WSSYO Audition Information

Join us!

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

View Map

What’s Required?

  • 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.

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

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.

Tagged with:
Posted in Youth Orchestras
Concerts & Tickets
Full List of Performances
Concerts by Series
Classics Concerts
Plugged-In Pops Series
Discovery Concerts for Kids

Tickets and Subscriptions
Box Office Policies
Benefits of Subscribing
Subscriber Entertainment Card
Musicians of the Orchestra
Symphony Chorus
Administrative Staff
Board of Directors
Employment & Auditions
Symphony Vision and Mission
Youth Orchestras
P.L.A.Y. Music  NEW!
Educational Programs
Instrument Petting Zoo!
Peter Perret Youth Talent Search
Discovery Concerts for Kids
Meet Symphony Sam!  NEW!
Donate Now
Corporate Support Opportunities
Advertise with Us!  NEW!
Our Sponsors
Stock Transfers
Planned Giving
Subscribe to our Feed
Press Releases
Advertise with Us!
Musicians Login
Board Login
Chorus Login
Youth Orchestra Login
Bell Davis Pitt BB&T arts council logo NC arts council logo

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.