Membership in AYO is open to all interested orchestra students from throughout the central Texas area – public school, private school, charter school, and homeschool – and will be determined by the audition process. Students from schools with orchestra programs must be a member in their school orchestra.
String auditions for Austin Youth Orchestra (AYO) program for the 2018-2019 season will be held as follows:
May 14, 2018, and August 20, 2018
Stephen F. Austin High School, Fine Arts Wing
Winds and percussion for the Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra spring semester are selected/invited for AYO membership (not auditioned by AYO) based on the results of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region Orchestra auditions.
1715 West Cesar Chavez Street
6:30 PM: Auditions Begin
Visit the audition requirements section to learn what orchestra is best for you
Create an account prior to the audition
Log in and go to the calendar to sign up for an audition time
There is a $10.00 audition fee for prospective members
Go to the Store tab and pay for the audition fee online
On audition day, please check in at the table outside the Austin High Orchestra Room, 15 minutes before your appointment
If accepted in the AYO program, there is a $135.00 per semester tuition fee for each participating member. Members will receive comprehensive and intensive orchestral experience, including regular performances and exposure to literature of the highest quality. Membership in AYO is contingent on receipt of the tuition fee.
Rehearsals for the seven orchestras are held weekly on Monday evenings at the locations/times indicated below:
Prelude Orchestra – Austin High School, 7:00-8:00 PM (spring semester only)
Concertante Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM (full-year)
Intermezzo Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM
Camerata Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM
Sinfonietta Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 7:15-8:30 PM
Philharmonic Orchestra – Austin High School, 7:00-9:00 PM
Symphony Orchestra – Austin High School, 7:00-9:00 PM
For additional information, contact the AYO administrative staff: