Registration for our annual placement auditions is open for the upcoming 2017-2018 season!  Auditions will be available for instrumentalists currently in grades 2-11 and singers currently in grades 5-11. Register here or 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 March 2017

How to join

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

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

We also hear late auditions for new and returning students from June to September (for full season placement) and mid-season auditions for new students in December (for Winter/Spring placement). In these later auditions, 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 our shorter programs such as Presto strings and Summer Symphony Camp.

If you are interested in joining our choral program, please email for instructions on how to join.

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

How to schedule a placement audition

All new students are invited complete our online Audition Registration Form. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this registration 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 2016-17
  • 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 (or contacted to schedule an audition). If you wish to receive an audition appointment prior to filling out your registration, please send your request to

Requests for adjustments to existing audition times can also be sent to

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

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

Learn more about instrumental auditions

Ensemble placement notification

Annual ensemble placements are finalized by VYOA ensemble leaders following the completion of auditions at the beginning of June. Students and their private instructors are notified of their placement and given feedback about their auditions via email by mid June.

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

Audition info in brief

When: Annual placement auditions take place in May for the season beginning the following August. Auditions can be heard at other times of the year by appointment, with placements offered on a “space available” basis

Where: All auditions take place at the VYOA’s home, the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College, 223 Ethan Allen Avenue in Colchester, VT

Who can audition? Musicians who will be in grades 3-12 during the 2016-17 school year are eligible to audition. Younger instrumental musicians may be permitted to audition on the recommendation of their private instructor or school music teacher.

How can I schedule an audition? Click here to register, and we will contact you to set up an appointment. Or, send an email to and we’ll be in touch to schedule an audition time for you.

What do I need to prepare for my audition? Visit the Instrumental Auditions page for this information.

How much does it cost? There is no fee for students to audition.

How will I find out my audition results? Annual and mid-year placement results are communicated to families via email.

Any other questions? Check out the Instrumental Auditions or contact