Auditions

Become part of our tradition of excellence

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras has held a vibrant reputation of excellence throughout its 50 years of existence. Marvin Rabin instilled strong values of integrity through education and performance, which remain alive today. We’re proud to share this opportunity with the youth of Wisconsin and anticipate your application!

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The deadline to register for an audition has passed. Auditions may still be considered on a case by case basis. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Joe Bernstein. 

Making the Decision to Audition

The WYSO commitment includes attending Saturday morning rehearsals throughout the school year, performing in several concerts, and possibly missing one or two days of school for in-state school tours. Youth Orchestra members make an even larger commitment due to more concert dates and touring. Discuss the WYSO commitment with your family and how it will impact your school work, family time, friends and other extracurricular activities.

Eligibility requirements and string proficiency levels have been developed in order to ensure the highest quality musical, educational and social setting for all members. Please refer to these guidelines when determining which orchestra most suits your abilities.

Note: WYSO will place you in an orchestra best suited to your ability level. This may not be the orchestra for which you audition.

Eligibility and Proficiency     FAQ's

Audition Preparation

Please click on each button to learn more about what you can expect during the audition and what to prepare.
Solo     Scales     Excerpts     Sight Reading


Audition Schedule:

Registration available: January 20, 2017
Registration deadline: March 11, 2017

Auditions:

Violin Youth Orchestra: April 9 & April 18, 2017
Viola Youth Orchestra: April 23 & May 2, 2017
Cello Youth Orchestra: April 23 & May 2, 2017
Bass Youth Orchestra: April 9, 2017

Violin Philharmonia Orchestra: April 23 & May 4, 2017
Viola Philharmonia Orchestra: May 7 & 9, 2017
Cello Philharmonia Orchestra: May 7 & 9, 2017
Bass Philharmonia Orchestra: April 9, 2017

Violin Concert Orchestra: May 7 & 11, 2017
Viola Concert Orchestra: May 7 & 10, 2017
Cello Concert Orchestra: May 7 & 10, 2017
Bass Concert Orchestra: April 9, 2017

Violin Sinfonietta: May 13 & 18, 2017
Viola Sinfonietta: May 16 & 18, 2017
Cello Sinfonietta: May 16 & 18, 2017
Bass Sinfonietta: April 9, 2017

Violin Opus One: May 13 & 18, 2017
Viola Opus One: May 16 & 18, 2017
Cello Opus One: May 16 & 18, 2017
Bass Opus One: April 9, 2017

All Woodwinds: May 11, 16, & 17, 2017

All Brass: May 16 & 17, 2017

All Percussion: May 7 & 13, 2017

All Harp: May 13, 2017

 

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