Auditions will be held on May 31, June 1, and June 2, 2019, then again on August 24 and 25, for our three performing ensembles: the Youth Symphony, the Youth Philharmonic, and the Premiere Strings. All woodwind, brass, and percussion players should sign up for the first audition weekend in June since space is limited.
Friday, May 31 // 4:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, June 1 // 9am – 3:00pm
Sunday, June 2 // 1:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday, Aug. 24 // 9:00 – 3:00pm
Sunday, Aug. 24 // 1:00 – 5:00pm
RJ Reynolds High School
Arts Building: Band Room
301 N. Hawthorne Rd., Winston-Salem
- One scale and arpeggio 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. All-County Audition excerpts are accepted as a solo piece.
Premiere Strings: 1-2 minutes
Youth Philharmonic/Youth Symphony: 2-3 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. Please note that the excerpts listed are in the process of being updated, so please check back regularly.
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.
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.