Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra
Audition Requirements

NUYCO rehearses Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:00 pm, mid-September through April, with a retreat and three concerts a year. Rehearsals are at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning.

Membership Requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years experience is recommended on your string instrument.  

  • Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the public school orchestra for a minimum of 2 trimesters or semesters, for the current school year. Please contact us if you have extenuating circumstances.

  • Although private lessons are encouraged, they are not a requirement for membership. Here's a list of local private teachers!
  • Orchestra Members are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts.
  • For questions or more information,  contact Josie Anderson, chamber@northernuthayouthsymphony.org.

If you are looking for info on our Concerto Auditions, they will be August 20. See our Concerto Audition page for more info. 
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How to Audition

In Person

Step 1: Click here to fill out our membership form:

We require all returning and prospective members to fill out our membership form before auditioning.
Step 2: After submitting this form, on the final screen, you will also be given a link to order your t-shirt. Collecting this info early will help with our ordering process. If you missed the link, here is the NUYCO T-shirt link for your convenience. 

 

Step 3: Sign up for an in-person audition, choose a time on this spreadsheet.  

Online

Step 1: Click here to fill out our membership form:

We require all returning and prospective members to fill out our membership form before auditioning.
Step 2: After submitting this form, on the final screen, you will also be given a link to order your t-shirt. Collecting this info early will help with our ordering process. If you missed the link, here is the NUYCO T-shirt link for your convenience. 

Step 3: Make a video recording of yourself, and upload it to YouTube, Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, Google Photos, or some other place in the cloud.

 

 Step 4:  Send us your link using this form, as soon as possible, even if it's after the priority deadline. Because multiple people will view your video, be sure your sharing settings allow anyone with the link to view. 

Your video must be unedited, and 5 minutes or less, and should be recorded in one take.
 
Here is a sample video script, if you need one.
We accept new video auditions ongoing throughout the year, but depending on the timing of your audition, we may ask you to wait to join rehearsals until after a concert performance, or sit in the back of the section until seating is adjusted.

Audition results will be posted via email and online. 

This can take some time, so please be patient.

While you wait, click here to download and read through our Handbook and fill out the required forms.

Important: 

  • Some schools don't start until after the audition date! Students who did not hear about the auditions soon enough are still encouraged to audition! We will not exclude you for missing the audition deadline.  

Audition Requirements

 

  • This orchestra is intended for a skill level of about Suzuki book 2-5, or equivalent.

  • Audition materials are recommended guidelines, not strict requirements.

     

    Scales: 

    - 2 or 3-octave major scale

    - 1 or 2-octave melodic minor scale

 

Solo: 60 seconds or less of a prepared solo

 

Prepared excerpts as follows:  All are downloadable from this folder, or click on separate parts below. 

- Violin

- Viola

- Cello

- Bass

- Piano/Harp