Audition Requirements

Welcome, prospective musicians!

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

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

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 dates.  If you are unable to attend on that day, you will need to send in a video of yourself playing the audition music BEFORE the audition deadline.  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

New music is always posted one month prior to an audition date.  The music will be new each time.  Be sure also that you look at the requirements for scales.  Some of them have changed from previous years.

There is a $150 member fee that may be paid at the beginning of the YSO season in September, or in installments in September and January.  Ask about financial assistance, if needed.



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.

Fall Auditions:

August 20, 2017

at the MSU Instrument Hall

1-4 pm.

Please note any fingering, position and/or bow markings. Prepare scales, as well.

Required Contrasting Etudes by instrument

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

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


Symphonic Orchestra

Auditions for the 2017-18 Symphonic Orchestra were held in May.  If you were unable to attend these auditions, you may request a make-up audition at the August 20 Philharmonic auditions.  Permission to do a makeup will be at the conductors’ discretion.  Typical reasons include having moved to town during the summer or having been ill or involved in a WFISD activity during the May auditions.  Prospective Symphonic musicians should contact the YSO office at 940-723-6202 or  If accepted, you will be provided with audition music and will complete an audition application.

The next open Symphonic auditions will be held in January.

The Symphonic Orchestra will receive applications for students in 6th grade or older in the 2017-18 school year.

Strings – Please note any fingering, position and/or bow markings. Prepare scales, as well.

Required Contrasting Etudes by instrument

Violin Audition
Viola Audition
Cello Audition
Bass Audition


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

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

Required Contrasting Etudes by instrument-you will need to print some of these on a dark setting!

Clarinet Audition

Bass Clarinet Audition

Flute Audition

Oboe Audition

Bassoon Audition

Saxophone Audition

Trumpet Audition

French Horn Audition

Trombone-Baritone Audition

Tuba-Bass Trombone Audition


Woodwinds Scales

Brass Scales