Audition materials for the 2019 - 2020 Season are now available!

 You can now download, print, and begin preparing your BYOV audition.

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

For Returning Members (auditioning up)                   For New Students

Bay Youth Jr. Strings, String Orchestra, Concert Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra require an audition. 

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.

SPRING AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. Auditions will be held again on Monday, August 26 for open spots in all ensembles.. To inquire about possible open spots, please call (757) 618-1800 or email [email protected].

To schedule an August audition, complete our audition application here: AUGUST AUDITION APPLICATION.

Auditions into Wind Symphony may be required.

Bay Youth Concert Band and Wind Symphony do not require a live audition (except for popular instruments when requested by the conductors OR for 9th graders interested in Wind Symphony). 

To apply for the Concert Band or Wind Symphony (auditions may be required), complete our application here: Concert Band & Wind Symphony Application


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

Questions about auditions or financial aid? Please contact our Executive Director at [email protected].

Audition Requirements

Audition materials for the 2019 - 2020 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.