Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra Auditions

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2021-2022 Youth Orchestra Auditions

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Audition for the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) and the Music Opportunity Program’s Alabama Youth Symphony! Each year, we partner with the Music Opportunity Program’s Alabama Youth Symphony (AYS) for auditions. Directors from both programs hear each audition and place the applicants in the ensemble that is the best fit.

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Live, virtual auditions will be held on Saturday, May 15 from 9am CST to 5pm CST via AuditionRoom. 


Auditions are open to students ages 12-22 who play one of the following instruments: 
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Harp, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion

*Please note that while we wish we had a spot for everyone, auditioning does not guarantee a spot in either ensemble. 

Audition Timeline
• Thursday, April 1, 2021: Application open
• Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:59pm CST: Application deadline
• Saturday, May 15, 2021: Audition day! 
• Early June: Notifications sent 

Audition Requirements

  • Strings
    • 2 contrasting solo pieces or etudes. One of your selections can be a standard orchestral excerpt for your instrument. 
    • 2 major scales of your choice. 2 octaves required; 3 octaves preferred. One of the scales must contain at least one flat in the key signature. 
  • Winds
    • 2 contrasting solo pieces or etudes. One of your selections can be a standard orchestral excerpt for your instrument. 
    • 2 major scales in two octaves. 1 melodic minor scale in two octaves. Chromatic scale demonstrating your full range. 
  • Percussion
    • 1 solo piece or etude each on snare and mallet instrument. One of your selections can be a standard orchestral excerpt for your instrument.*
    • 2 major scales in 2 octaves that demonstrate your full range on your instrument
    • *If you do not have access to the required percussion instruments due to COVID-19, please email Maria Wilson at mwilson@alabamasymphony.org and we will help you find a solution.
  • Harp
    • 2 contrasting solo pieces

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Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra

The official youth orchestra of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra is made up of 68 students ages 12-22 representing 8 Alabama counties and 23 schools. Members of the ASYO work regularly in sectionals with the ASO’s full-time professional musicians and perform on stage with them at the annual Side by Side concert. 

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Alabama Youth Symphony 

Under the umbrella of the Music Opportunity Program, the Alabama Youth Symphony provides student instrumentalists with training and experience playing in a full symphony orchestra.  Members of the AYS are encouraged to audition for the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra when appropriate. 


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