RPYO 2019-2020 New Student AUDITION Information



Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) New Student Auditions

When & Where:

All auditions are at RPYO’s rehearsal venue, First Unitarian Church at 220 Winton Rd South. The times and instrument groupings may change as they depend upon the number of auditioning students.

Sun 4/7/19: 5:00-6:00PM Percussion

Mon 4/8/19: 4-6PM Brass & some others depending on registrations

Tue 4/9/19: 5:30-9:00PM Woodwinds & some others depending on registrations

Sat 4/13/19: 9AM-4PM Strings

There are anticipated openings for all instruments in 2019-2020 except for tuba.

Application Deadline:

Yearly Deadline for New Student Applications is March 1

Audition Cost:


How to Apply:

Fill out an online audition application (opens in a new window). Application link will be made live after Jan 1, 2019

Qualifications for Applicants:

Student is currently in grades 7 to 11.

Student is at an advanced playing level, equivalent in most cases to NYSSMA level 6.

Student interested in playing classical music.

Student wishes to be musically inspired by working with talented professional musicians.

The Audition Process:

Students will play for the RPYO Music Director and RPO musicians for a total of 8 minutes. 
Students will play without accompaniment the following:

1. One or two short musical selections of the student’s choice (~5min total) containing contrasting slow/expressive and fast/technical passages.

2. Standard orchestral excerpts that will be provided upon application.

3. An adjudicator-selected, sight-reading passage.



Audition Excerpts— uploaded Jan 2019


We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions both about the RPYO audition process (as well as the RPYO program as a whole).