Auditions for the 2022-2023 Season have concluded. 2023-2024 auditions at Emory University will be announced in Spring, 2023. Full Audition requirements are listed below.

Registration for our 2022-2023 season auditions is now closed. EYSO schedules auditions online through Emory’s eAudition online scheduling platform.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

The 2022-2023 EYSO Season  features comprehensive in-person orchestral activities- including full orchestra rehearsals, concerts, masterclasses, and pre-college seminars.

Auditioning for EYSO comprises both entrance auditions (for admittance to the EYSO program) and string seating auditions.  Entrance auditions take place each August, and string seating auditions take place twice per season: in August, following entrance auditions, and in January, preceding rehearsals for our Winter Concert Cycle.

2022-2023 Audition Requirements & Information 

Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra auditions are taking place live and in-person on Emory University’s campus on August 13 and 14, 2022.

Audition repertoire requirements

  • required scales (for string players only)
  • required orchestral excerpts (string players, please be sure to submit the excerpt for the entrance audition, not the seating audition)
  • sight-reading 
  • solo repertoire of your choice (4-6 minutes)
  • string players – accepted violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists will play an in-person seating audition at Emory on Wednesday, August 17 (the sign up form to schedule an audition will be sent to all accepted string players on Monday, August 15)

The appropriate required orchestral excerpts can be found below and will be provided to each auditionee immediately via email when they register for their audition online. Solo repertoire should be 4-6 minutes of music of the student’s choosing including two contrasting excerpts (technical and lyrical) from standard solo literature. A single solo work with contrasting sections is also an acceptable option. Memorization is not required. See below for required scales.

Required 2022-2023 Audition Excerpts for all auditionees:

Flute & Optional Piccolo | Beethoven Symphony No. 7; Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (Optional Piccolo)
Oboe | Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
Clarinet | Beethoven Symphony No. 6
Bassoon | Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade

Horn | Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
Trumpet | Mahler Symphony No 5
Trombone | Hindemith Mathis der Maler
Bass Trombone | Wagner Ride of the Valkyries
Tuba | Berlioz Damnation of Faust
Percussion | [multiple]
Harp | Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Piano | Copland Appalachian Spring

Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

Major scales for strings are as follows (no arpeggios, please):

Violin: G and C major scales, 3 octave, separate bow
Viola: C and F major scales, 3 octave, separate bow
Cello: C and Eb major scales, 3 octave, separate bow
Bass: G and Bb major scales, 2 octave, separate bow


In choosing your solo works, please prepare material on two out of three of: snare drum, timpani, mallets. In May, 2022, audition details and requirements will be announced (required excerpt above).  Should you have any questions, please contact EYSO:

Auditionees are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, musicianship, expressiveness, and reading ability.

Students will receive information on how to pay the audition registration fee when they register.  

Questions regarding auditions should be directed to Samantha Frischling, Orchestra Manager: