Seating Arrangements

The conductor determines the seating and rotation within the various sections of each orchestra. Competition for individual chairs is not a part of the WYSO program.

  • Seating is not based on the ranking of performers; rather parts are rotated from piece to piece (most frequently in winds and percussion), and from concert to concert. Every member of the orchestra plays an important role.
  • Violin Section Auditions for the Youth, Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras are held shortly after the initial entrance audition to determine placement in the first or second violin sections. The section division is only partially based on the ranking; strong players are needed in both sections to cover ALL parts.
  • Playing Check-Ins are a great way for conductors to hear individual players, get a sense of growth, and choose a good stand partners that complement each other’s strengths.

Click on a link below for specific orchestra seating explanations:

Youth Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Concert Orchestra
Sinfonietta
Opus One

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