Youth Orchestra Auditions

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Auditions are held in June and August for our three performing ensembles: the Youth Symphony, the Youth Philharmonic, and the Premiere Strings. All woodwinds, brass, and percussionists must audition in June since all spots will be filled after those auditions. String players have the choice to audition in either June or August.

*Important: All woodwinds, brass, and percussionists currently in WSSYO are required to re-audition for their spot in the program. Auditions should be scheduled for one of the June audition dates, not in August. Please fill out the Application Form below to schedule your audition.

For Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Strings:

Friday, June 1, 2018 4:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, June 2, 2018 9:00 – 3:00pm
Sunday June 3, 2018 1:00 – 5:00pm

For Strings:

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 9:00 – 3:00pm
Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 1:00 – 5:00pm


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, please click a button below to schedule and reserve an audition time. If you are new to our program, there is a $25 audition fee per family due on the day of the audition. Checks made out to WSSYO or cash are accepted. If you are already in the Youth Orchestras Program and are auditioning to move up to a higher group, or re-auditioning for the program (woodwinds/brass/percussion), there is no audition fee. Please contact Youth Orchestras Program manager, Charley Bryant, via email or (336) 725-1035 ext. 233 with any questions.

June Auditions August Auditions

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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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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.