Step-by-Step Guide to Joining OAYO
Step 1 - Consider the Ensemble
OAYO offers a range of ensembles and chamber music programs. This chart includes ensemble descriptions. Please use the chart to guide your ensemble selection or visit our Ensembles page,
Percussionists: please scroll down to the red highlighted portion under "Step 4" for your audition requirements
Note: Auditions are required for placement into Youth Concert Strings, Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony.
Step 3 - Register for an Audition
Registrations and audition fee payments are only accepted online. Contact if you need assistance.
Do I have to submit my recording when I click the link above?
No. You must register in order to receive a link to submit your recording.
Is there a fee to register for an audition?
If you register by April 2nd, the fee is $30.
If you register between April 3 and April 16, the fee is $45.
If you register after April 16, the fee is $45 plus a $3 convenience fee
When is the latest I can register for an audition?
Update: Audition registrations for 2021-2022 are still being accepted. Please register by May 23, 2021 if you have not yet signed up.
How do I submit my audition recording?
ALL AUDITIONS FOR 2021-2022 WILL BE SUBMITTED ONLINE
You must be registered in order to receive submission information. We will send you an email with instructions once you register.
What is the deadline to submit my audition recording?
All audition recordings for students who registered before April 16 are due by April 30, 2021 at 11:59PM.
If you registered after April 16, your audition recording must be submitted by June 7, 2021 at 11:59PM.
When will I know my audition results?
If accepted, you will be notified of your ensemble placement by June 1st, 2021 for all orchestras.
Students submitting their recording after May 1 will be notified of placement by July 1, 2021.
For any questions regarding registration, please contact our Programs Manager at email@example.com.
Step 4 - Review & Prepare
Read the preparation document found here.
For 2021-2022, most parts of the preparation document are still relevant, especially the tips from the music director. Remember, no ensembles will require excerpts or sight-reading for 2021-2022
For 2021-2022, the solo and scale parts of the rubric are accurate. Please disregard the sight-reading and excerpt portions.
1.prepare two short solo pieces (1-2) min each on two different percussion instruments of your choice
2. prepare one major and one minor scale on a mallet instrument of your choice.
3. play an A on the instrument and then sing the same pitch. The singing doesn’t have to sound nice, it just should be the same pitch.
If you don’t have access to instruments because of COVID-19 restrictions:
1. a demonstration of all rudiments you know on a drum pad
2. find an A from a metronome or an app and sing it (the singing doesn’t have to sound nice, it just should be the same pitch)
For 2021-2022: musicians do not need to prepare an excerpt for any ensemble.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
The artistic staff is happy to answer any questions and offer suggestions.