All students wishing to join the NJSYO must audition. Please refer to the audition requirements below for the appropriate orchestra or ensemble. The link for audition registration can be found on the main page of this site (https://www.njsyo.org).
Note that auditions are progressive, and so although all audition elements must be prepared you will not necessarily be asked to present them all. Please also note that if an applicant is not deemed ready for audition to a particular orchestra, the NJSYO will automatically consider the applicant for a group suitable to the student’s age, experience and ability.
** IMPORTANT: STUDENTS WILL REMAIN IN THE ORCHESTRA THEY AUDITIONED FOR AND WERE ACCEPTED INTO FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON, UNLESS MOVED BY CONDUCTOR REQUEST. **
Preparatory String Orchestra
Concert Youth Orchestra
The Concert Youth Orchestra (CYO) is open to string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players in the 5th grade and above. The CYO is designed to expose students to the symphonic repertoire, and to hone skills in orchestral playing. Students should also be taking private lessons as well.
All applicants should bring 2 photocopies of their prepared solo pieces for use by the audition committee.
Symphonic Youth Orchestra
The Symphonic Youth Orchestra (SYO) is open to string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players in the 9th grade and above. The SYO performs the full symphonic repertoire, and provides advanced orchestral experience for young musicians. Students must also be taking private lessons as well.
NJSYO Chamber Ensemble
*All selections are expected to be performed with appropriate (and steady) tempo, articulations, dynamics, and vibrato, with good intonation and tone, strong rhythm, and musical maturity.
NJSYO Wind Ensemble
*All selections are expected to be performed with appropriate (and steady) tempo, articulations, and dynamics, with good intonation and tone, strong rhythm, and musical maturity.