Strings for Youth Symphony, Concert Orchestra and Preparatory Orchestra
Woodwinds for Youth Symphony & Concert Orchestra  
Brass for Youth Symphony & Concert Orchestra 
French Horn
Percussion for Youth Symphony, Concert Orchestra and/or Percussion Ensemble
Snare Drum
Small Ensembles can be paired with orchestra membership,
and are also open to separate audition

Audition Application

Youth Music Illinois Online Audition Application

Upon receiving your Audition Application and $25 application fee, you will be contacted by to schedule your audition time.

Audition Sign up

If this is your first time auditioning or you missed out auditioning in May, please sign up for an ENTRY AUDITION time slot.

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date Open Spots  
YS violin hearings August 11, 2018 4
CICO violin hearings August 11, 2018 7
ENTRY AUDITIONS (Aug 11th) August 11, 2018 12
YS low strings hearings August 12, 2018 4
CICO low strings hearings August 12, 2018 7
YS winds hearings August 12, 2018 5
YS brass hearings August 12, 2018 1
CICO brass and winds hearings August 12, 2018 5
ENTRY AUDITIONS (Aug 12th) August 12, 2018 10

Audition Requirements

All students who audition will need to indicate on their application form the orchestra and/or small ensemble they would like to join and prepare the following:

1. Solo of your choice (approximately 2 minutes in length)
2. Scales as indicated for your instrument and chosen orchestra
3. An excerpt for your chosen orchestra. Conductors are looking for a limited time frame to learn and play the piece, not memorize it
4. A brief sight-reading excerpt may be included for your audition.
5. Students auditioning for a small ensemble only should bring a prepared solo and scales for Concert Orchestra or Youth Symphony, to the best of your ability
6.  Percussion students should prepare one snare, one timpani and one mallet piece from the provided excerpts in addition to the tambourine and triangle excerpt.

Links to Excerpts

Youth Symphony ~ Big Jazz ~ Concert Orchestra ~ Prep Orchestra

Note from Music Director David Commanday:  Work hard to prepare for your audition, but don’t stress out too much – the judges, and all of is at the Central Illinois Youth Symphony are ON YOUR SIDE!  We look forward to hearing you in August!

Rachel, Program Manager will email you upon receipt of your application to schedule your audition.

In order to schedule an audition you must submit an application (online or mail) and application fee in advance.