Auditions will be submitted by video with the Membership Application. Applications for the upcoming year, 2024-2025 will open soon! Please share our information with your friends who may also be interested in auditioning.

To Audition:

  • 1. Record Your Audition Video

    Your video should include one three-octave scale of your choice and one three to five minute video that reflects your best playing. Upload your video to a video hosting service (youtube, vimeo, etc) or the cloud service of your choice (google drive, etc.) and copy the link to the appropriate line in the Membership Application.

  • 2. Complete Membership Application

    Both current members and prospective members should fill out the Membership Application. There is a field to upload both a current picture and the link to your audition video.

Placement Considerations


Utah Youth Symphony & Philharmonic

  • 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

Utah Youth Junior Symphony

  • Minimum age: 10 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

Skill Level

The following are suggestions, please feel free to submit performances of any comparable pieces of music (especially for violin, viola, and cello). We are mostly interested in hearing six minutes of your best playing.

Utah Youth Symphony & Philharmonic

  • 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)

Utah Youth Junior Symphony

  • 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
  • Winds, Brass and Percussion - a short example of your best playing.

What to Play for Audition

Utah Youth Symphony & Philharmonic

  • Three to five minutes of your best playing--include both fast and slow passages.  You may include excerpts from two pieces or one piece that incorporates both. Plan to play without accompaniment.  Please refer to the skill-level guidelines above and make sure your audition reflects the skills and level of difficulty required.
  • 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.

Utah Youth Junior Symphony

  • One prepared piece demonstrating current technical level; producing a full clear tone with vibrato.
  • Play a 2-octave major and minor scale from memory with vibrato.

Things to Remember

  • Auditions - Both new and returning members for all three orchestras will be required to submit a video with their Membership Application.
  • Attendance - Attendance is required. Our attendance policy has provisions for unavoidable, excused absences. Musicians must commit to a rehearsal schedule for the full concert season. Rehearsals take place at David Gardner Hall at the University of Utah for UYSO and UYPhil, and Fine Arts West for UYJunior.
    Financial - Tuition for the year is due by the second week of October.
  • Volunteer - There are many opportunities for Parents or Guardians to volunteer. We will have sign-ups on-line prior to any events.
  • Decision - Placement is determined by our directors, but we do take individual schedule considerations into account.
  • Deadline- UYOE accepts applications year round.

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, both full and partial,  for those who qualify for assistance.

Please contact us at for more information.