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19-20 Auditions Information


2019-2020 Audition Information

Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 season.

Some positions may be available for woodwinds and brass instruments. Contact for questions.

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: May 30 - June 2

  • Violin, Cello (AYP/AYSO)

  • Violas (AYP/AYSO/AYCO)

  • String Bass (all)

  • Percussion (all)

  • Brass (all)

  • Piano (all)

  • Harp (all)

WEEKEND 2: June 6 - 9

  • Violin, Cello (AYCO/AYSE/AYDO)

  • Violas (AYSE/AYDO)

  • Woodwinds (all)

  • Flute Ensemble

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 May 27th, 2019 following these guidelines.

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How To Apply

  1. Submit an application and non-refundable $45 application fee by May 10th, 2019.

  2. Submit a School Music Participation Form by May 10th, 2019 to be considered for an audition.

  3. Prepare the audition requirements for your instrument and level. All musicians will play:

    • 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 10th, 2019.


*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.

Chamber Ensemble Program

Students auditioning for AYP or AYSO are encouraged to audition for AYPO’s Chamber Ensemble Program. To audition for the Chamber Ensemble program, a solo of your choice can be submitted via video. For instructions on how to submit a video audition, click here. The deadline to submit a video audition for the Chamber Ensemble Program is Sunday, June 2, 2019. Anyone previously in the AYPO Chamber Ensemble Program does not need to submit a video audition.

additional opportunities

Flute Ensemble - Repertoire includes arrangements for flute ensemble as well as original works. Flute Ensemble is open both to current AYPO members and non-members. Apply here.  

Clarinet Ensemble - Musicians accepted into AYPO’s Clarinet ensemble perform original works and arrangements for clarinet ensemble. Clarinet Ensemble takes place from January through May. Learn more about the program.

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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