Audition Information

Youth Symphony of DuPage (YSDP) welcomes new musicians of advanced grade school through high school to audition for our Sinfonietta Strings, Philharmonia Strings, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestras.

Audition registrations are open to all musicians, with special consideration for talented wind, brass, and percussion musicians.

While the Performance Season 2021-2022 Spring and Fall Audition registrations are closed at this time, the audition is open to those who have your private teacher’s recommendation to audition or approval of music directors.

All auditions will be held online through YouTube videos.

To audition:
1. Please complete the registration HERE.
2. Once you register, submit the required audition video links to audition@ysdp.org.

Please see the VIDEO AUDITION DETAILS section of this page for details. Direct any questions regarding audition or audition registration to audition@ysdp.org.

The minimum requirement for enrollment is for anyone who has been studying privately for at least two years with a private lesson teacher to be eligible to audition. The Orchestra students range from 6th to 12th grade. Those who are noticeably advanced younger players are considered at the directors’ discretion.

YSDP Rehearsals are on Mondays. There are a series of two or three public Concerts per performance season in a typical performance year. 

Click here to view or download the Audition Brochure: “YSDP Audition Brochure


VIDEO AUDITION DETAILS

You can record it and submit YouTube links for the audition.

Members of YSDP Judges will review your audition video.  The audition result will be sent to the primary email address on our file on or about June 15 from YSDP Document Center via DocuSign. Please look out for the email.

HOW TO AUDITION:

     *   Record your audition

     *   Upload your recording to YouTube as an unlisted video

     *   Email your recording to us at audition@ysdp.org

Familiarize yourself with the audition requirements and practice each of the elements. We recommend you warm up before you begin your recording.  We also recommend that you practice doing your recording so that you are familiar with the equipment you are using and feel comfortable and relaxed once you do the final video.

WHERE TO SUBMIT AUDITION LINKS

Please submit your YouTube audition video links to audition@ysdp.org.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

Please submit only the audition video Links consisting of the following items:

     *  Two (2) contrasting solo pieces (60 seconds)   

     *   (1) major scale and one (1) melodic minor scale of your choice and style video link (2 octaves, optionally 3 octaves for violin/viola/cello)

   *  Symphony Orchestra auditions, please also include a link for the required excerpt video link.  Also, one (1) major scale and one (1) melodic minor scales for Symphony audition are  3 octaves.

WHAT TO NAME: Examples

3 YouTube links (4 YouTube Links for Symphony audition) using the naming convention much like the following:

     *    Lastname_Firstname_Solo1 

     *    Lastname_Firstname_Solo2 

     *    Lastname_Firstname_Scales

    *    Lastname_Firstname_Excerpt (Symphony only)

You will receive the audition result on or about June 8.

We are looking forward to your audition videos!    


AUDITION OVERVIEW

YSDP auditions and seating for the Sinfonietta Strings, Concert, and Symphony Orchestras are competitive.

All new candidates and current members must participate in the audition process for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 season.

Current member placement does not guarantee the same placement for the new season.

Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years of playing experience on their instrument with private instruction and playing with proficiency for advanced orchestral performance.    Anything less requires a music teacher’s recommendation.

Students may choose to audition for one of the orchestras by following the below criteria, completing the online applications, and submitting the audition fee to YSDP.

Please note, auditioning for Symphony Orchestra does not guarantee your placement in Symphony; you may be considered for Concert Orchestra.

If you do not want to be considered for the Concert Orchestra, please note this on your application.

Those auditioning for Sinfonietta Strings and/or Concert Orchestra will not be considered for the Symphony Orchestra.

Seating is at the music director’s discretion.


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS 

SINFONIETTA STRING, PHILHARMONIA STRING, CONCERT ORCHESTRA REQUIREMENTS:

Two contrasting movements or solo pieces, 60 seconds for each selection

Does NOT need to be memorized

ONE major scale and ONE melodic minor scale of your choice

2 octaves

3 octaves (optional) for violin/viola/cello

Orchestral excerpts are NOT required

No sight-reading

Please dress appropriately for your audition

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA REQUIREMENTS

Two contrasting movements or solo pieces, 60 seconds for each selection

Does NOT need to be memorized

ONE major scale and ONE melodic minor scale of your choice

2 octaves for winds/brass

3 octaves for violin/viola/cello

Required orchestral excerpts (see below)

No sight-reading

Please dress appropriately for your audition


ORCHESTRA EXCERPTS (FOR SYMPHONY ONLY)

To all Symphony auditions: Please prepare ALL bracketed excerpts for your instrument. All excerpts are selected from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”, finale. Click Here for a reference performance

Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

Horn

Trumpet

Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone

Tuba

Harp

Percussion