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Auditions will be accepted throughout the summer until positions are filled. Check by instrument for available ensembles.

Students may submit one Classical and one Jazz audition per instrument each season.

To join an ESYO Performing Ensemble, you must complete an audition.
Young musicians through the age 20 are encouraged to audition!

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New this year: Solo recordings from as early as January 1, 2023 can be used for your upcoming ESYO audition! If you are preparing for a recital or a state solo and ensemble festival, capture/record a video and save it for your ESYO audition.

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View Requirements by Instrument:

  • Violin

    Available Ensembles: Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, String Orchestra, Concertino Strings, & Repertory Jazz Orchestra

    Classical Audition Requirements 

    Solos:  Prepare two solos of contrasting style and tempi or two contrasting sections from a larger work.  To be considered for Concertino Strings prepare and submit one solo piece.  Maximum length per solo: 3 minutes.

    Scales: Prepare one scale appropriate for your playing ability: scales should demonstrate your range on the instrument and embodied musicianship is strongly recommended. Check out a video on embodied musicianship below.

    Excerpts: Prepare two excerpts that best align with your current level of skill and experience. To only be considered for Concertino Strings: prepare the single excerpt for that ensemble.

    Repertory Jazz Audition Requirements 

    Solo: Prepare one solo jazz standard of your choice. Play-along track or recorded accompaniment permitted, not required. 

    Jazz improvisation (optional): Improvisation within a prepared solo encouraged, but not required.

     

  • Viola

    Available Ensembles: Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, String Orchestra, Concertino Strings, & Repertory Jazz Orchestra

    Classical Audition Requirements 

    Solos:  Prepare two solos of contrasting style and tempi or two contrasting sections from a larger work.  To be considered for Concertino Strings prepare and submit one solo piece.  Maximum length per solo: 3 minutes.

    Scales: Prepare one scale appropriate for your playing ability: scales should demonstrate your range on the instrument and embodied musicianship is strongly recommended. Check out a video on embodied musicianship below.

    Excerpts: Prepare two excerpts that best align with your current level of skill and experience. To only be considered for Concertino Strings: prepare the single excerpt for that ensemble.

    Repertory Jazz Audition Requirements 

    Solo: Prepare one solo jazz standard of your choice. Play-along track or recorded accompaniment permitted, not required. 

    Jazz improvisation (optional): Improvisation within a prepared solo encouraged, but not required.

  • Cello

    Available Ensembles: Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, String Orchestra, & Repertory Jazz Orchestra

    Classical Audition Requirements 

    Solos:  Prepare two solos of contrasting style and tempi or two contrasting sections from a larger work.  To be considered for Concertino Strings prepare and submit one solo piece.  Maximum length per solo: 3 minutes.

    Scales: Prepare one scale appropriate for your playing ability: scales should demonstrate your range on the instrument and embodied musicianship is strongly recommended. Check out a video on embodied musicianship below.

    Excerpts: Prepare two excerpts that best align with your current level of skill and experience. To only be considered for Concertino Strings: prepare the single excerpt for that ensemble.

    Repertory Jazz Audition Requirements 

    Solo: Prepare one solo jazz standard of your choice. Play-along track or recorded accompaniment permitted, not required. 

    Jazz improvisation (optional): Improvisation within a prepared solo encouraged, but not required.

  • Double Bass

    Available Ensembles: Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, String Orchestra, & Concertino Strings

    Classical Audition Requirements 

    Solos:  Prepare two solos of contrasting style and tempi or two contrasting sections from a larger work.  To be considered for Concertino Strings prepare and submit one solo piece.  Maximum length per solo: 3 minutes.

    Scales: Prepare one scale appropriate for your playing ability: scales should demonstrate your range on the instrument and embodied musicianship is strongly recommended. Check out a video on embodied musicianship below.

    Excerpts: Prepare two excerpts that best align with your current level of skill and experience. To only be considered for Concertino Strings: prepare the single excerpt for that ensemble.

  • Electric Bass

    Youth Jazz Orchestra Requirements

    Solo: Improvising a solo over a blues (in any key, any tempo) is optional, but helpful. Using an Aebersold Play-A-Long would be recommended, or a live performance. Play the melody, two choruses, melody.

    Scales: Chromatic scale from your lowest note to highest note and back down, as fast as possible.

    Excerpts: Prepare all excerpts.

    All rhythm instruments (piano, bass, drums, guitar) in addition to the given excerpts, play about 45 seconds of 'time' or 'comping' on the tune(s) of your choice, in the following styles: medium swing, fast swing, ballad, bossa nova and funk/rock, then a one-minute solo in any style, any tempo. 

  • Guitar

    Available Ensembles: Youth Jazz Orchestra & Repertory Jazz Orchestra

    Repertory Jazz Audition Requirements 

    Solo: Prepare one solo jazz standard of your choice. Play-along track or recorded accompaniment permitted, not required. 

    Jazz improvisation (optional): Improvisation within a prepared solo encouraged, but not required.

    Youth Jazz Orchestra Requirements

    Solo: Improvising a solo over a blues (in any key, any tempo) is optional, but helpful. Using an Aebersold Play-A-Long would be recommended, or a live performance. Play the melody, two choruses, melody.

    Scales: Chromatic scale from your lowest note to highest note and back down, as fast as possible.

    Excerpts: Prepare all excerpts.

    All rhythm instruments (piano, bass, drums, guitar) in addition to the given excerpts, play about 45 seconds of 'time' or 'comping' on the tune(s) of your choice, in the following styles: medium swing, fast swing, ballad, bossa nova and funk/rock, then a one-minute solo in any style, any tempo.