Audition Requirements

Youth Orchestra Strings

  • Scales, both major and melodic minor: 2 or 3 octaves, up to 4 sharps and 4 flats with accurate intonation
  • Prepared Solo: Student's choice (2 minutes) at Suzuki Book 4 or higher level
  • Sight reading: Short orchestral excerpt

Youth Orchestra Winds and Brass

  • Scales, both major and melodic minor: 2 octaves, up to 3 sharps and 3 flats, accurate intonation
  • Prepared Solo: Student's choice (2 minutes)
  • Sight reading: Short orchestral excerpt

Youth Orchestra Percussion

  • Show competency on snare drum, timpani, and xylophone.

Cadet Strings

  • Major Scales: 2 octaves, up to 2 sharps and 2 flats with accurate intonation
  • Prepared Solo: Student's choice (2 minutes) at Suzuki Book 2 or equivalent level
  • Sight reading: Short orchestral excerpt.

Auditioning

The West Valley Youth Orchestra supports our public and private schools' music programs. Therefore, it is expected that each student who auditions for the West Valley Youth Orchestra be a member in good standing of the orchestra in the school they attend, if it has one.

The West Valley Youth Orchestra also welcomes homeschoolers.

Auditions are conducted in the fall. At the discretion of the conductor, auditions may also be conducted during the school year.

Partial tuition scholarships are available (based on financial need). For further information, contact the orchestra manager.

2021-2022 Season

Rehearsals and auditions will be held at Wigwam Creek Middle School, 4510 N. 127th Ave., Litchfield Park.

Auditions are on August 23, 24 and 25.  Audition fee is $20 through June 25; after June 25, audition fee is $30.  Please apply by August 13 so auditions may be scheduled. Auditions will be held in person.

First rehearsal is on August 30.

Audition Timeline 2021-2022

Application Deadline:
Please apply by August 13, 2021 so an audition time can be scheduled.

Audition Dates:
August 23, 24, 25, 2021

Start Date:
August 30, 2021

Finish Date:
May 16, 2022

Memorial Day 2021 at Civic Center Ampitheatre. May 31, 2021.
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Orchestra Application

Applying online for an audition is a 2-step process.

  1. Fill out the application below
  2. Pay applicable fees

Orchestra Fees (All fees are Non Refundable):

Early Audition Fee (Due with Application):
$20 (Audition fee after June 25, 2021: $30)

Membership Fee:
Youth Orchestra - $380
Cadet Strings - $285
(Includes T-shirt)

Installment Payments:
Four payments of $99.00 for WVYO and $74.00 for Cadets can be made in August, September, October and November.

You can pay fees by mailing a check to The West Valley Youth Orchestra, Box 206, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340, or by using a debit or credit card below.

2021-2022 Brochure

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Memorial Day 2021 at Civic Center Ampitheatre. May 31, 2021.
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Memorial Day 2021 at Civic Center Ampitheatre. May 31, 2021.