Requirements

AUDITION SCHEDULE

SPRING AUDITION dates for the 2018 – 2019 concert season are as follows:

  • New member candidates
    • April 28, 2018
    • 9:00am – 3:00pm
    • Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois
  • Current YSDP members
    • April 30 – May 4, 2018
    • 5:00pm – 10:00pm
    • Goodwin Auditorium, Benedicine University, Lisle, Illinois

AUDITION OVERVIEW

  1. YSDP auditions and seating for the Concert and Symphony Orchestras are competitive.
  2. All new candidates and current members must participate in the audition process for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 season.
  3. Current member placement does not guarantee their same placement for the new season.
  4. Candidates must be starting 5th grade or older by the fall of 2018.
  5. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years playing experience on their instruments.  Anything less requires a music teacher’s recommendation.
  6. 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.
  7. Please note, auditioning for Symphony Orchestra does not guarantee your placement in Symphony, you may be considered for Concert orchestra.
  8. If you do not want to be considered for the Concert orchestra, please note on your application.
  9. Those auditioning for Concert will not be considered for the Symphony orchestra.
  10. Seating is at the music director’s discretion.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS 

For 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) 
Percussion

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

YSDP will notify you of your audition date, time and location by phone or email.

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.