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. These dates/times are a DRAFT and the final schedule will be sent to each student before the auditions.

Mon 4/8/19: 4-6PM Brass

Tue 4/9/19: 5:30-9:00PM Woodwinds

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

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

Application Deadline:

Application Deadline for New Student Applications extended to March 15, 2019

Audition Cost:


How to Apply:

Fill out an online audition application here. The 2019 application is now closed.

This will be live next year for Spring 2020.

Qualifications for Applicants:

Applicants are students currently in grades 7 to 11. RPYO musicians are in grades 8-12.

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.

Attend an Open Rehearsal

For those students/families who want to experience a normal RPYO rehearsal before committing to an audition—attend an open rehearsal on Sunday Jan 27 or Sunday Feb 3 at First Unitarian Church at 220 Winton Rd S. Observation times are 2:30-3:15PM or 4-4:45PM. For security purposes please email inarotsky@rpo.org to inform us of observers’ attendance.

The Audition Process:

Students will play for the RPYO Music Director and RPO musicians for approximately 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. Provided standard orchestral excerpts. All excerpts provided for each instrument must be played. Student does not have a choice of which excerpt to play. Excerpts are obtainable through the RPYO website-link below.

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



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