Auditions are typically held at Brown School in Schenectady. Due to the risks associated with the spread of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, auditions for the 2020-2021 season will be held online. For more information go to our Audition Online page!
Current and prospective members must apply for a virtual audition online and submit audition videos and materials online through Acceptd, an online application and audition platform.
Current members and prospective members can apply for a virtual audition starting Friday, May 1, 2021. Audition videos can be submitted through Friday, June 12, 2021. Summer auditions will run from August through September. Summer auditions are held to fill vacancies.
Current and prospective students can apply for an audition online starting Friday, May 1, 2021 through Friday, June 12, 2021.
Yes! A $50 audition fee is assessed through the Audition application process. Audition fee waivers are available for those who qualify. Contact Acceptd to apply for a fee waiver or speak with Lisa Stulmaker, Director of Finance.
Current and prospective members audition by instrument and not by an ensemble. After the audition process is complete, an independent team of adjudicators and conductors will place each member in an ensemble that will best nourish and support the member's personal and musical growth.
Experienced and advanced classical musicians are expected to prepare a series of orchestral excerpts. Click here for more details
Results are emailed to applicants by the end of June/early July.
Because of ESYO’s progressive program, you don’t specify on your application for which group you are auditioning. Instead, you choose an instrument by genre, e.g., trumpet – classical, or alto saxophone – jazz.
Placement in a particular group within those categories is based upon your audition results. If you choose to audition on two instruments, you must submit two applications.
Typically, applicants choose an audition slot online during the audition application process. However, with a virtual audition, you can submit your audition video materials online starting Friday, May 1, 2021. All audition video submissions are due Friday, June 12, 2021.
No. You should bring two copies of the music with you (one for you and a clean copy for the judge); you may use the music during your audition.
IMPORTANT 2020-2021 UPDATE | You do not need to submit additional music when auditioning online.
Excerpts can be found here. Your audition confirmation email will also include information about how to find the online orchestral excerpts.
To be considered for the more advanced groups, you need to prepare all the excerpts which can be found here.
First impressions are important. You do not have to wear a suit or fancy dress – we want you to be comfortable, but looking neat, clean, and put together is important.
Usually about 10 minutes. You may be asked to only play certain portions of your prepared solo ( be sure to learn the whole solo!) and/or the excerpts and/or the sight-reading, and the judges may stop at any time during the audition and ask you to play a different section or nothing more. This is quite common and is not an indication of how you are doing.
Plan to arrive about 30 minutes before your scheduled audition time. Give yourself extra time if you are not familiar with the area.
When submitting audition materials online, do not wait until the last minute. Be prepared and submit your audition video's 48 hours before the deadline.
Instrument and related supplies (strings, reeds, valve oil, etc.); music – 2 copies; music stand. NOTE for Jazz: we will provide amps; keyboard/piano; drumset (but not sticks). NOTE for Percussion: we provide most instruments.
Online audition: Instrument and related supplies, a webcam or smartphone with a camera and built-in microphone, and music stand. You do NOT need to submit an additional copy of your music.
No, copies are fine – one for you and one clean copy for the judges.
Judges will be listening for tonality, intonation, rhythm and expression.
If accepted into an ESYO ensemble, you are strongly encouraged to take private lessons so that you can keep up with the music.
If accepted into an ESYO ensemble, you are strongly encouraged to participate in your school music groups to the extent your schedule permits. Mandatory school music activities do take precedence over ESYO rehearsals and concerts, so you will not be penalized if you have to miss an ESYO event because of a mandatory required activity.
This is something that you would discuss at the beginning of the season with your ESYO ensemble manager.