Requirements

SPRING AUDITIONS for the 2019 – 2020 concert season are as follows:

NEW MEMBER CANDIDATES 

  • Date: April 27, 2019
  • Time: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Wentz Concert Hall
    • North Central Collage
    • 171 E. Chicago Ave
    • Naperville, IL  60540
    • Note:  enter through the north entrance.

CURRENT YSDP MEMBERS

  • Date: April 29-May 3, 2019
  • Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
  • Goodwin Auditorium
    • Benedictine University
    • Lisle, IL
  • Youth Symphony of DuPage welcomes new musicians (advanced grade school through high school) to audition for our Sinfonietta Strings, Concert and Symphony Orchestras.
  • Auditions are open to all musicians with special consideration for talented wind, brass, and percussion musicians.
  • Limited openings are available.

AUDITION OVERVIEW

  1. YSDP auditions and seating for the Sinfonietta Strings, Concert and Symphony Orchestras are competitive.
  2. All new candidates and current members must participate in the audition process for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 season.
  3. Current member placement does not guarantee their same placement for the new season.
  4. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years playing experience on their instrument with private instruction and playing with proficiency for advanced orchestral performance.    Anything less requires a music teacher’s recommendation.
  5. Students may choose to audition for one of the orchestras by following the below criteria; completing the online applications and submitting the audition fee to YSDP.
  6. Please note, auditioning for Symphony Orchestra does not guarantee your placement in Symphony, you may be considered for Concert Orchestra.
  7. If you do not want to be considered for the Concert Orchestra, please note on your application.
  8. Those auditioning for Sinfonietta Strings and/or Concert Orchestra will not be considered for the Symphony Orchestra.
  9. Seating is at the music director’s discretion.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS 

For Sinfonietta Strings and Concert Orchestra, the requirements are:
  1. Two contrasting movements or solo pieces (does not need to be memorized)
  2. ONE major scale and ONE minor scale of their choice (2 octaves for winds and bass; 3 octaves for violin/viola/cello)
  3. Orchestral excerpts are NOT required
  4. No sight reading
  5. Please dress appropriately for your audition
For Symphony Orchestra, the requirements are:
  1. Two contrasting movements or solo pieces (does not need to be memorized)
  2. ONE major scale and ONE minor scale of their choice (2 octaves for winds and bass; 3 octaves for violin/viola/cello)
  3. Required orchestral excerpts (see below)
  4. No sight reading
  5. Please dress appropriately for your audition
Orchestral Excerpts (for Symphony auditions only)
(Attention WINDS:  Please select any three (3) excerpts of your choosing) 
PLEASE NOTE:  
  • New audition excepts will be posted no later than the beginning of 2019.
  • RE: harp, there are no plans for harp for the 2019-2020 season.
    • You may still audition, but selectees’ participation will be “on call.”
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass
Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Percussion
Snare
Timpani
Vibraphone

ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM

  1. Complete the On-line Application Form.
  2. Print TWO copies.  Please mail one copy and the non-refundable $25 audition fee in check form, payable to Youth Symphony of DuPage
  3. Keep the extra copy for your records.
  4. Put your student’s name in the memo portion of the check and mail to the following address.

Youth Symphony of DuPage
P.O. Box 55
Naperville, Illinois  60566

Upon receipt of your application and payment YSDP will email you a website link to sign-up for an available audition date and time.

ATTENTION ALL FEMALE CANDIDATES

  • YSDP requires all female musicians to purchase a velveteen long sleeve black dress to wear at all concerts.
  • Cost:  approximately $85.
  • Please click here for more information.

QUESTIONS?

  • For questions or to get your audition date / time expedited, please use the  Contact Us Form.
  • Please put “AUDITION” in the subject box.