The Process

A Joyful persuit of excellence

ESYO meets each student where they are and matches them to the best ensemble to nourish their growth and musical development.

Audition Basics
  • Current and prospective members audition each season before a panel of independent judges and ESYO Conductors in order to determine the best placement based on demonstrated technique, skill, and aptitude.
  • Audition opportunities for youth of all ages through high school
  • Auditions take place in June with additional opportunities in August and September to fill any vacancies
  • Each program has different audition expectations and requirements.
  • Do not let economic hardship be a barrier: financial aid and scholarships are available

Auditions are scheduled by instrument and not by an ensemble.


Classical & Jazz
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass (Classical)
  • Guitar (Jazz)
  • Bass (Jazz)- Acoustic preferred, electric accepted)
ESYO jazz musicians play saxophone


Classical & Jazz
  • Flute/piccolo 
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe/English Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone- Alto, Tenor, and Baritone (Wind Orchestra & Jazz)
middle school girl and boy playing mallet percussion


Classical & Jazz

Should be able to play all of the following:

  • Snare drum
  • Cymbals
  • Xylophone
  • Tambourine
  • Bells
  • Triangle
  • Bass Drum
  • Timpani (after consultation with conductor)
Members of ESYO's Symphony Orchestra's brass section performing at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall


Classical & Jazz
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet (Classical & Jazz)
  • Trombone (Classical & Jazz)
  • Euphonium (Wind Orchestra)
  • Tuba
Member of ESYO's repertory jazz ensemble playing the piano.

Piano & Harp

Classical & Jazz

ESYO welcomes auditions for classical piano and harp as well as jazz piano. Placement for classical piano and harp may vary year to year and is determined by the repertoire.

ESYO Concert Chorale performing with ESYO's Symphony Orchestra at the Melodies of Christmas


ESYO Concert Chorale

Experienced High School Vocalists

  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenor
  • Bass

There is a place for you!

ESYO auditions are held each year for young musicians, like you, who are interested in performing with  ESYO concert chorale, jazz, classical, and percussion ensembles. Each program has a different set of guidelines and expectations. 

Before taking an audition, take time to understand the expectations and requirements of your program.

Tips to a Successful Online Audition

Do the best you can, but don't worry! Here are tips to help you prepare for your ESYO audition.

Before You Record Your Audition
  • Work with your private instructor to prepare audition materials that match the expectations and requirements of the level you hope to join.
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Perform and record “mock” auditions.
  • Familiarize yourself with the audition video submission guidelines.
  • Be sure you know how to upload your audition videos to Acceptd. 
The Night Before You Record
  • Practice, but not too much. 
  • Schedule smaller practice sessions during the day. Run through your excerpts or scales.
  • Don't stay up late and get a good night's sleep.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
Audition Day
  • Treat an online audition, like you are auditioning in front of a panel.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to record your audition video submissions.
  • Schedule a specific time to record your audition video submissions.
  • Set up your camera and music stand, you do not need to memorize your solo piece.
  • Remember that your audition begins the moment you press record, not just when you begin performing your audition repertoire.
  • Dress appropriately to indicate your seriousness of purpose and to show respect for the judge, music, and process, speak confidently and respectfully, smile and make eye contact with the camera.
  • Don’t worry about minor mistakes during the audition. The adjudicators are not expecting a perfect performance; they are mainly interested in your future potential.