Welcome, prospective members! Thanks for your interest in joining the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Open auditions are typically held in January, May, and August. All successful auditions guarantee your chair for the remainder of the current school year.
THE NEXT AUDITION DATE IS AUGUST 22 FOR ALL SECTIONS NOT CLOSED AFTER THE SPRING AUDITIONS
AUDITION MUSIC WILL BE POSTED BY JULY 22
Step one: fill out the audition form by clicking here
The YSO encourages all students to apply regardless of gender, school, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. You will be contacted with details and a specific audition time.
Step two: if you require financial aid, fill out the form by clicking here. Student fees are $100 per semester.
You will be contacted with the decision on your financial aid. This application remains confidential to the administrators and will not impact your audition in any way.
Step three: download the music AND the scales for your instrument for the orchestra you wish to audition for. Make sure you read instructions for bowing or for which measures to play.
Step four: practice like heck and show up ready to shine. Scales remain posted year-round (because who doesn’t need a little more scale work?) and audition excerpts specific to your orchestra and instrument are available one month prior to the audition date.
Students are eligible to audition for the Philharmonic Orchestra if they are no younger than 3rd grade and have a teacher recommendation with their application. Students in 6th grade or older do not need a recommendation.
This is a strings-only group. Please note any fingering, position, and/or bow markings. You will be asked to play the etudes and scales, and you may be asked to sight-read.
All sections are open for the 2021-22 auditions. New music is available here one month prior to the audition. Measures to play are marked on the music. The scales remain unchanged and available at all times.
- Philharmonic bass etude
- Philharmonic bass scales
- Philharmonic violin etude
- Philharmonic violin scales
- Philharmonic viola etude
- Philharmonic viola scales
- Philharmonic cello etude
- Philharmonic cello scales
The Symphonic Orchestra will receive applications for students in 6th grade or older.
Members in 11th and 12th grade are also eligible to audition for the Apprenticeship program after being accepted to the orchestra. Seniors may apply for the Gail Key Scholarship for Music Excellence.
You will be asked to play the etudes and scales. You may be asked to sightread. Strings, please note any fingering, position, and/or bow markings.
All sections except percussion are open for the 2021-22 auditions. Music is available one month prior to the audition date. The scales remain unchanged and available at all times.
- 1st violin etude
- 2nd violin etude
- Violin scales
- Viola etude
- Viola scales
- Cello etude
- Cello scales
- Bass etude
- Bass scales
- Percussion etude (CLOSED)
The audition cuts for August 2021 are taken from Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppe and the Finale from Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach, otherwise known as the “Can Can.”