PYO Music Institute

Pizzicato Players Auditions


2019-2020 Audition Dates

June 12, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Faculty Adjudicators

Paul Smith,
Director & Conductor


Saint Patrick Hall
240 South 20th Street
(20th and Locust Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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 or 215 545 0502.

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

Auditions are by appointment only. If you have any questions, please contact the PYO office at or 215 545 0502.

Auditions for Pizzicato Players are open to student plucked string players ranging in age from 12 through 21 years. Ensembles will be formatted to fit the needs of the various levels by upper and lower ranges.

Instruments Considered for Audition Include:

  • Classical/Acoustic Guitars
  • Harp, “Folk” Harp
  • Mandolin
  • Baroque Plucked strings – Lute, Theorbo

All instruments must be comfortable and proficient in tuning their instruments by themselves.

Audition Requirements

  • All players are required to play their choice of a solo or two contrasting etudes. In addition, each player must perform scales in 2-3 octaves, arpeggios, and demonstrate sight-reading fundamentals
  • Improvisational and solo opportunities available in Renaissance and Baroque styles respectively

Annual Pizzicato Players tuition for the 2019-2020 season is $500.00. A non-refundable $150.00 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 or 215.545.0502 for more information.