Audition Requirements

A TYSA audition is not a competition—it’s a holistic process that helps our conductors place everyone in an orchestra that challenges AND nourishes them. When auditioning, you’ll audition by instrument, not for a specific ensemble.

All Students

Please prepare a solo of your choice (without accompaniment) that demonstrates technical proficiency, tone production, and musicianship; it is helpful to consult your music teacher when selecting your solo. You may be stopped before you complete your piece, since this is an audition and not a performance. A short excerpt from an orchestral score will be provided for sight-reading. 

In the instance that you cannot make it on your assigned audition day, you will need to submit a private YouTube video in lieu of an in-person audition. Your video, required forms, and audition fee are due by August 1st. 

Click here for video recording instructions.

All Middle School and Elementary Students

Please prepare a scale of your choice in addition to your solo.

Percussionists Only: 9th Grade and Up

In addition to a solo of your choice, please also print and prepare ALL of the excerpts linked below to the best of your ability for your audition. If you have questions about your preparation, please contact Megan Berkinshaw, Operations Manager, at


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