Orchestra Auditions

Our flagship program, CYSO orchestras include three string ensembles and four full orchestra ensembles (strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp). Students learn from some of Chicago’s most respected music educators and perform in top venues including Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, and Northwestern’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

JOIN OUR ORCHESTRAS

Audition registration for CYSO’s 2021-2022 season is open! After registering, students will receive important information and instructions about submitting their audition video by the April 1 deadline.

ORCHESTRA AUDITION INFORMATION

  • Orchestras are open to students who will be entering 1st-12th grade.
  • Audition video submissions are due by 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • Rehearsals are held on Saturday (elementary, intermediate, advanced ensembles) and Sunday (most advanced ensembles).
  • All students are required to prepare two contrasting pieces for their audition. To be considered for the advanced Sunday ensembles, students must also prepare the CYSO-provided excerpts. See audition requirements for complete details.
  • Results are announced via email by June 1st, 2021, and all students will be notified regardless of outcome.

CYSO PROGRAMS

 

SATURDAY ORCHESTRAS

Concert OrchestraDebut OrchestraAccelerando StringsPreparatory StringsOverture Strings

SUNDAY ORCHESTRAS

Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonic Orchestra

 

Additional enrichment program opportunities include chamber music, composition seminar, steel orchestras, masterclasses, and international touring. See the CYSO Program Guide for a full list of programs.

Questions about Orchestra Auditions? Contact Karen Mari at kmari@cyso.org or (312) 939-2207, ext. 250