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 as listed.
The FSYO has set age guidelines for each orchestra. The majority of FSYO students fit into the following age groups, though upon request, exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Board, in consultation with the conductor(s):
Overture Strings: Students ages 7 to 14
Prelude Orchestra: Students ages 9 to 15
Philharmonia Orchestra: Students ages 11 to 18
Symphonic Orchestra: Students ages 13 to 20