When are auditions?
Auditions are held on 2 consecutive weekends in June at George Mason University.
June 8-11, 2017: Strings auditioning for AYDO, AYSE and AYCO (new and returning musicians); Woodwinds; Brass; Percussion; Harp and Harp Ensemble; Piano
June 17-18, 2017: Strings auditioning for AYSO and AYP (new and returning musicians), Flute Ensemble
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.
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 at least 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
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 2017-2018 season is as follows:
AYPO Symphonic Harpists: $1,000
AYPO Harp Ensemble: $750
AYPO Flute Ensemble: $750
AYPO Pianists: $750
Chamber Ensemble Program: $250
* Tuition includes a welcome package of a t-shirt and two tickets to every regular concert during the season.
Financial Aid: Need-based aid for partial and full tuition is available for the 2017-2018 season and information will be distributed upon acceptance into AYPO.
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.
When and where are rehearsals held?
Rehearsals for all ensembles are held on Monday nights from September through May 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)
Flute Ensemble: 5:30-6:30PM (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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