NUYCO Auditions

NUYCO rehearses Saturdays, 9:30 to 11:00 am, 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.

Announcing 2021-22 Auditions

Priority Submission Deadline & In-Person Auditions: August 21st, 2021
You may submit your audition online, or come audition in person this year. All in-person auditions will take place on August 21st and will be video recorded for reference as seating is determined. If you can't audition in person August 21st, please use the video option.
If you are looking for info on our Concerto Auditions, they will be August 14. See our Concerto Audition page for more info. 
To Prepare for your NUYCO Audition:

Fill out our membership form
We require all returning and prospective members to fill out our membership form before auditioning.
After submitting this membership 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 the link doesn't work as described for the t-shirt order, here is another chance to access the form.

To sign up for an in-person audition, choose a time on this spreadsheet. 
How to submit a video audition:

After submitting the membership form & ordering your shirt (see above), make a video [preferred] or audio recording of yourself, and upload it to YouTube, Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, Google Photos, or some other place in the cloud, then 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 or recording must be unedited, and 5 minutes or less. This means you should submit a video where all the steps of your audition are performed in one take.
Here is a sample video script. 
We accept new 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. 
What to do next? After submitting your video link, you will be sent to the post-audition instructions page

Important Note: 
Some schools don't start until after the audition date! Students who did not hear about the auditions are encouraged to audition as soon as possible! We will not exclude you for missing the priority deadline.  


Audition Preparation - What to put in the video!

This orchestra is intended for a skill level of about Suzuki book 2-5, or equivalent.
Audition materials are recommended guidelines, not strict requirements.

2 or 3-octave major scale
1 or 2-octave melodic minor scale

60 seconds or less of a prepared solo

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


     (Excerpts updated July 5th, 2021)