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Melodies Chorale auditions openings this fall!

ESYO auditions are held each June for young musicians, like you, who are looking to unleash their creativity and ignite their passion for music. When auditioning for ESYO, you audition by instrument, not a specific ensemble. 

  • Current and prospective members audition each season.
  • Auditions are open for youth of all ages through high school.
  • Auditions continue in August and September to fill vacancies.

Auditions for ESYO Christmas Concert / ESYO Melodies Chorale are IN-PERSON this Fall.

Auditioning This Year

This year, the $50 audition fee is included in the tuition! Apply today and don’t let economic hardship be a barrier to persue your musical journey.

What is an ESYO audition?

An ESYO audition is not a competition, it’s a process that helps ESYO conductors place you in an ensemble that challenges you musically and nourishes your growth.  An independent panel of judges evaluates your performance based on a few specific criteria. Click here to learn more about Embodied Musicianship!

Most ESYO auditions take place online. This allows you the opportunity to prepare and record your audition at home with a smartphone or computer. Auditions for ESYO Concert Chorale and percussion ensembles take place in person.

Audition requirements may vary by instrument and program.  Whether you are a classical or jazz musician, a percussionist, or vocalist, the stage is set for you!


Use embodied musicianship!

Breathe with the music and allow your body movements to reflect your playing freely and expressively. Not all instruments are the same- take a look at our video for some examples!


Audition Video Requirements

Do you have questions about how to audition online?  Relax and don’t stress. Here is a complete guide to successfully completing an online ESYO audition.

ESYO Audition Video Submission Guidelines

  • Record separately each of your UNEDITED videos for your solo piece(s), excerpt(s), and scales. 
  • Each solo video should be no longer than 3 minutes.
  • Your camera should record from a fixed position. Face toward the camera. The judges must be able to see your face, whole instrument, fingerings, bow, and embouchure. Do not block the view with your music stand.
  • Record your videos at home, using any tool available to you (cell phones are fine).
  • Be mindful of acoustics. Avoid recording your audition in a bathroom or space that echoes. 
  • Audition videos must be uploaded to your audition application.  The following common digital formats are accepted: MPEG, MPG, MP4, MOV.  File size should not exceed 1GB.
  • No editing of the audio or video is permitted. 
  • Video recordings must be made within 2 weeks of submission.
  • Use Embodied Musicianship! (See video above)

Do the best you can, but don't worry! Here are some more 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 and where to upload your audition videos.
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.