Audition for the ASYO 2014-15 Season.


To audition for the 14-15 season, you must be at least 12 years old by September 1, 2014, and no older than 22 years old by June 1, 2015.

Audition registration deadline date is Monday, August 25, 2014.

Auditions held Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Birmingham-Southern College in the Phillips Building, 900 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL 35254. Directions at

If you are unable to make the scheduled audition dates please contact Alison Bolton and we will work with you to schedule an alternative audition date.

Read the instructions below. If you have any questions, email Alison Bolton.

1.) Download the ASYO 2014-2015 application form.

2.) Return the form with a check for the non-refundable audition fee of $20, payable to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to:
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
3621 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35222

3.) When we receive your application, the ASO will call you to schedule your audition.

4.) Prepare for your audition. This includes three parts:

A: Scales: String players should play three octave scales. Winds and brass should be one-to-two octaves, as appropriate for their instrument. Piano players should play three octave scales, hands together.

B: Solo Piece: All candidates must prepare a movement from a concerto or comparable solo piece/etude of the candidate's choice. Percussionists should choose a piece written for marimba. This selection should accurately represent overall musicianship including technical facility and lyricism. No accompanists are necessary.

C: Orchestra Excerpts: Candidates must prepare each orchestral excerpt for their instrument(s), found in the PDF links below. To request a hard copy of the music sent to you, please email Alison Bolton. Listening to recordings is recommended.


Violin Excerpt

Viola Excerpt

Bass Excerpt


Percussion Excerpt
Ability to play three excerpts, one marimba solo, and one snare drum etude.
Percussionists may also be asked to demonstrate specific techniques such as cymbal crashes,
a quiet roll on the snare drum, tambourine and triangle rolls, and other standard techniques.