2017-2018 Audition Dates
August 18th-20th

Students should prepare 4-6 minutes of music consisting of two contrasting excerpts (technical and lyrical) of their own choosing; please note that we do not require set excerpts. A single work with contrasting sections is also an acceptable option. Selected major scales will be asked and a basic sight-reading excerpt will be provided. Students are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, musicianship, expressiveness, and reading ability. Percussionists should prepare two out of three of: snare drum, timpani, mallets. Basic rudiments (snare) and major scales (mallets) may be requested.

Auditions are held at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on the Emory University Campus. Students should arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their audition time to check in and be escorted to a warm-up room. Auditions last approximately 8 minutes. Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck next to the Schwartz Center. Students complete all application paperwork at their audition so there is no need to submit anything in advance; please note that there is a $25 administrative fee; checks must be made payable to “Emory University”.

AUDITIONS RESULTS will be released 

MONDAY AUGUST 21st (by 2:00pm) 
Accepted students will have until
12:00pm Tuesday, August 22rd to decide on their membership.

Results will posted on the MEMBERS page of the website.

Please email Dr. Prior by the deadline once results are posted ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT intending to accept your place ([email protected])

Any student who defaults on their commitment will be ineligible to re-audition until Fall 2019.

The first all-string rehearsal is Wednesday, August 30th; full attendance is mandatory.

The non-refundable tuition fee for 2017-2018 is $600 for the year and due at the first rehearsal. Because of generous ongoing support from Emory University this is an all-inclusive fee for the season; there are no additional fees for folders, music, t-shirt, parents’ association etc. Full and partial tuition scholarships are available. Consideration for scholarships is based on the needs of both the student and the program. Please email Dr. Prior directly for more information. 

Wind and percussion musicians will mail their tuition checks ahead of the first full orchestra rehearsal.

Checks must be made payable to Emory University (not EYSO).

Musicians can schedule auditions using the eAudition system via the following link:

IMPORTANT: If the online audition schedule is full, please contact Martha Shockey directly at [email protected] requesting your preferred day and approximate time. 

Note: Wind and percussion musicians are only required for 8 weeks before the November and May performances and 5 weeks before the February performance. This allows for a more practical schedule, in particular for the many students participating in other regional ensembles such as the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

For general questions, Martha Shockey can be reached at [email protected]