Which orchestra should I audition for?
Below is are descriptions for the level of students typically accepted into each of the youth ensembles:
Youth String Ensemble (YSE)
Beginning string players grades 2-7 in Suzuki Book 1-2 (or a method book of a similar level).
This orchestra accepts students via school or private music teacher recommendations. The teacher recommendation form is available here.
Youth Strings Symphonia (YSS)
Beginning to intermediate strings players grades 4-8 in Suzuki Book 2-3 (or a method book of a similar level). Audition excerpts are available here.
Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO)
Intermediate string players of any age in Suzuki Book 4 or above. Typically students move up to this orchestra from YSE or YSS. Intermediate woodwind, brass & percussion players who have been playing in a school ensemble for 2-4 years. Audition excerpts are available here.
Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO)
Advanced string players of any age in Suzuki Book 5 or above. Typically students move up to this orchestra from YCO. Advanced woodwind, brass & percussion players who have been playing in a school ensemble for 4 or more years. Audition excerpts are available here.
Am I automatically considered for all ensembles?
Yes. Please audition for the ensemble level you are best prepared for, since a poor audition for the top ensemble will only be frustrating both for you and the judges. Please check the boxes on the audition form to be considered for the ensembles you are interested in.
Do I need to audition again if I have played in RPYO before?
Everyone should fill out the online form for tracking purposes, but YSS players do not need to re-audition to return to YSS. We’ll just use your form submission to update your information. If a YSS player would like to move up to YCO, they do need to audition. YCO and YSO players re-audition each year, regardless of prior participation.
Is there an audition fee?
There is no audition fee to audition. If you would like to support the youth programs financially beyond annual tuition, we welcome donations online here.