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.

Audition Timeline 2019-2020

Application Deadline:
Please apply by August 19, 2019 so an audition time can be scheduled.

Audition Dates:
August 26, 27, 28, 2019

Start Date:
September 9, 2019

Finish Date:
May 13, 2020

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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 15: $30)

Membership Fee:
Youth Orchestra - $370
Cadet Strings - $275
(Includes T-shirt and Fall Workshop fee)

Installment Payments:
Four payments of $96.50 for WVYO and $71.50 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.

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