Auditions

1. Schedule an audition

Email the following to uyoe@uyoe.org. We will reply confirming the date, time, and room numbers for your warm-up and audition.

  • Name
  • Instrument
  • Phone
  • Mailing Address
  • Year in school (in September of 2016)
  • Requested audition date (if during regular spring auditions-see home page for audition dates)
  • Orchestra auditioning for (1) UYSO / UYPhil or (2) UYJSO

2. Apply

Print and complete this application form. At least 5 days prior to your audition, either scan and email it to uyoe@uyoe.org, or fax it to 888-682-9061. Bring a hard copy to your audition. We need TWO copies total.

3. Audition

Your audition will take place at David Gardner Hall on the northwest corner of the University of Utah's President's Circle and University Street. You will receive a reminder email with the room number.
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Things to Remember

Scholarship Assistance

One of our values states that no one is to be excluded on the basis of ability to pay.

We offer and make available scholarships for those who qualify for assistance.

Placement Considerations

Utah Youth Junior Symphony OrchestraUtah Youth Symphony Orchestra (UYSO) and Utah Youth Philharmonic (UYPhil)
Eligibility
  • Minimum age: 12 years old
  • Students in middle school, junior high, high school, or very proficient 5th or 6th graders
  • Consistently studying an instrument with a private teacher
  • Commit to weekly rehearsal schedule for full concert season
  • Expected to be members of school music programs
Eligibility
  • Ages 13 to 21
  • Students in middle school, junior high, high school, or college (U of U students are eligible to receive college credit for participation)
  • Consistently studying an instrument with a private teacher
  • Commit to weekly rehearsal schedule for full concert season
  • Expected to be members of school music programs
Skill Level
  • Violin and Viola - Proficiency in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions
  • Cello - Knowledge of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions
  • Bass - half, 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions
Skill Level
  • Violin - Bach Concerto in A minor and / or Bach Partita in E major
  • Viola - Seitz Concerto No. 3 in C minor
  • Cello - Bach Suites
  • Bass - One movement of a major concerto
  • Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, and Tuba - One movement from a major concerto; continuous and musically appropriate vibrato
  • Flute, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, and Tuba - One movement from a major concerto; proficient double and triple tonguing
  • Clarinet - One movement from a major concerto; working knowledge of C clarinet transposition; access to an A clarinet
  • Bassoon and Trombone - Proficiency in tenor clef
  • Trumpet and Horn - One movement from a major concerto; beginning proficiency in transposition
  • Harp - A level equivalent to Song in the Night by Salzedo, Sonatina in C Minor by Dussek or Suzuki Book 4; all major and minor scales (harmonic or melodic), two ocatves, hands together
  • Percussion - All rudiments (snare drum); all major and minor scales (harmonic or melodic) (mallets); advanced solos for snare drum, mallets, timpani (including re-tuning)
What to play for your audition
  • One prepared piece demonstrating current technical level; producing a full clear tone with vibrato.
  • Play a 2-octave major and minor scale from memory; vibrato;
  • Plan to do some sight-reading
What to play for your audition
  • Two prepared pieces - choose one slow and one fast, preferably from major concertos or sonatas by different composers. Do not play multiple movements from the same piece or use All-State etudes. Plan to play without accompaniment
  • Three-octave scales - both major and minor (harmonic or melodic form) and arpeggios in two or three octaves from memory; producing a full, clear tone with solid intonation and musical maturity