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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 Monday, April 19, 2021. Audition videos can be submitted through Wednesday, June 9, 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 Monday, April 19, 2021 through Wednesday June 9, 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.
With a virtual audition, you can submit your audition video materials online starting Monday, April 19, 2021. All audition video submissions are due Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
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.
Solo videos should be no longer than 3 minutes each. Be sure to view the video submission guidelines before submitting your virtual audition.
In-person auditions tend to be around 10 minutes.
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.
NOTE: For in-person Percussion auditions we provide most instruments.
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.