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 and up 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)
Players ages 12 and up. Intermediate string players 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)
Players ages 12 and up. Advanced string players 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?

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. You will be considered for all lower ensembles. For example, a YCO audition will be considered for YSS, but a YSS audition would not be considered for YCO, since the excerpts are too different in level to make a good comparison.

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 and YSE players do not need to re-audition to return to ensembles they’ve already played in. We’ll just use your form submission to update your information. If a YSS or YSE 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.