Academy String Program Auditions

CSO and SOE Auditions for the 2021-2022 Season

Academy String Program

HYS is excited to announce auditions for the Academy Strings Program’s Concert String Orchestra (CSO) and String Orchestra Ensemble (SOE). Applicants will be considered for both CSO and SOE.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 restrictions, we expect a competitive audition process as class sizes will be limited.

In the interest of social distancing and keeping everyone safe, auditions will be by video submission.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum age requirement:
8 years old by September 1, 2021 and in grade 3 in the 2021-2022 school year.

COVID-19 Vaccine requirement:
Students ages 12 and older will be required to be vaccinated to participate in HYS in-person programs.

Audition Application Steps:

Step 1: Download your excerpts and start practicing!

Step 2: Fill out audition application and pay application fee by the application deadline: Wednesday, August 18th. Only one form per applicant.

Step 3: Receive the Audition Video Submission Form in your confirmation email.

Step 4: Submit video of your excerpts by Wednesday August 18th using the Audition Video Submission Form. Please only only submit ONE form. Late videos may not be considered.

Step 5: Notification of acceptance will be sent via email the week of August 30th. Acceptance will include registration forms.


Video Audition Tips



  • Quiet space
  • Music stand/something to put your music on
  • Music
  • Video recording device
  • Instrument


Devices such as laptops, video cameras, tablets or smart phones can be used to record your audition. Most smart phones have excellent video and audio quality and is most likely the simplest way to record your audition! High fidelity audio/video quality is not necessary.


  • Set up your recording device 8-10 feet away for better audio quality. If that’s not possible, place it as far as you can.
  • Be aware of your background and surroundings in your video. Please make sure it’s as tidy and appropriate as possible.
  • If using a smartphone, make sure it is set in LANDSCAPE (horizontal/wide) orientation.
  • Please make sure your entire body is included in the shot if possible. The judges need to be able to see you and your instrument!


Before you record your audition, do a couple of takes to test your audio and make sure your set up is exactly how you want it! Once everything is set, you’re ready to record your audition! Make sure to listen back on your recording before submitting.

All excerpts must be recorded in ONE take! You should only need to submit one video. We recommend recording and submitting your video early in case of any technical difficulties.

Audition FAQs

What instruments are accepted?

Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

Can I audition on two instruments?

No. Students may audition on only one instrument.

How do I know the Academy Program is appropriate for my level?

Students auditioning for CSO/SOE are recommended to have a minimum of two years of playing experience.  However, this is not a requirement.  Download the audition music and consult with your private teacher (if one is available for you) to determine if you are ready to audition. If you or your teacher determines that you are not ready to audition for CSO/SOE, you may inquire about Intermediate String Ensemble (ISE) or Beginning String Ensemble (BSE). No audition is required for these groups, but you must be eight (8) years old before September 1, 2021

When and where are rehearsals held?

Rehearsals are held every Saturday at the Spalding Boys and Girls Club (1704 Waiola St.). See Academy Program Page for more details.

Do I have to take private lessons?

Private lessons are not required, however, we highly recommend you take private lessons to enhance your HYS experience.

Is the audition application fee refundable?

No, the audition application fee is non-refundable.