FAQ and CONTACT FOR THE ASYO



How do I audition for the ASYO?
The ASYO holds new member auditions each fall and spring, and there is a non-refundable audition fee of $25. Please visit the audition page for dates and audition requirements.


When and where are rehearsals?
ASYO rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-5:30, September through May, in the band room of Mountain Brook Junior High School.



Is there a fee to participate?
Members pay an annual tuition fee of $400, and a $50 Parent Organization fee that goes to help provide lunches, snacks, t-shirts, etc. Financial aid and scholarships are available to those in need.



Who is eligible to participate in the ASYO?
To be eligible for ASYO all students must be between 12-22 years old and have not yet completed their undergraduate degree. ASYO students must have a private instructor and take regular lessons at the time of their ASYO membership.



Don't have a private instructor?
No worries! We can help you find a good match. Please contact the ASO education staff.



How often does the ASYO perform?
The ASYO gives two full orchestra concerts in the fall and spring at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. In addition, holiday pops concerts, and other special performances are a regular part of the season.



Is the ASYO part of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra?
The ASYO is the official youth orchestra of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and is under the artistic and administrative leadership of the ASO. ASYO members work regularly in sections with ASO musicians and receive free or discounted admission to all ASO concerts and events.



Will ASYO conflict with my school band?
The ASYO strongly encourages students to participate in their school music programs, and will work with area Music Educators to avoid rehearsal and performance conflicts.



Do I have to audition each year if I am accepted?
Returning members do not have to re-audition to maintain their membership in the ASYO, but are required to participate in seating auditions in the Fall.



Still have questions?

ASYO Manager: Erin Dawkins
205.314.6955 or via email.



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