RPYO 2018-2019 AUDITION Information



Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) New Student Auditions

When & Where:

All auditions except for percussion at RPO Offices at 108 East Ave in downtown Rochester. Percussion audition venue will be shared with applicants. 

Fri, Apr 20: 6PM-9PM: Woodwinds--Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon

Sat, Apr 21: 10AM-6PM: Strings--Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Sun, Apr 22: 5:30PM-6:30PM: Percussion

Mon, Apr 23: 6PM-9PM: Brass--Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone           

There are anticipated openings for all instruments in 2018-2019 except for harp and tuba.

Application Deadline:

Saturday March 31, 2018 firm deadline!!  

Audition Cost:


How to Apply:

Fill out an online audition application (opens in a new window)

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

We are in the process of moving these to our new website, but in the meantime please download them from Dropbox.  Thanks for your patience!



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