Auditions are open to instrumentalists currently in grades 2-11 and singers currently in grades 8-11. Contact if you have questions about the registration and audition process. 

Thank you for your interest in the VYOA’s ensemble programs! Whether you’re a seasoned high school musician, a middle school musician with a year or more experience in your school band, orchestra or chorus, or an elementary school student who wants to play their string instrument in an orchestra, the VYOA has ensembles that offer you the opportunity to improve your musical skills, participate in exciting performances, and make new friends with other young musicians from throughout our region.

Information on this page is current as of February 2018.


How to join

Membership in our ensembles is offered based on each student’s audition. These ensembles include:

Our primary audition period is in May for the following season (beginning in August/September).

We also hear mid-season auditions for new students in December (to begin rehearsals in their placed ensemble in January). String students who demonstrate that they are qualified for a particular ensemble will typically be invited to join the ensemble best aligned with their capabilities. Wind, brass, and percussion students will be offered placement on a space-available basis.

No audition is required for Prelude!, Presto, or Summer Symphony Camp, which offers opportunities for our youngest musicians and for short session training. 

The VYOA does not require any payment for the opportunity to audition!

How to schedule your audition

All new vocal and instrumental students are invited to complete our online Audition Registration Form. Students are required to complete this form prior to their audition so that the audition committee has complete and current information about each student.

Please have the following information on hand when registering:

  • School information (including the name of your music teacher) for 2017-18
  • Name and contact information for your current private instructor, if applicable
  • The name of the solo you have prepared for your audition (if known at time of registration)

Once you complete the form, you will be assigned an audition day & time via email. All auditions take place at Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College in Fort Ethan Allen. If you wish to receive an audition appointment prior to filling out your registration, please send your request to

Please visit our Instrumental Auditions page for details about scale requirements and preparation, as well as information on what to expect during the audition experience.

Please visit our Vocal Auditions page for details about what to expect during the audition experience and what to prepare.

Note: Students planning to participate in Presto are not required to audition, but students may audition if they want to familiarize themselves with the audition experience and receive feedback.


Ensemble placement notification

Annual ensemble placements are finalized by VYOA artistic staff following the completion of auditions at the beginning of June. Students and their private instructors are notified of their placement via email by mid June. Feedback is available upon request by the student or their family.

Late and mid-season audition results and feedback are given within a few days of the student’s audition.

Any other questions? Check out the Instrumental Auditions or contact