PYO Music Institute

PYO Auditions

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2021-2022 Audition Video Submission Timeline

April 23, 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Online Auditions Portal Opens
May 14, 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Priority Deadline for Audition Application Submissions
May 21, 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Audition Results sent to Priority Deadline Applicants

Faculty Adjudicators

Louis Scaglione,
Music Director & Conductor
Rosalind Erwin,
Director & Conductor, PYAO
Kenneth Bean,
Director & Conductor, YMDO
Gloria dePasquale,
Director & Conductor, Prysm Strings

Location

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Season will be held online via Acceptd.

Schedule and Audition

Auditions for the 2021-2022 season will be online video-recorded auditions instead of live in-person auditions.

To submit an audition:

  1. Submit required audition materials via Acceptd, the official online audition platform of the PYO Music Institute. (Note: there is no fee to submit an audition)
  2. Wait for official contact from the PYOMI office to receive your audition results. Audition applications submitted by the Priority Deadline will receive their results by May 12.
  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 PYO Video Submission Guidelines

If you have any questions, please contact the PYOMI office at eoatts@pyomusic.org or 215 545 0502.

Auditions are open to string, wind, brass, percussion, piano, and harp players. The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) accepts students ages 15 through 21.

Audition Requirements

String performers should play 1) required scales, 2) their own selection from the solo repertoire, and 3) the following required orchestral excerpts.

Violin

Viola

Cello

Bass

 

Woodwind performers should play 1) required scales, 2) their own selection from the solo repertoire, and 3) the following required orchestral excerpts:

Flute + Piccolo

Oboe + English Horn

Clarinet

Bassoon

 

Brass performers should play 1) required scales, 2) their own selection from the solo repertoire, and 3) the following required orchestral excerpts:

French Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Bass Trombone

Tuba

 

Percussionists should play 1) required scales & rudiments, 2) their own selection from the solo repertoire, and 3) the following required orchestra excerpts:

Percussion + Timpani

NOTE:  Please contact the PYOMI office if you do not have access to the required percussion instruments.

 

Harpists should play 1) their own selection from the solo repertoire, and 3) the following required orchestra excerpts:

Harp

 

Pianists should play 1) required scales, 2) their own selection from the solo repertoire, and 3) the following required orchestra excerpts.

Piano

 

In addition:

  • Flutes should be able to play or be willing to learn to play piccolo. If the student does play piccolo, please be prepared to play the provided excerpt as a part of the audition.
  • Oboes should play or be willing to learn to play English horn. If the student does play English horn,please be prepared to play the provided excerpt as a part of the audition.
  • Clarinets must 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 must be able to transpose.
  • Trumpets must 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, cymbals and should play xylophone.

Annual PYO tuition for the 2021-2022 season is $1995. A non-refundable deposit of $550 is due at the time an accepted student registers for the PYO Music Institute. 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 eoatts@pyomusic.org or 215.545.0502 for more information.