Audition FAQs

Where can I find the registration?

The link to the registration form will be posted on our website during the registration window, which is from November 1 through November 22. Questions can be sent to auditions@byso.org.

Where is the audition being held?

This year’s Winter Auditions on December 5th will be held at Overlake Christian Church (9900 Willows Rd, Redmond, WA 98052). Auditionees will enter via the map below:

Is there an audition fee?

Yes, it is $40 and payable when you register.

My audition is more than 5 minutes, what should I do?

Do your best to make it as close as possible to 5 minutes. We understand that including all the excerpts and a contrasting solo can bring the audition over 5 minutes. If you are over 5 minutes, go ahead and come to your audition.

What should I wear?

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

When will we know the results of the auditions?

Audition results will be communicated via email a few weeks after the audition. Make sure to check your junk and spam folders.

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. Mid-season placements depend on BYSO’s instrument needs.

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!

At BYSO, students do not audition for specific orchestras. Placement is based solely on the musician’s ability, not age or grade.

A student’s ensemble placement is final. Students are only permitted to audition for BYSO once a season.

Can I be put in a less advanced group?

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

What is the age minimum for BYSO?

BYSO typically accepts qualified 6-year-olds. Ask your private teacher if online music classes would be a good choice for your young student.

How long are rehearsals?

Rehearsals follow this approximate schedule:

  • Cadet – 60 minutes
  • Debut – 75 minutes
  • Premiere – 120 minutes
  • Sinfonia – 120 minutes
  • Philharmonia – 135 minutes
  • Youth – 150 minutes
  • Flute Choir – 120 minutes
  • Flute Orchestra – 120 minutes
  • Percussion Ensemble – 120 minutes

How many rehearsals are there?

There are 7-8 rehearsals per quarter, which are held on Monday evenings and one Saturday retreat for each ensemble during Fall and Winter Quarters.

How do we get music?

Music will be emailed to you as a PDF, you are expected to print music or have it available for viewing.

How much is the tuition?

Tuition is based off of quarters this season. Take a look at our tuition chart.

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