FSYO auditions are for standard orchestral instruments and are held annually for both new and returning members. There are a limited number of positions available in each ensemble, and an audition does not guarantee placement in FSYO. Acceptance and orchestra placement is a competitive, merit-based process in which auditionees must meet requirements for consideration.
Auditions require that students prepare the specific excerpt listed for the orchestra for which they are auditioning, as well as a one-minute solo of their choice and scales and arpeggios as listed. All auditions are approximately 3–5 minutes long except percussion auditions which are approximately 10 minutes. While it is unlikely, please note that audition judges may ask any candidate to sight read.
If possible, applicants should listen to recordings of the excerpts and ask their teachers for assistance in preparation. Applicants should make sure the tempo is correct and learn about the musical context and technical concepts of the excerpts and aim to demonstrate these in their audition performances.
For all auditions, the audition panel consists of at least two FSYO conductors. The panel ranks each audition by assessing the following:
- intonation, rhythm, dynamics, articulation (staccato & sautillé bowings for strings; legato & tonguing for wind and brass) and tone production
- musical style and attention to directions of the music
- conductor's comments on orchestral skills and attendance record (for ongoing members only)
Excerpts can be downloaded below and students are encouraged to meet with a private instrument teacher to properly prepare their solo and scales.