Youth Orchestra Auditions

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Auditions are held annually for our three performing ensembles: the Youth Symphony, the Youth Philharmonic, and the Premiere Strings. Three audition dates are scheduled for students wishing to join for the 2017/2018 season.
Please note: Since there are limited spots available for woodwinds, brass, and percussion in the Youth Symphony and the Youth Philharmonic, we recommend that students playing those instruments audition in June, not in August. Any remaining seats will be filled after the June auditions.

Friday, June 2, 2017 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. All audition times filled
Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All audition times filled
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

RJ Reynolds High School
Arts Building: Band Room
301 N. Hawthorne Rd., Winston-Salem

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What’s Required?

Students should be prepared to play one scale demonstrating their widest range and a 3-5 minute prepared solo piece. Students will also be asked to sight-read. Students auditioning for the Youth Symphony will also be asked to play one or two orchestral excerpts, available for download from the list.

Youth Symphony string auditionees will be required to play a three-octave scale.

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To audition, click one of the buttons below to schedule a time online. There is a $25 audition fee per family due the day of the audition. All timeslots on June 2 & 3 are now filled. Please contact Youth Orchestras Program manager, Charley Bryant, at (336) 725-1035 ext. 233 to request an alternative time.

June 2 or 3   August 26

Youth Symphony
Orchestral Excerpt Video Samples


WSS violinist Matvey Lapin performs the two Mozart excerpts.


Principal violist Simon Ertz performs the Mozart “Haffner” and Brahms 4 excerpts.


WSS cellist Emily Grissing performs the Beethoven 7 and Mozart 40 excerpts.

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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

The Winston-Salem Symphony receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Educational initiatives made possible with funding by Wells Fargo, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.