Audition FAQs

What if I am nervous for the audition and make mistakes?

Don’t worry! The judges will be able to determine your ability level even if you make a few mistakes. They are experienced teachers and conductors, and they’re also musicians who know what it’s like to feel nervous at auditions.

What are my chances of getting accepted?

Traditionally, most students who audition in the fall are offered a place in one of the six BYSO orchestras or three instrumental ensembles. For Fall 2020, placements will be the first step in organizing smaller groups.

What if I don’t get placed in the ensemble I wanted?

Ensemble playing is about much more than how hard the music is, so your placement is based on many factors. No matter which ensemble you are in, you will improve as a musician much faster in BYSO!

What does it cost?

There is an audition fee, which is non-refundable. After you are accepted into a BYSO ensemble, you will get an invoice for tuition. Financial aid for tuition is available for those with need.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that is clean and respectful — business casual would be the term for adults. You don’t need to dress up as if you are soloing at a concert, although dressing up is fine too!

Can I be put in a less advanced group?

Returning students may be placed in their prior ensemble or a more advanced one.

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