Midyear Auditions for 2021-22 Season
“I love being in the music I‘m playing. It’s one thing to sit at home and just hear yourself, but to sit in the middle of a bunch of notes, rhythms, harmonies, and instruments is magical.” – Madeline
Please Note: The VYOA has a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all musicians.
All students 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022. The due date for students ages 5-11 to be fully vaccinated is to be determined. We recognize that students in this age group will most likely not be able to be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022 and we will notify you of this deadline as more information becomes available. Unvaccinated students will need to submit a weekly negative PCR test to participate.
The VYOA is now accepting registrations for midyear auditions for our 2021-2022 season. We are welcoming students grades 3-12 playing Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, and Percussion.
Audition requirements include a solo, scale with arpeggio, an orchestral excerpt, and sight reading. All elements are used to find the ensemble where young musicians will grow the most, artistically and personally, over the next season. The VYOA offers robust financial aid support annually, ensuring that no child is turned away due to economic hardship. If a musician is not placed in a VYOA orchestra, there are a number of training programs they can be a part of that will support them in their growth and love of music.
I enjoy the feeling of family that comes with orchestra, and how we all come from different backgrounds and experiences to create one piece of art.
There’s something special about the process of creating music not alone, but with others. I love the inherently collaborative nature of orchestra – it’s like a giant group project where every person has a distinct role. It’s hard to articulate, but I guess it’s the feeling of being a part of something much bigger and grander than yourself while still knowing that you had a hand in shaping that something.
Friends! The relationships I’ve formed through playing in an orchestra have had such a positive impact on my life. The sound is also incredible- there’s nothing quite like sitting in the middle of an orchestra. It’s so easy to lose yourself in the music.
There are many benefits to being part of an orchestra. In addition to musicians having a “feeling of family,” VYOA musicians seek to be part of something bigger when making music. For many, they build great friendships along the way, too.
Our musicians benefit greatly from being a part of the VYOA. Performances by our ensembles are highly valued in our community and have been enjoyed throughout the world. Members of the VYOA have a love of music, are committed to developing their artistry, and build lifelong friendships through the music-making experience.