ESYO auditions are held each year 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.
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.
Percussionists are submitting only their audition application due June 3 at this time. No videos are required. Percussion auditions will be in-person on June 10-11. See audition requirements and excerpts. Audition time and location will be sent to you after the June 3 application deadline.
Do the best you can, but don't worry! Here are some more tips to help you prepare for your ESYO audition: