Jazz Orchestra Audition FAQ

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CYSO has moved to video auditions for the 2020-2021 season. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the CYSO Video Audition process.


What is Jazz Orchestra?

CYSO’s Jazz Orchestra is a high school-level jazz ensemble program led by musician and educator Pharez Whitted. Rehearsals are held throughout the school year on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm at CYSO’s offices in the Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan Ave in Chicago). The orchestra will perform throughout the season at locations around the Chicago area. Jazz Orchestra tuition is $750 for the season, and financial assistance is available.


When is the due date for my video audition?

Video audition submissions are due on Thursday, April 23 at 11:59PM. Students may submit their audition video any time before the deadline. Students may register for an audition through our website.


Where can I find instructions for submitting the video?

After you have submitted your online registration form, a CYSO staff member will email you your video instructions!


Can I edit my audition video?

Absolutely no editing or sound enhancements of any kind are permitted. Your Audition video should be one continuous take. Audition videos that are suspected to have been edited or otherwise enhanced will be immediately disqualified.


What if I do not have access to an instrument at home?

If you do not have access to your instrument or have other challenges preventing you from submitting a video, please email Kaytie Faries at kfaries@cyso.org.


Should I memorize the music?

Memorization is not required. If you would like to memorize the excerpts, you are welcome to do so.


How long is the audition?

The video audition should be no longer than 12 minutes.


What should I wear?

Wear nice dress clothes that are comfortable for you to perform in. Remember that this is the first impression you will make on those who will evaluate you. It is also a good idea to practice in the clothes you are planning to wear at least once before your audition.


When will I find out if I have been accepted?

2020-2021 season audition results will be announced by mid-June. All auditioning students will receive correspondence, regardless of the outcome. Be sure to enter your email address correctly on your Audition Registration Form. Email is CYSO’s primary mode of communication with students and parents.


When and where are rehearsals held?

Though we are not currently meeting, Jazz Orchestra rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 PM in CYSO room 833 at 410 S. Michigan Avenue, the Fine Arts Building.


What are the requirements for membership?

Requirements vary for each orchestra, enrichment program, and by instrument. Visit our audition requirements and CYSO membership requirements for details.


If you have other questions not covered here, please email Kaytie at kfaries@cyso.org