PYO Music Institute

YMDO Auditions (formerly PYMO)

COUNT DOWN TO AUDITIONS

2020-2021 Audition Video Submission Deadlines

May 29, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

September 11, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Final Date to Submit an Audition for 2020-2021

Faculty Adjudicators

Louis Scaglione,
Music Director & Conductor
Rosalind Erwin,
Director & Conductor, PYAO
Kenneth Bean,
Director & Conductor, YMDO

Location

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

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 YMDO Video Submission Guidelines (Updated May 5, 2020)

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

Auditions are open to student string, wind, brass, and percussion players. The Young Musicians Debut Orchestra (YMDO - formerly PYMO) accepts students ages 11 through 17.

Audition Requirements

UPDATE May 5, 2020: Video Submission Guidelines for PYO, PYAO, and YMDO have been amended, including an extension for the total time limit for video submissions. Please review the updated document.

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

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

Flute + Piccolo

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

French Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Tuba

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

Percussion

NOTE:  During the COVID-19 crisis, percussionists may not have access to mallet instruments or timpani.  Percussionists are to adapt the audition requirements to the best of their ability with the instruments with which they have access.

In addition:

  • If a flute student plays piccolo, please bring the instrument to the audition, and be prepared to play a scale.
  • If an oboe student plays English horn, please bring the instrument to the audition, and be prepared to play a scale.
  • Clarinet students must have a B-flat clarinet, and if possible, have access to an A clarinet.
  • Horn students should be starting to learn transpositions.
  • Trumpet students must have a B-flat trumpet, and if possible, have access to a C trumpet, and should be starting to learn transpositions.
  • Percussionists should play timpani, snare drums, and cymbals.

Annual YMDO tuition for the 2020-2021 season is $1595. A non-refundable deposit of $550 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 eoatts@pyomusic.org or 215.545.0502 for more information.

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is now PYO Music Institute

Our new name conveys the breadth and depth of our programs and the impact we are having on more students in more ways than ever.  We are excited about this change as we believe it is a much better description of our organization, with the potential of continued growth and expansion into the future.

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