Auditions

1. Fill out UYOE Membership Application

Both current members and prospective members should fill out the Membership Application.

2. Schedule an Audition Time

Auditions will be held Saturday, June 3rd.  Prospective new members auditioning for either UYSO or UYPhil can sign up for a time here.  Auditions for the UYJSO will also be on June 3rd, with current members filling the morning time slots and prospective new members in the afternoon.  The UYJSO sign up sheet can be found here.  

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. The room numbers will be posted at the entrance to Gardner Hall.
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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, or equivalent.
  • Viola - Seitz Concerto No. 3 in C minor, or equivalent.
  • Cello - Bach Suites, or equivalent.
  • 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