Auditions

The CSOYO is open to students up to the age of 19 with serious interest in symphonic music. Students auditioning for the Symphony must be 12-19 years of age. Students auditioning for the Philharmonic must be 10-19 years of age. Students auditioning for the Philharmonic who are younger than 12 must have a recommendation from their private music teacher (or school instrumental music teacher). Admission is by auditions, which are held each spring. Additional auditions for the Prelude and Etude Orchestras may be held in the fall and in January at the Conductor’s discretion. Students must be members of their school instrumental music program, if provided. Wind and percussion students must be in band. String students must be in orchestra (if school has an orchestra). Non-participation in school instrumental music program requires approval from school band or orchestra director

ELIGIBILITY:

1. All current or past CSOYO members must re-audition every year.

2. CHOOSE THE APPROPRIATE ORCHESTRA:

The CSOYO has four orchestras. Students must audition for a specific orchestra based on their level of skill and experience. (Please consult with your teacher or director for assistance in selecting the correct orchestra for your current skill level.)

               Prelude (strings only): 1-2 years of experience                   

               Etude (strings only): 2-3 years of experience

               Philharmonic (all instruments): intermediate level           

               Symphony (all instruments):  advanced level

Applicants who are not chosen for their selected orchestra may be considered for membership in a lower orchestra.

3. AGE REQUIREMENTS:

               SYMPHONY:  12 – 19 years of age

               PHILHARMONIC: 10 – 19 years of age

(Students younger than 12 who wish to audition for either Symphony or Philharmonic must submit a recommendation letter to the CSOYO manager from their private music teacher or school instrumental teacher prior to their audition).

               ETUDE & PRELUDE:  up to age 19

4. SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Students must be members of their school instrumental music program, if one exists. Wind and percussion students must be in their school band, and string students must be in their school orchestra, if these programs are offered at their school. Non-participation in  the school instrumental music program requires an approval letter submitted to the CSOYO Manager from the school band or orchestra director, prior to the student’s audition.


For more information, including audition dates and deadlines, membership application, audition fee, and audition materials, please visit the Auditions page here

***DIRECTORS: If you would like to schedule an in-person school visit or Zoom Informational Call with a YO Conductor/Representative to share this information with your students, please contact Stephanie Pearson, the CSOYO Manager, at csoyo@chattanoogasymphony.org to make arrangements.