Audition materials for the 2023-2024 season are now available!
We are accepting auditions and applications for all 6 BYOV ensembles!
We have completed the first round of auditions and have opened a second round of auditions for the following instrument openings in our ensembles.
The audition deadline is MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2023.
Jr. Strings: violin, viola, bass
String Orchestra: violin, viola, bass
Concert Orchestra: viola, bass, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, timpani
Symphony Orchestra: bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba
Concert Band: waitlist only
Wind Symphony: all instruments
BYOV has 6 dynamic ensembles for many playing abilities. Talk with your school or private music teacher to decide which ensemble is best for your current level and aspirations. Learn more about the audition requirements for each ensemble, view audition materials, and submit an audition by clicking the ensemble links below.
Jr. String Orchestra
The Junior String Orchestra (BYJST) is a beginning ensemble for young string players who demonstrate a good foundation in playing technique and note-reading. Rehearsals emphasize establishing rhythm and sight reading skills, as well as rehearsal etiquette and performance skills. Junior Strings is comprised of students through Grade 7.
The String Orchestra (BYST) is an intermediate string ensemble, studying arrangements of the chamber and symphonic literature. Rehearsal and ensemble skills are developed in a disciplined atmosphere. This orchestra requires advancing string playing techniques like shifting and vibrato. String Orchestra is comprised of students through Grade 9.
The Concert Orchestra (BYCO) is an advanced string orchestra for musicians who demonstrate an advancing level of playing on their instrument, with emphasis on acquisition of advanced technical and musical skills, rehearsal discipline, and advanced ensemble playing. Concert Orchestra is comprised of students through Grade 12.
The Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) is for musicians who have demonstrated a proficiency on their instrument that will enable them to perform some of the greatest and most challenging literature. Students at this level are committed to a seriousness of purpose and demonstrate a professional level of preparedness for rehearsals and performances. Symphony Orchestra is comprised of string, wind, brass, and percussion students through Grade 12 and is our highest level of symphonic orchestral training.
The Concert Band (BYCB) explores standard literature for the middle school band student, with emphasis on improving ensemble skills, tone quality, technique, and musicianship needed to build a solid ensemble foundation. The Concert Band is for beginning to intermediate middle school students in Grades 7-9.
The Wind Symphony (BYWS) is for serious high school band students who have demonstrated a proficiency on their instrument. This ensemble performs fully scored works for wind symphony. Students at this level are committed to a seriousness of purpose and demonstrate a professional level of preparedness for rehearsals and performances. Wind Symphony is comprised of wind, brass, and percussion students in Grades 9-12.