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Youth Orchestra Auditions

Youth Orchestra CellistAdvanced young musicians join the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra for a number of reasons — for the challenge of playing standard orchestral repertoire, for the opportunity to rehearse and perform regularly in a great concert hall, or for the chance to play with a large ensemble of musically accomplished peers. Many Youth Orchestra musicians go on to pursue careers in music with the confidence and knowledge gained through their Youth Orchestra experience. Seven current members of the STL Symphony are alums of the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra. Auditions for the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra are open to musicians ages 12-22. Candidates must participate in their school music program, if one exists.

2015/16 Season Auditions

CALLING ALL TUBA PLAYERS! The STL Symphony Youth Orchestra is holding a second round of Tuba auditions for the 2015/16 season. Auditions will take place at Powell Hall on Monday, August 17, 2015. Email Michael Gandlmayr at michaelg@stlsymphony.org for more information or to register for an audition time. 

Audition Requirments:

  Scale Requirement Solo Requirement* Excerpt Requirement 
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Tuba Chromatic scale slurred full range of instrument and memorized, major and melodic minor scales through 4 sharps and 4 flats, memorized, 3 octaves when possible, tongued and slurred, performed in sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=60 A solo of the musician's choice to be performed without accompaniment (3-4 minutes in length)

2015/16 Season Audition Information

Make sure to check out our Audition Requirements & Procedures!


Preliminary Auditions


Location: Clayton High School
Dates: April 27 & 28

This includes all strings, winds, brass & percussion not currently in the Youth Orchestra. 

Audition Requirements

 Final Auditions

Location: Powell Hall
Dates: June 2-11*

Tuesday, June 2 - Bass & Viola
Wednesday, June 3 - Cello
Thursday, June 4 - Violins
Monday, June 8 - Flute & Oboe
Tuesday, June 9 - Clarinet & Bassoon
Wednesday, June 10 - Low Brass & Percussion
Thursday, June 11 - French Horn & Trumpet

*Audition dates are tentative and may change. 

Audition Requirements

Piano Auditions will be done during the season by recording, if needed. Please complete the Audition Interest Form if you wish to be considered.

Please direct all questions regarding Youth Orchestra auditions to STL Symphony Director of Education & Youth Orchestra Jessica Ingraham.

Learn more about YO Final Auditions on Show Me St. Louis!

SLSYO Handbook 2015/16