Starting in the 2024/2025 Season

Dr. Sobieski, NJSYO Music Director


The NJSYO Concerto Competition is open to high school seniors who have been members of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra for three years. Only students who complete all of the requirements and follow the established deadlines will be eligible to participate. Students who
missed any SYO Winter or Spring Concerts during their tenure in the orchestra are not eligible to audition.

Audition Process

  • Seniors interested in auditioning for the solo with the SYO will sign up by completing a form sent out by the Music Director during the Spring season of their junior year. The form will ask participants to include the following information:
    • Student name and contact information
    • Parent/Guardian name and contact information
    • Instrument*
    • Complete title and composer of the piece
    • Name and information of private teacher (phone number and email address)
    • Number of years playing the instrument
    • Number of years of taking private lessons
    • Number of years as a member of the NJSYO
  • The information provided will be verified
  • Upon completion of the form, an audition will be scheduled at the start of the Fall season. Students will perform the chosen solo in front of the NJSYO jury. Three copies of the piano reduction score must be provided to the jury at the time of the audition.

*Please note that students can audition on a instrument different from the one they perform in SYO

Solo Selection

  • A single movement of a concerto, double concerto (i.e. Sinfonia Concertante by Mozart for Violin and Viola), or triple concerto (i.e. Beethoven Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano) will be accepted. It is the recommendation of the Music Director that a first movement, or a pair of movements two and three are performed (slow/fast).
  • It is not required, but strongly recommended that the piece is memorized.

Audition Results and Concerto Performance

  • The NJSYO jury will select a Concerto Competition Winner. The decision will be final.
  • The Music Director will have a final say in the selection of the winner. More than one winner can be chosen any given year.
  • Instrumentation of the orchestral accompaniment will be considered. The instrumentation must fit the current SYO orchestration.
  • Selected student(s) will perform at one of the NJSYO concerts – Winter or Spring. The performance date will be decided by the music director. The decision will be final.
  • It is up to the discretion of the Music Director to decide if the soloist will be accompanied by the SYO or the Chamber Ensemble.
  • Taking under consideration the artistic integrity of the organization, the NJSYO jury has the option of not selecting a winner in a given year.