November 16, 2018
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Auditions for Advancement/Promotion

AYO auditions for advancement will be held only once per year at the end of the AYO season during the month of May. AYO does not hold advancement auditions immediately prior to the AYO season (August) or during mid-season (December/January). 

The Austin Youth Orchestra provides a ten-year program (grades 3 - 12) for the development and enrichment of instrumental music students in the Austin Metropolitan area. The seven separate orchestras provide developmental and accomplishment benchmarks that ensure success as the students move through the different levels of instruction and performances.

It is not unusual for a student to spend more than one year in any level orchestra, allowing ensemble and technical skills to develop.

Concertante Orchestra                                    Grade 3 and up                                String Orchestra
Intermezzo Orchestra                                      Grade 3 and up                                String Orchestra
Camerata Orchestra                                       Grade 3 and up                               String Orchestra

Prelude Orchestra                                            6th-7th  Grade beginners only        String Orchestra
Sinfonietta Orchestra                                       Grade 6 and up                                String Orchestra
Philharmonic Orchestra                                    Grade 6 and up                                String/Full Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra                                        Grade 9 and up                                String/Full Orchestra 

Audition Requirements 

There is a $5.00 audition fee for current AYO members wishing to advance. Any AYO string member may audition for advancement for the ensuing AYO season if the student meets the grade level and technique requirements for the orchestra.   

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. 
  • 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 $5.00 audition fee for advancing 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