PYSO Auditions for NEW Members


PYSO Auditions for NEW Members

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Season of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra have concluded. However, there are still openings for Viola, Cello, Bass, Horn, Trumpet and Percussion*. These auditions will be virtual as well as blind.

Email an audio recording (mp3 preferred) to by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 16, 2021.

There is no audition fee.

Interested applicants should fill out the online Audition Application and then submit ONE audio recording (sound ONLY, mp3 preferred, as the audition will be blind) that contains:

  1. First Movement of a Standard Concerto (about 2 minutes worth) followed by;
  2. All (of your instruments’) Excerpts are (click) HERE.

*Percussion applicants please click HERE for audition information and music excerpts.

Guidelines for the mp3 recording:

  • Start with (2 minutes worth) of your solo piece (note, solo piece not required of bass trombone), then;
  • Play all excerpts in the order that they are listed. If you have a false start, take one second and start again. Do NOT stop the recording or edit after recording. Recordings that are not continuous or that are edited will be disqualified.
  • Please submit your audition on mp3 or audio equivalent and email to Title the mp3 with your name and instrument as in, Jane Doe – Trumpet
  • Recording with personal or home devices is perfectly acceptable. Professional recordings are not necessary however, we suggest doing a test recording to be sure play back volume is not too soft and not distorted.

While there is no minimum age requirement, most members are in high school or college. We invite advanced music students who will be a freshman in college or who are currently an undergraduate in college (and who are not yet 20) to learn more about our Undergraduate Music Fellowship Program by following this link.

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