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Audition FAQ

When are auditions?

Auditions are held on 2 consecutive weekends at George Mason University.

May 30-June 2, 2019 and June 6-9, 2019

When will I receive my audition time?

We will email you your audition date/time approximately two weeks prior to your audition weekend. In the event of a specific, unavoidable conflict with the audition schedule, contact; permission may be granted on a case by case basis to submit an audition by video recording.

Which orchestra should i audition for?

Learn more about our programs and ensembles here, and decide which orchestra 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.

Debut Orchestra (AYDO) typically includes students grades 2nd-7th, averaging grade 5.

String Ensemble (AYSE) typically includes students grades 5th-8th, averaging grade 7.

Concert Orchestra (AYCO) typically includes students grades 7th-10th, averaging grade 9.

Symphonic Orchestra (AYSO) typically includes students grades 8th-12th, averaging grade 10.

Philharmonic (AYP) typically includes students grades 9th-12th, averaging grade 11.

There are no strict age restrictions, though these averages are fairly consistent.

Can I audition on two instruments?

Yes, but you will only be offered membership for one instrument, if qualified. The judges will place you according to your audition performance, as well as the needs of each orchestra. If you are applying on two instruments, you will need to fill out two different applications and pay two application fees.

When should I arrive for my audition?

Arrive 30 minutes prior to your assigned audition time. This will allow you enough time to unpack, warm-up, and be ready for your audition.

Are there warm-up rooms?

Yes. Upon your arrival, you will be directed to a warm-up room. Warm up spaces are limited.

Should I memorize my music?

Memorization of music is not required.

Do I need an accompanist?

No, you do not need an accompanist. Auditions should be performed unaccompanied.

How long is the audition?

Your audition will last approximately 5 minutes.

What should I wear?

We encourage all applicants to dress professionally, as you will be auditioning in front of conductors and artistic staff.

When will i find out if i have been accepted?

You will be notified via email within 2 weeks following your audition.



How much is tuition?

Tuition: AYPO tuition for the 2019-2020 season is as follows:

AYP: $1,200
AYSO: $1,175
AYCO: $1,125
AYSE: $975
AYDO: $775

AYPO Symphonic Harpists: $1,000
AYPO Harp Ensemble: $775
AYPO Flute Ensemble: $775 ($425 half season)
AYPO Clarinet Ensemble: $425
AYPO Pianists: $750

Chamber Ensemble Program: $275

* Tuition includes a welcome package of a t-shirt and two tickets to every regular concert during the season.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, merit-based and need-based financial aid is available for all students. Applications for financial aid will be provided to students upon acceptance in AYPO. Please submit your application by May 1st.

When and where are rehearsals held?

Stay tuned for detailed information on rehearsal and concert schedules and locations for the season. Rehearsals for all ensembles are held on Monday nights from September through May and in past saesons at Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA) and Kilmer Middle School (8100 Wolftrap Rd, Vienna, VA)

AYP: 7:00-9:30PM (Marshall High School)
AYSO: 7:00-9:00PM (Kilmer Middle School)
AYCO: 7:00-9:00PM (Kilmer Middle School)
AYSE: 7:00-9:00PM (Marshall High School)
AYDO: 5:00-6:30PM (Marshall High School)
Harp Ensemble: 6:30-8:00PM (Kilmer Middle School)

What are the requirements for membership?

All American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras' members are expected to take an active part in their school music programs.

Participation in school music programs is strongly supported by AYPO, strengthening and enhancing the students in their development within the school community and in their progress through the AYPO ensembles.

Before a student can be accepted into an AYPO ensemble, they are required to obtain the signed approval of their school music teacher for participation in AYPO. Musicians that are homeschooled or attend a school that does not have a music program should indicate this on the attached form.

Musicians with extraordinary circumstances that prevent participation in their school music program are required to explain these in writing to AYPO. Following receipt of a letter, AYPO staff will in all instances engage with the school music staff in order to reach a fair and mutually agreed outcome. Misrepresentation of a musician's participation status in his/her school program is cause for dismissal.


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