Symphony Program Auditions

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Season

Still accepting Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba!

Symphony Program

HYS is excited to announce Symphony Program Auditions for the 2021-2022 season.  We are very optimistic about in-person activities in the fall, however, details are still fluid and subject to change. Students must audition to be considered for the 2021-2022 season fall semester.

Auditioning students will be considered for the Symphony Program as a whole, as the pandemic has caused uncertainty if we can form our normal Concert Orchestra, Youth Symphony II and Youth Symphony I ensembles. Groups will be of mixed ensembles (strings, winds, brass and percussion) and will be formed appropriate to current safety conditions and facility availability. Students will be considered based on their age, audition and space availability.

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

Age Eligibility

The Symphony Program accepts students through grade 12 only. To ensure fairness, we do not make exceptions to age eligibility.

Minimum age requirement:
10 year old by 12/31/2020 and in grade 6 in the 2021-2022 school year.

Audition Application Steps:

Thank you to everyone who applied. Results will be emailed in mid/late July. 
We have re-opened the audition application and are still accepting the following instruments: Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba.  Please apply and submit your video by June 21st! 

Step 1: Download your excerpts and start practicing!

Step 2: Fill out audition application and pay application fee by the EXTENDED deadline: Monday, June 21st

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

Step 4: Submit video of your excerpts by Monday, June 21st using the Audition Video Submission Form. Late videos may not be considered.

Step 5: Notification of acceptance via email in mid July.


Please prepare both excerpts to the best of your ability. There are 2 excerpts for each instrument (with the exception of percussion).  For measures of REST longer than 2 measures, please skip ahead. Both excerpts must be recorded in ONE take, without the metronome, and unedited.

Please note that the tempo suggestions are just that: suggestions. These excerpts have been designed for both intermediate and advanced students. We would like to hear you present these excerpts as best as you can  in order for the audition committee to make an assessment of your playing.

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.

Both excerpts must be recorded in ONE take! You should only need to submit one video.

Audition FAQs

What instruments are accepted?

violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.

At this time, we will not be accepting harp due to the anticipated ensemble sizes with social distancing.  If interested in potential opportunities in the future, please email

Can I audition on two instruments?

No. Students may audition on only one instrument.

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

In a normal year, the Symphony program consist of 3 groups (CO, YSII, YSI). The following short descriptions explain the general level of the Symphony Program ensembles.

Youth Symphony I: students have 4 to 6 years of experience

Youth Symphony II: students have 3 to 5 years of experience

Concert Orchestra: students have 2 to 4 years of experience

You can also download the audition music and consult with a music teacher if one is available to you.

When and where are rehearsals held?

Rehearsals are held every Sunday from August through May. Due to the pandemic  the location of rehearsals are still TBD.

Do I have to take private lessons?

We highly recommend you take private lessons to enhance your HYS experience.

Do I need to audition if I was in YSI in the 19-20 season?

Yes, everyone needs to audition for the 2021-2022 season.