Announcing Auditions for the 2017-2018 Season!

BYOV will hold auditions for the 2017-2018 season for all ensembles. Audition information, requirements, and applications are now available!

DOWNLOAD and complete the correct audition form and bring it with you to your audition! 

For Returning Members (auditioning up)                   For New Students



Concert & Symphony Orchestra Audition Dates

May 20, 22, & 23

Sign up for an audition day & time HERE!

Jr. String & String Orchestra Audition Dates

June 5, 6, & 10

Sign up for an audition day & time HERE!

*Auditions are also held in late August for needed instruments, and in late September-early October for Jr. Strings. Dates TBD.

Bay Youth Wind Ensemble

The application for Wind Ensemble is now available. To apply, complete the Wind Ensemble application here. No audition is required. An application must be submitted and your school band teacher will be contacted for recommendation.


*BYOV is a tuition-based organization. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions. Please note:  BYOV policy requires participation in your school music program, when there is a music program available.

More questions about auditions? Please contact our Executive Director at [email protected].

Audition Requirements

Audition materials for the 2017-2018 season are now available.

Please note: Students should take these requirements to their private lesson teacher to ensure they are prepared for an audition with BYOV.

For tips on preparing for your BYOV audition, click HERE.

Junior String Orchestra

The Junior String Orchestra is for young musicians who are beginning note readers but can demonstrate a good foundation in playing technique. The emphasis in rehearsal will be establishing good rehearsal discipline, rhythmic and note reading skills as well as understanding harmony in ensemble music. This group will perform twice during the year to develop poise and performance skills. Junior Strings is comprised of students through Grade 7. (Please note: the audition materials are the same as last year.)

Click your instrument to see the required excerpt(s):

String Orchestra

The String Orchestra is composed of students who have progressed to the intermediate level of performance on their instrument, having mastered the basic skills level (generally after two or three years of instruction). This group studies string arrangements of the chamber and symphonic literature, developing ensemble in a disciplined rehearsal atmosphere. Sight-reading as well as performance skills development are emphasized. Public performances, at least twice a season, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their progress.String Orchestra is comprised of students through Grade 9.



Concert Orchestra

The Concert Orchestra is composed of students through twelfth grade who have demonstrated an advanced level of playing on their instrument. This group studies and performs master works for symphony and chamber orchestra. The emphasis is on training: acquisition of advanced technical and musical skills, rehearsal discipline and advanced ensemble playing. Public performances are scheduled three or four times a year.

Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony’s members (through grade 12) have demonstrated a proficiency on their instrument that will enable them to meet the challenges of performing some of the world’s greatest and most challenging instrumental music. Students performing at this level are expected to have a seriousness of purpose and demonstrate not only preparedness for rehearsals, but professional rehearsal behavior. The symphony will perform three to four programs per season.