Auditions for the 2021-2022 Season are scheduled for August 14th and 15th, 2021. Online registration for 2021-2022 auditions is not yet open; online registration will commence in June, 2021.

Further details about the 2021-2022 EYSO Season (including audition requirements, an expansion of in-person orchestral activities, concert dates, guest artists, and repertoire) will be announced in late Spring, 2021.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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.

2020 Audition Information below:
*Audition Week Update* We are so excited to receive your videos this week and hope the following guidelines will help you to prepare your recorded audition. Remember to send your recordings to this email address by 11:59 pm on your originally scheduled audition day (either August 15 or 16).
  • Please state your name, grade level, and name of your school at the beginning of your video.
  • Please introduce the name and composer of your solo(s).
  • Dress for your video audition as you would dress for an in-person audition.
  • Check your camera angle and audio quality before submitting your audition.
  • Make sure we can see your face, your instrument, and posture/set-up in your video.
  • Record in an area of your home with minimal distractions.
  • No editing, added reverb, or special video effects.
  • You may make as many takes as you’d like, but please submit one complete unedited take.
  • Clarification: Please submit all of your audition requirements in one, unedited video. You may make as many takes as you like and select the best one. Percussionists may submit multiple videos for their requirements.
  • Check to make sure you’ve included all the requirements for your audition before submitting your video. Late submission of forgotten components will not be accepted.
Remember to submit your Audition Information Form if you have not already done so. This is different from the registration form you filled out to receive an audition date.

Virtual Audition Details

  • All auditions will be administered online via live, unedited video recording (smartphone recordings are acceptable).
  • Please record your audition in one continuous, unedited “take”. No spliced auditions will be accepted.
  • All auditionees must sign up for their audition via our online eAudition system. Auditionees may choose any available day or time they like.
  • Emailed Audition videos or links must be received by midnight on the day of the student’s chosen audition day. Late videos will not be reviewed.
  • Auditions may be emailed via original file or video link. Google Drive, YouTube, and Dropbox are all acceptable; be sure to set permissions to “public”.
  • No sightreading will be required this year. All other audition requirements remain unchanged.
  • Scale are required for strings only. No scales are required for winds, brass, percussion, piano and harp.
  • Percussionists may audition on one instrument only, in the event that they only have access to one instrument.
  • Recorded auditions should be sent to
  • Following the audition period, EYSO will announce results via email and our website,

Audition repertoire consists of:

  • required scales (for string players only)
  • a required orchestral excerpt
  • solo repertoire of your choice

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 2020-2021 Audition Excerpts:

Flute Oboe Clarinet Bassoon

Horn Trumpet Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone Tuba Percussion

Violin Viola Cello Bass



Major scales for strings are as follows:

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. Basic rudiments (snare), major scales (mallets), and timpani tuning (A-D) may be requested. *For virtual auditions, you may audition on one of these instruments. If you do not have access to any instruments, please contact EYSO:

Students 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 Jessica Stinson, Orchestra Manager –