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. There is one final audition weekend scheduled for students wishing to join for the 2017/2018 season.
Please note: Flute and Trumpet positions for both the Youth Symphony and the Youth Philharmonic have been filled. There is very limited availability for other wind and brass instruments in the Youth Symphony. Please contact Charley Bryant regarding vacancies if you are a wind player interested in joining the Youth Symphony only.

Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 27, 2017 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

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What’s Required?

  • One scale demonstrating your widest range. Youth Symphony string auditionees will be required to play a three-octave scale.
  • A prepared solo piece of your choice, preferably not ensemble music.
    Premiere Strings: 1-2 minutes
    Youth Philharmonic/Youth Symphony: 3-5 minutes
  • Sight-reading, which will be given to you at the audition.
  • Students auditioning for the Youth Symphony will also be asked to play one or two orchestral excerpts, available for download from the list.

Apply now!

To audition, click the button below to schedule a time online. There is a $25 audition fee per family due the day of the audition. Please contact Youth Orchestras Program manager, Charley Bryant, via email or (336) 725-1035 ext. 233 with any questions.

Apply online.

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.