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.
Musicians auditioning for ESYO pay a $50 audition fee. Don’t let economic hardship be a barrier. Audition fee waivers are available.
If you are not placed in an ESYO ensemble, your audition fee is refunded.
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!
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.
Do the best you can, but don't worry! Here are some more tips to help you prepare for your ESYO audition: