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

This year, auditions will take place entirely online. All video submissions are due by 12:00pm on Monday, May 18.

The VYOA welcomes students entering grades 3 through 12 to audition for the 2020-2021 academic year. Audition requirements include a solo, scale with arpeggio, and an orchestral excerpt. 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.

Why Orchestra?

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.

– David

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.

– Nathan

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.

– Sophie

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.

VYOA Membership

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.