PYO Music Institute

Bravo Brass Auditions


2020-2021 Audition Video Submission Deadlines

September 11, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Auditions being accepted on a rolling basis throughout 2020-2021 season.

Faculty Adjudicators

Paul Bryan, Director & Conductor
Brian Brown, Faculty
Barry McCommon, Associate Conductor, Bravo Brass & Faculty
Karen Schubert, Faculty
Robert Skoniczin, Associate Conductor, Bravo Brass & Faculty


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

Schedule and Audition

Auditions for the 2020-2021 season will be online video recorded auditions instead of live in-person auditions. Submit your audition materials here.

To submit an audition:

  1. Submit required audition materials via Acceptd, the official online audition platform of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization. (Note: there is no fee to submit an audition)
  2. Wait for official contact from the PYO office. You can review the complete application timeline here.
  3. Once accepted, you will be emailed instructions for completing an online registration form.

Please review the audition requirements listed on this page, as well as the Bravo Brass Video Submission Guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Bryan, Director and Conductor at or 215.545.0502.

Bravo Brass auditions are open to student brass and percussion players ranging in age from 12 through 21 years.

Audition Requirements

UPDATE - October 13, 2020: PYO Music Institute is still accepting auditions on a rolling basis for available positions in all ensembles for double bass, viola, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion.

Bravo Brass Video Submission Guidelines

  • All players are required to play their choice of a solo or two contrasting etudes. In addition, each player must perform the required excerpts for their instrument. Please download the required excerpts below.


  • Trumpet players must be comfortable transposing C trumpet parts.
  • Trombonists must read bass and tenor clefs.
  • Percussionists should play timpani, snare drum and xylophone, and be able, if requested, to play cymbals and bass drum.

The applicant and/or parent/guardian agree that all decisions concerning placement and participation in the Bravo Brass program are at the sole discretion of the artistic staff, and that their decisions are final.

Annual tuition for the 2020-2021 season is $1795. A non-refundable deposit of $550 is due at the time an accepted student registers for the Bravo Brass program. 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 or 215.545.0502 for more information.

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