Audition Requirements

Welcome, prospective musicians!

Thanks for your interest in joining the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Congratulations to the 70 students currently in the YSO orchestras.  Makeup auditions for the 2019-20 school year will be held August 25.

The process is simple.  First, you’ll download and submit an audition application.  You can do that right here!

Application for new students

After you submit the application, we’ll send you an email confirming your specific audition time on the audition dates.  Make sure you’ve checked carefully under the orchestra you wish to audition for to know the correct music.  If you are unable to attend on that day, you will need to audition at the make-up time which will be scheduled in August.  Feel free to contact Jean Hall at the YSO office if you have questions at all or don’t see your specific instrument.  The office number is 940-723-6202 and the email is jhall@wfyouthsymphony.org.

Our next audition date is August 25, 2019 for students wishing to join the YSO for the the 2019-20 school year.  New music is always posted one month prior to an audition date.  The music will be new each time.  You will also be expected to play the scales for your instrument AND a short sight reading piece for the audition judges. Links will be posted here on this page.

Applications must be received in the office no later than August 20, 2019 in order to receive an audition time.

There is an $150 member fee to be paid at the beginning of the fall rehearsals for students. 2 payment plan also available. Ask about financial assistance, if needed.

For students joining midyear, there is an $80 member fee to be paid at the beginning of January.

Click for AUDITION TIPS FOR ALL STUDENTS here!

Philharmonic Orchestra 

Students are eligible to audition for the Philharmonic Orchestra (PO) 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 teacher recommendation.

Strings – Please note any fingering, position and/or bow markings. You will be asked to play the etudes and scales and to sight read.

Required music by instrument

Bass – Philharmonic Audition
Violin – Philharmonic Audition
Viola – Philharmonic Audition
Cello – Philharmonic Audition

Scales
Violin –   Scales
Viola –   Scales
Cello –   Scales
Bass –   Scales

Symphonic Orchestra

The Symphonic Orchestra will receive applications for students in 6th grade or older.

Strings – Please note any fingering, position and/or bow markings. You will be asked to play the etudes and scales and to sight read.

Required music by instrument

1st Violin Audition

2nd Violin Audition

Viola Audition
Cello Audition
Bass Audition

Scales
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass

Percussion – in addition to the required etudes, you may be asked to sight read.
Percussion Audition

Winds & Brass – in addition to the required etudes, you will be asked to play scales and to sight read.

Required Contrasting Etudes by instrument

Clarinet Audition

Flute Audition

Oboe Audition

Bassoon Audition

Saxophone Audition

Bari Sax Audition

Trumpet Audition

French Horn Audition

Trombone-Baritone Audition

Tuba-Bass Trombone Audition

Scales

Woodwinds Scales

Brass Scales

 

Upcoming events:

  • Mon
    22
    Jul
    2019
    Fri
    26
    Jul
    2019

    Summer Strings Camp

    8::30The Forum

    Music theory, orchestra and instruction on violin, viola, cello and bass! Concert Friday at 5:30

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019

    Fall auditions

    1:00 pmMSU Band Hall

    Open auditions for all students who were unable to attend the May auditions. Students will play audition music and scales from the website, plus a short sight reading piece provided by the judges. Students will be informed immediately of the results of the audition, and successful auditioners will …