Youth Orchestra Audition Requirements & Procedures



In order to participate in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, musicians must:

  • Be enrolled in their applicable school music program, if one exists. For example, string players must participate in their school orchestra program, etc.
  • Be no younger than 12 and no older than 22 on September 1, 2020.
  • Adhere to the attendance policy and other policies as outlined in the Musician Handbook.
  • Submit an online audition application and non-refundable application fee.


Preliminary Audition

  • Applicants not currently in the Youth Orchestra should be prepared for a preliminary audition.
  • Not all instruments will need to take a preliminary audition. This is determined annually based on the number of applicants on each instrument. Applicants will be notified which instruments are required to take a preliminary audition shortly after the application deadline.
  • If it is required, applicants must pass the preliminary audition in order to advance to the final audition.
  • Due to the social restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), ALL students participating in the preliminary round will submit a recorded audition. 


Final Audition

  • Current Youth Orchestra members, current substitute players, and applicants who advanced from the preliminary audition must take a final audition.
  • Final auditions will take place on stage at Powell Hall (TBD - We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the region and will notify you of the plans for final auditions as soon as we know more.)
  • Final auditions are blind.
  • Orchestral excerpts for the final auditions will be provided shortly after the preliminary auditions have concluded.

Judging and Results

  • All auditions are judged on intonation, rhythm, sound production and overall musicianship. The Music Director of the SLSYO and members of the SLSO serve as the judges for auditions. Audition results will be posted on the Youth Orchestra website shortly after auditions for all instruments conclude.



 2020/2021 Audition Excerpts

STRINGS: Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass | Harp

WOODWINDS: Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bass Clarinet | Bassoon

BRASS: Horn | Trumpet | Trombone | Bass Trombone | Tuba

PERCUSSION / PIANO: Percussion  Piano

Presented by:

Kathleen Clucas

Supported by:

ESCO Technologies Foundation
G.A., Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation

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