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Audition Information

An update on the 21/22 Youth Orchestra season

Thank you for your interest in auditioning to Youth Orchestra Program. Please keep in mind that all candidates 12 years and older need to be fully vaccinated. The in-person auditions will (with Covid-19 safety protocols) will take place at Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in the first half of January. Spots are limited.

For the winter and spring 2022 the auditions are offered for Youth Strings, Youth Sinfonia and Youth Orchestra STRING players only. All candidates are required to be able to tune their instruments without any assistance.

The auditions requirements:

  • one scale (Youth Strings and Youth Sinfonia) or two scales (YO STRINGS)
  • a solo piece of their choosing, best demonstrating their skills and abilities. The time limit of the solo piece is set at 2 minutes for Youth Strings and Youth Sinfonia candidates and 3 minutes for Youth Orchestra string players. The piece can be part of a larger work and no accompanist is required.

Audition Application

  • Applicant Information

    To register for an audition please complete the application below.
  • New to YOP or Returning
  • DD slash MM slash YYYY
  • Applicant Contact Information

  • Parent/Guardian Contact Information

  • Parent/Guardian Name
  • Music Education

  • Do You Have A Private (Instrument) teacher?
  • Have You Attended any Music School or Passed Any Music Exams?
  • Do You Have Previous Orchestral Experience?
  • If a university student, please specify your program
  • Youth Orchestra Candidates String Players ONLY

  • Auditioning for Section Leader?
  • Auditioning for Concertmaster (YO Violin only)?
  • Youth Orchestra Violinists ONLY

  • Do you also play VIOLA?
  • If YES, are you willing to play viola in YO occasionally if needed?

For more information about the Youth Orchestra Program, please contact Barb Kaplanek at

  • Auditions

    Auditions are offered to candidates 6-22 years old to 4 different orchestras in progressive order. The younger division with entry group, junior and intermediate orchestras consist of all string instruments (violin, viola, cello and bass). YO, the senior group, accepts students studying instruments featured in symphony orchestra: all strings, woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon), brass (French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), percussion (no drum set) and harp. No auditions are offered for piano students. Main auditions are scheduled in late spring of each year, additional opportunity is offered in early September, before the start of the season. Based on availability of seats in orchestras, auditions might be offered throughout the season. Contact the manager for details. If you play viola, double bass, oboe, bassoon or French horn – you can audition any time!

  • Audition Results

    All YOP candidates will be notified via email about their audition results, typically within 24-48 hours.