Auditions

Auditions

Auditions allow us to create the best conditions for learning and to maintain our standards of excellence. All returning and prospective members of OYO must audition. (view Audition Brochure )

Spring Auditions for 2017-2108 Season are now over. Fall auditions will take place at Varner Hall, Oakland University on Tuesday, August 29th. Please visit the website in early August for a complete list of instrument openings.

OYO does not discrimate against individuals with disabilities.  Our goal is to offer the same opportunity to all students.

We offer four levels of orchestras:

Studio String
Advanced Beginner
String musicians only (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)
Suzuki books 1 (completed) through 3. Generally grades 3 through 7.
Studio String Orchestra focuses on building reading and ensemble skills.
String
Intermediate
String musicians only (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)
Suzuki books 4 through 6. Generally grades 3 through 9.
Philharmonia
Advanced Intermediate
Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion
Suzuki book 5+ or comparable (Strings). Generally grades 7 through 12
Symphony
Advanced
Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion
Generally High School musicians

Click here for a listing of our past repertoire

Fall Auditions for the upcoming 43rd Season

Fall Auditions will take place on Tuesday, August 29th. Audition signup for new members will begin in early August. Please check back to the website then.

Detailed Audition Schedule is not yet available for Spring 2017-18

Audition Requirements

  • For Studio Strings: 2-3 minutes showing technique and tone quality. The solo will be heard unaccompanied and does not need to be memorized.
  • For String Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Symphony: 3 to 4 minutes showing technique and tone quality. The solo will be heard unaccompanied and does not need to be memorized.
  • For percussionists: If you play keyboard, prepare a solo on your chosen instrument and drums. You must supply your own mallets and sticks. Instruments will be available at the audition site.
  • Sight reading: For all levels of auditions. Materials will be chosen by the conductors.
    If you would like to audition on more than one instrument you must be prepared to perform a solo on each instrument you would like to play in the orchestra, and schedule an audition time for each instrument.

Scales are not required for any audition.