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Audition FAQs

What should I bring to the audition?

Bring your instrument and music, and a parent or guardian in case you need to sign any forms or pay your audition fee. If you will need to attend your audition without a parent or guardian, please contact us ahead of time to make sure other arrangements for getting your forms signed.

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

Don’t worry! The auditioners 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?

Most students who audition in the fall are offered a place in one of the six BYSO orchestras or three instrumental ensembles. You will be placed in the group that best matches your ability.

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!

Does it cost anything?

The audition fee is non-refundable. After you are accepted into a BYSO ensemble, you will get an invoice for tuition. Tuition allows you to participate in all rehearsals, retreats, and concerts. Concert tickets, video recordings, and ensemble photos are extra costs.

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