Am I eligible to audition?
The FSYO accepts students based on talent, maturity and commitment. FSYO students are between the ages of 7 and 20 and are serious about committing to the study of classical music through weekly rehearsal and pre-professional concert experiences. Though the FSYO Board of Directors and the FSYO Artistic Director do make exceptions, the majority of FSYO students are between the ages of 7 and 20, participate in a school music program, where available, and work with a private teacher.
How do I choose for which orchestra to audition?
The FSYO has set age guidelines for each orchestra. If you are at an age group that is shared by multiple orchestras, we suggest downloading the music selections for each orchestra you’re applicable for, and taking those music selections to a private instructor for guidance. 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
Can I observe an FSYO rehearsal?
Yes, you’re welcome to observe rehearsal for your intended orchestra. If you’re interested in attending, please indicate so on your application and you will be contacted by the FSYO office with more details. This is the only available open rehearsal.
What does it cost to be in FSYO?
FSYO has a strong commitment to the community and will never refuse a student the opportunity to participate because of an inability to pay the membership fees. Please contact the office for scholarship and payment plan opportunities. In addition to annual fees, students are also required to purchase uniforms.
2015-2016 membership fees:
Overture Strings: $345
Prelude Orchestra: $485
Philharmonia Orchestra: $535
Symphonic Orchestra and Percussion Students: $585
Is FSYO a big time commitment?
Membership in the FSYO is membership on a highly successful team. As each student plays a unique role in his instrument section, each individual’s contribution must be top notch for the team to function properly. Students are required to attend each rehearsal and concert, and are expected to come to weekly rehearsals prepared to perform. In addition to weekly FSYO rehearsals, students should meet weekly with a private instrument instructor. FSYO students are successful when their family is supportive of their students and encouraging of daily practice.
When are the auditions held?
Where are the auditions held?
All auditions for the 2016-2017 season will be held at the FSYO office. Address: 1011 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803 (TBD).
What are the audition requirements?
All students auditioning will need to prepare the specific excerpt for the orchestra for which they are auditioning, as well as a one-minute solo of their choice and required scales, as listed.
What is the audition music?
There is different audition music for each instrument in each orchestra. Please decide which orchestra you’d like to audition for, and then download the appropriate music for your instrument, within your chosen orchestra.If you are at an age group that is shared by multiple orchestras, we suggest downloading the music selections for each orchestra you’re applicable for, and taking those music selections to a private instructor for guidance.
Is there an audition fee?
Yes. FSYO requires a non-refundable audition fee of $35.00 each time you audition, which must accompany the application.
Are there warm-up rooms once I arrive at the audition site?
Yes. There is one communal warm-up room.
When should I arrive for my audition?
Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your audition time. Look out for any possible traffic or weather delays.
Should I memorize the music for the audition?
If you would like to memorize your solos, you are more than welcome to do so. Memorization is not required.
How long is the audition?
An average audition is 6 minutes long, though younger players may audition for a shorter time at the discretion of the audition panel. During your audition, you may be stopped by the panel and asked to go to another solo or excerpt. This is common and does not reflect upon your performance.
What should I wear for the audition?
Wear nice clothes which are comfortable to perform in, and keep in mind that this is the first impression you will make on those who will evaluate you. It is also a good idea to practice in the clothes you are planning to wear for your audition at least one time.
Is parking available for auditions?
Yes, you may park in the parking lot of the FSYO office. Parking is free.
When will I find out if I have been accepted?
All auditioning students will receive correspondence, regardless of outcome. 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.