Audition materials for the 2020-2021 Season will be available the last week of February!


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. These ensembles rehearse on Monday evenings at Norview Middle & High Schools.

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.


  • June 1, 2, 6, & 13: All BYOV ensembles.

To schedule your audition, check back later.

Interested in one of our bands? Check our the Bay Youth Concert Band & Wind Symphony! These ensembles rehearse on Tuesday evenings at Great Bridge Middle School.

Bay Youth Concert Band (7th-9th grade) does not require a live audition at this time.

Wind Symphony (9th-12th grade) applicants must complete the application below . If accepted based on your application, you will be asked to provide an audio recording of required audition materials. If accepted, you will be invited  to attend a live audition for chair placement.

To apply for the Concert Band or Wind Symphony, complete the 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

Check back later for audition materials for the 2020-2021 Season!

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.