working hard to prepare for a variety of situations. We fully intend to provide a steady, reliable source of enrichment and connection for our students, and so we are developing options that will allow for instruction to take place in smaller groups. This will help to ensure that our programs can continue even if larger groups are unable to gather. We are also prepared to switch to online delivery if that becomes necessary for some period of time, but we are optimistic that smaller ensembles will be able to rehearse for most of the year.

Additionally, we are pursuing collaborations with partner organizations that will offer benefits to our students, and through the generous support of David and Amy Fulton, we will be able to provide some special opportunities this year that we haven’t been able to offer before. While we have not yet finalized all of the details, we want you to know that we are making every effort to be prepared for whatever the fall may bring. We feel confident that we will be able to simultaneously protect the health and well-being of our students while also ensuring the continuity of programs through creative adaptation.

Music has always been an important source of inspiration, healing, and connection, but we believe that is particularly true right now. ESYO is pleased to be able to serve our community at a time when music education is perhaps more important than ever before in our lifetimes. We look forward to making music with you in this historic 2020-21 season!

Audition Steps:

  • 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 19, 2020.
  • Step 8 – Registration materials will be available on the corresponding orchestra page on our website and are due by July 31. 
  • PLEASE CLICK HERE for audition requirements.
  • Thank you!

AUDITION SCHEDULES (based on grade in Fall 2020)
• Thurs., June 11th, 9am-1pm: Elem/MS Violin
• Thurs., June 11th, 3pm-7pm: Elem/MS Viola, Cello, Bass

• Fri., June 12th, 9am-1pm: MS Winds, Brass, Perc.
• Fri., June 12th, 3pm-7pm: HS Violins

• Sat., June 13th, 10am-2pm: HS Viola, Cello, Bass
• Sat., June 13th, 4pm-8pm: HS Winds, Brass, Perc.

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.