NUYS Auditions


This is the Youth Symphony audition page.

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony provides motivated high-school-level musicians with advanced symphonic experiences. 

  • Northern Utah Youth Symphony is a great place for committed musicians to grow as they reach for their potential! 
  • All new and returning musicians audition each year.  
  • Musicians have played their instruments for at least three years; many have private lessons, but private instruction is not required. (Looking for a private teacher? Here's our list!)
  • We request & encourage musicians to participate in their school music programs. Anyone with extenuating circumstances may contact us.
  • We rehearse Saturdays, 8:30 to 11:00 am, from mid-September through April, with 3 concerts per year. Rehearsals are at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning.
  • Audition dates for the current season are available on the calendar.
  • Please contact Julie Gardner, 435.740.4335 cell, for additional information.

Announcing 2021-2022 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 NUYS audition:

Click here to fill out our membership form:
We require all returning and prospective members to fill out our membership form before auditioning.
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 NUYS T-shirt link for your convenience. 

To sign up for an in-person audition, choose a time on this spreadsheet.  

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, and should be accomplished in just one video, not multiple videos. 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, 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. 
What to do next? After submitting your video link, you will be sent to this page with instructions on what to expect, information, etc. 
Important Note: 
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.  

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What to Prepare:

For your audition, please prepare three segments: (First) indicated scales, (Second) a 60-second solo, and (Third) an orchestral excerpt, as follows:


(First) Scales:

  • Scales must be played at least as quarter notes, MM=92 per note, although a faster tempo is encouraged. All scales are to be played ascending and descending (up and down).
Flute
2-1/2 Octave Chromatic Scale Low B to High F (Full Range)
Any 1-Octave Major Scale with its relative Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

Oboe
2-1/2 Octave Chromatic Scale Low Bb to High F (Full Range)Any 1-Octave Major Scale with its relative Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

Clarinet
3 Octave Chromatic Scale Low E to High F (Full Range)Any 1-Octave Major Scale with its relative Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

Bassoon
3-1/2 Octave Chromatic Scale Low Bb to High A (Full Range)Any 1-Octave Major Scale with its relative Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

French Horn
2-Octave Concert Bb (F) major scale
1 Octave of any Major Scale
Chromatic scale from Concert F (middle C) to as low as you can play and from Concert C (G in the staff) to as high as you can play

Trumpet
2-Octave Concert F (G) and Ab (Bb) Major Scales
1 Octave of any Major Scale
Chromatic scale from Concert E (F#) (lowest – 1, 2, 3 valves) to as high as you can play

Trombone
2-Octave F and Ab Major Scales
1 Octave of any Major Scale
Chromatic scale from E (lowest – 7th position/trigger 2nd) to as high as you can play

Tuba
2-Octave F and Ab Major Scales
1 Octave of any Major Scale
Chromatic scale from E (lowest) to as high as you can play

Percussion
Any 1-Octave major scale on bells
Any 1-Octave melodic minor scale on bells (which is Natural Minor descending)
10 Basic Snare Rudiments (your choice, i.e. rolls, flams, paradiddles, etc.)

Harp
Any Major Arpeggio, full range
Any Major 7th Arpeggio, full range

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)
Any 3-Octave Major Scale
Any 2-Octave Melodic Minor Scale (which is Natural Minor descending)

(Second) Solo:

  • A one minute (or slightly less) excerpt of a prepared solo, your choice. If you don't have a solo, reach out to us for resources. 

(Third) Orchestral Excerpt: 

Do the best you can with these. If you are having a hard time with a section, go online and listen to it a few times. It will come more easily. 

You may also skip a section if you need to.   

This section is complete! Final Update: 7/27/2021. 

We work with musicians who have marching band conflicts but they MUST communicate at the *beginning* of the season about *all* their conflicts, filling out the attendance form for every anticipated absence, and talking with the manager.


Audition Workshop


We will not be holding an Audition Workshop this year. The purpose of auditions is to prepare our musicians for the challenges of the music we will be playing during the year. We encourage you to watch last year's workshop; the videos are posted on YouTube. Click here for the main video. Be sure to see "Show More" below the video for a clickable timeline of the evening. Click here for the video from our brass specialist in the breakout class.