Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2019 through Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the UW-Madison Humanities building.  Excerpts were posted April 1, 2019. Please call our office at (608) 263-3320 with any questions.

Join a Tradition of Excellence

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras has held a vibrant reputation of excellence throughout its 50-plus 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!

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. Excerpts were posted April 1, 2019. 

Solo     Scales    Excerpts     Sight Reading

Audition for WYSO

Prospective members and current WYSO members who plan to audition for another orchestra should click the “Audition for WYSO” button below. Current members who audition should not also reserve their seat. Online audition registration closes April 22, 2019.

Audition for WYSO

Current WYSO members who wish to remain in their current orchestra only (not audition for a different orchestra,) should reserve their seat by clicking the “Reserve your seat in WYSO” button below. Seat reservations are due by April 22, 2019.

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