PYAO Auditions

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2017-2018 Audition Dates

May 11, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

May 12, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

June 3, 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Limited Availability
June 10, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

June 11, 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Limited Availability

Faculty Adjudicators

Louis Scaglione,
Music Director & Conductor
Rosalind Erwin,
Director & Conductor, PYAO
Kenneth Bean,
Director & Conductor, PYMO

Location

Saint Patrick Hall
240 S. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Map/Directions

Schedule and Audition

Step 1: Please complete the online registration form. Contact the office only if you are unable to register online due to technical reasons at info@pyos.org or 215.545.0502.

Step 2: Everyone who auditions is required to print a PYO/PYAO Audition Form, complete it, and bring it to the audition. Click Here to download the form (PDF File).

Auditions are by appointment only. If you have any questions, please contact the PYO office at info@pyos.org or 215.545.0502.

Auditions are open to student string, wind, brass, percussion and harp players. The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYAO) accepts students ages 10 through 18.

Audition Requirements

String performers should play 1) their own selection from the solo repertoire, 2) scales in three octaves, détaché, at various tempi and in ALL major and minor keys, and 3) the following required orchestral excerpts:

Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass

Wind, Brass, Percussion, and Harp performers should play 1) their own selection from the solo repertoire, 2) major scales up to four flats and four sharps, and 3) the following required orchestral excerpts:

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Timpani + Percussion

Pianists should play 1) their own selection from the solo repertoire, 2) select scales and arpeggios in major and minor keys.

In addition:

  • Flutes should be able to play or be willing to learn to play piccolo. If the student does play piccolo, please bring the instrument to the audition, and be prepared to play the provided excerpt.
  • Oboes should play or be willing to learn to play English horn. If the student does play English horn, please bring the instrument to the audition, and be prepared to play the provided excerpt.
  • Clarinets should own B-flat and A clarinets and be able to play or be willing to learn to play bass clarinet.
  • Bassoons should play or be willing to learn to play contrabassoon.
  • Horns should have begun learning to transpose.
  • Trumpets should own B-flat and C trumpets and be able to transpose.
  • Trombones should be able to read bass clef and tenor clef, and be willing to learn to read alto clef.
  • Percussionists must play timpani, snare drums, and cymbals.

Annual PYAO tuition for the 2017-2018 season is $1,650.00. A non-refundable $485.00 deposit is due at the time an accepted student registers for the PYO organization. Tuition balance is due by the first rehearsal of the concert season.

Financial Aid is available for those accepted students who demonstrate financial need. Applications are available upon request. Please contact the PYO office at info@pyos.org or 215.545.0502 for more information.

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