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18-19 Auditions Archive


2018-2019 Audition Information

Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 season! Recognized as one of the leading orchestral training programs in the nation, AYPO provides competitive world-class training and performance opportunities for musicians up to 21 years of age. With a nationally recognized artistic staff, a dedicated professional staff, and a host of volunteers, AYPO annually selects and trains more than 400 of the area’s most talented young musicians. 

All of our orchestras offer opportunities to perform demanding repertoire, audition for solos, and play in an ensemble with other superb musicians. If you are new to AYPO, be sure to visit our ensembles page to learn more about each orchestra and decide which one might be the best fit for you. AYPO's intention is to place students in the most advanced and appropriate orchestra for their musical growth. All applicants may be invited to join any orchestra up to the orchestra for which they audition.

Audition Schedule

Weekend 1 (June 8-10, 2018)

  • Strings auditioning for AYDO, AYSE and AYCO (new and returning musicians)
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Orchestral Harp*
  • Harp Ensemble*

Weekend 2 (June 15-17, 2018)

  • Strings auditioning for AYSO and AYP (new and returning musicians)
  • Piano**

All auditions will take place at George Mason University. Specific audition times will be emailed to applicants approximately two weeks prior to the audition. In the event of a specific, unavoidable conflict with the audition schedule, contact the AYPO office; permission may be granted on a case by case basis to submit an audition by video recording.

Approved video auditions should be submitted by June 7th, 2018 following these guidelines.

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How To Apply

  1. Submit an application and non-refundable $45 application fee by May 22nd, 2018.
  2. Submit a School Music Participation Form by May 15th, 2018 to be considered for an audition.
  3. Prepare the audition requirements for your instrument and level. All musicians will prepare:
    • Solo of your choice. Prepare a selection lasting no more than 3 minutes. Bring two copies of your music, one for you and one for the judges, with the prepared measures marked. Judges may cut your solo short.
      • Woodwinds: selection from a fast movement of a standard concerto or solo for your instrument (no more than 3 minutes)
      • Brass: from any movement of a standard concerto, solo, or etude for your instrument (no more than 3 minutes)
      • Strings/Harp: from any movement of a standard concerto or solo for your instrument (no more than 3 minutes)
      • Piano: from any movement of a standard concerto or solo for your instrument (no more than 5 minutes)
    • Orchestral excerpts listed for your instrument and audition level.
      • Woodwinds and Brass wishing only to be considered for placement in the Concert Orchestra (AYCO), may prepare major scales and a chromatic scale, 2 octaves, in lieu of the excerpts above. This is in addition to your solo. (Brass scales, Woodwind scales)
    • All musicians should be prepared for sight reading at the judges' discretion.
  4. If applicable, submit Financial Aid applications by May 15th, 2018.


*Harp Ensemble & Symphonic Harpists – Harpists accepted to AYPO will be considered “symphonic harpists” and may be asked to play with multiple orchestras over the course of the season as schedules and the repertoire of the season demand. In addition, AYPO is proud to offer the opportunity to participate in our Harp Ensemble. All Symphonic Harpists will participate in the harp ensemble. Those harpists who are not yet ready to apply as a symphonic harpist may audition for the Harp Ensemble without participating in the orchestras (application can be found here).


**Symphonic Pianists – Pianists will be accepted into the program as members of AYPO as a whole rather than as members of a specific orchestra. These musicians may be asked to play with multiple orchestras over the course of the season as schedules and the repertoire of the season demand. In addition, these musicians may be asked to play in Chamber Ensemble Program and, if accepted, could be required to participate at no additional charge.

additional opportunities

Chamber Ensemble Program – Musicians accepted into AYSO or AYP will be eligible for the Chamber Ensemble Program. This is a very selective program for highly committed musicians. Those who are interested should indicate it on the application and submit a video, via a YouTube link, of a 3-5 minute performance showing their technique and musicality by June 17th, 2018 to Tuition for the Chamber Ensemble Program will be $275 for the 2018-2019 season.

Music Buddies Mentorship Program – Stay tuned this summer for information about becoming a Music Buddies Mentor! Learn more about the program.

Summer String Academy – Get a jump start on your AYDO or AYSE experience this July and have some fun with technique classes, lessons, theory, and more! Learn more and apply.

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