Auditions for the 2018-2019 Season will be held on August 27, September 17, & September 24 for needed instruments in all ensembles. (September dates for Jr. Strings ONLY)

 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


To submit your audition application, complete the appropriate form below by clicking on the link.

Not sure which ensemble is right for you? Your private or school teacher can help you decide. You can also learn more about our ensembles by reading the drop down menus to the right.

THE FIRST ROUND OF AUDITIONS FOR THE 2018-2019 SEASON HAS BEEN COMPLETED. PLEASE VIEW UPCOMING AUDITION DATES AND SPECIFIC OPENINGS IN OUR ENSEMBLES.

Jr. String Orchestra (BYJST) August 27, September 17 & 24 [violin, viola, cello, bass]: 

Jr. String Orchestra Audition Application

String Orchestra (BYST) August 27 [viola & bass]:

 String Orchestra Audition Application

Concert Orchestra (BYCO) August 27 [viola, cello, bass, clarinet, all brass]:

Concert Orchestra Audition Application

Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) August 27 [violin & bass]: 

Symphony Orchestra Audition Application


To submit your application, complete the appropriate form below by clicking on the link.

THE FIRST ROUND OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018-2019 SEASON HAS BEEN COMPLETED. PLEASE CONTACT US TO INQUIRE ABOUT OPEN INSTRUMENTS FOR EACH ENSEMBLE. NO AUDITION REQUIRED! 

Bay Youth Concert Band (BYCB) (formerly Wind Ensemble): Concert Band Application

Bay Youth Wind Symphony (BYWS): Wind Symphony Application

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*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 2018-2019 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):

**NEW: Student may also audition for Jr. Strings using their prepared piece for the 7th grade Jr. District Orchestra auditions.**

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. (Please note: the audition requirements are the same as last year)

 

 

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.