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Audition - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the Audition consist of, and how long will it take?

The audition will consist of a prepared piece of the students choosing, two scales of the students choosing, and then, depending on the instrument and ensemble auditioning for, 1-3 orchestral excerpts of the conductors choosing.  These excerpts will be placed on-line by the end of January along with information on how to sign up for an audition time.

On the day of the audition, please arrive 20-30 minutes before your assigned time in order to check in and warm up.  We try to run auditions on schedule as much as possible, but you should also be prepared to wait if necessary.  Auditions last 3-5 minutes depending on the age of the musician and the ensemble for which you are applying.  Harp and Percussion auditions last 7-10 minutes.

2. Which Ensemble should I apply for?

It may be helpful to read the ensemble descriptions below. You may also want to listen to each group. With your private teacher’s help, you should be able to make a decision. If you are still unsure, that is okay. You will be placed in the appropriate ensemble based on the abilities that you demonstrate in the audition.

For some ensembles, there are age limitations set by school grade level. If you have skipped a grade in school or have any other special circumstance that may be a factor in your placement, please contact the GDYO office. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Details for each ensemble—including rehearsal times, locations, and tuition—are subject to change.  Details will be confirmed by mail upon acceptance into the GDYO program.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO)

Conductor: Richard Giangiulio

The full symphony orchestra with the most advanced students performs four concerts of major symphonic repertoire at the Meyerson Symphony Center.  The GDYO has close ties to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as members of the DSO serve as coaches for sectionals. Members are high school seniors or younger.

GDYO is excited to announce the 2015 International Tour of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra with music director Richard Giangiulio.  Musicians auditioning for the 2014-15 season of the top ensemble are expected to participate in this fantastic, life-changing experience.  Tentatively, this will be a 12-14-day tour, in mid-late June of 2015, for approximately $4,000-$4,500. Limited scholarship assistance covering up to one-half the total cost will be available.  Parent chaperones will be welcome (and necessary).  We look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming months!

  • Who can audition for GDYO: Very advanced players who demonstrate the full range of abilities for their instruments.
  • Accepting instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, String bass, Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Percussion (multi skill), Harp
  • Rehearsals: Sunday, 5:00pm-8:30pm at Sammons Center for the Arts
  • Tuition 2014-15: $580
  • Audition requirements: CLICK HERE

Philharmonic

Conductor: James Frank

A full symphony orchestra for advanced students, performs three concerts of works from the standard orchestral repertoire.  DSO and local professional musicians serve as coaches for sectionals. Members are high school seniors or younger.

  • Who can audition for Phil: Students who demonstrate an advanced set of abilities on their instrument.
  • Accepting instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, String bass, Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Percussion (multi skill), Harp
  • Rehearsals: Sunday, 1:45pm-4:15pm at Sammons Center for the Arts
  • Tuition 2014-15: $500
  • Audition requirements: CLICK HERE

Wind Symphony

Conductor: Nicholas Williams

A highly advanced wind symphony, performs four concerts of the finest wind band literature.  The Wind Symphony has close ties to the Dallas Wind Symphony and members of DWS serve as coaches for sectionals.  Each season the GDYO Wind Symphony performs a side-by-side concert with the Dallas Wind Symphony. Members are high school seniors or younger.

  • Who can audition for WS: Advanced players who demonstrate the full range of abilities on their instruments.
  • Accepting instruments: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone (AS,TS, BS), Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Harp
  • Rehearsals: Sunday, 1:00 pm -4:00 pm at University of North Texas
  • Tuition 2014-15: $500
  • Audition requirements: CLICK HERE

Sinfonietta

Conductor: James Frank

Upper level string only ensemble, performs three concerts of professional and high school level pieces from the string orchestra repertoire. Member are high school juniors or younger

  • Who can audition for Sinfonietta: Students who demonstrate a high level of music literacy, advanced shifting and bowing techniques and mature musicianship in an ensemble setting.
  • Accepting instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, String bass
  • Rehearsals: Sunday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Sammons Center for the Arts.
  • Tuition 2014-15: $420
  • Audition requirements: CLICK HERE

Dallas String Ensemble (DSE)

Conductor: Susan Younghans

An intermediate level string orchestra,  performs three concerts each season. Members are 9th graders or younger.

  • Who can audition for DSE: Students must demonstrate early-advanced bowing techniques, reading music, shifting proficiency and should be comfortable using vibrato.
  • Accepting instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, String bass
  • Rehearsals: Sunday, 3:30pm-5:30pm at Sammons Center for the Arts.
  • Tuition 2014-15: $360
  • Audition requirements: CLICK HERE

Young Performers Orchestra (YPO)

Conductor: Susan Younghans

A preparatory string orchestra, performs three concert each season. Members are normally 4th through 7th graders.  In rare cases, students younger than 4th grade may be accepted on a space available basis if they can comfortably demonstrate the skills listed below.

  • Who can audition for YPO: Students should demonstrate left hand accuracy in first position, beginning shifting and music reading skills.
  • Accepting instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, String bass
  • Rehearsals: Sunday, 1:00pm -3:00pm at Sammons Center for the Arts.
  • Tuition 2014-15: $360
  • Audition requirements: CLICK HERE

Flute Choir

Conductor: Priscilla Holt

An ensemble consisting of members of the flute family: piccolo, C flute, alto flute and bass flute.  Alto flutes and bass flute  are provided by GDYO. The Flute Choir performs three concerts of flute choir literature each season.  Members are high school seniors or younger.

  • Who can audition for Flute Choir: Players who demonstrate the full range of abilities on flute.
  • Accepting instruments: Flute/Piccolo
  • Rehearsals: Sunday 1:30pm - 3:30pm at UNT in Denton.
  • Tuition 2014-15: $400
  • Audition requirements: CLICK HERE

3. Do I need to have my audition music memorized?

No. Memorization is not necessary.

4. Can I request an audition time/date?

If you apply early, there is a chance we can honor audition time and date requests. However, due to the judges' schedules, some instruments may only audition during certain times on certain dates.  You will be given a chance to indicate audition time/date requests on the audition application.

5. When will I receive my audition time/ date?

You will receive an email from auditions@gdyo.org with your audition date and time. If you do not receive this email two weeks before the first scheduled audition date for your instrument, please call the GDYO office. Chances are, there has been a problem with the service. It is your responsibility to follow up with the GDYO office about securing an audition time.

6. Do I need to dress up for the audition?

Dressing up is not mandatory. Most people wear dressy-casual, comfortable clothes to the audition.

7. When do I apply for financial aid?

After you are accepted into one of the orchestras, please call the GDYO office to request a need-based financial aid form if you would like to apply for aid. Financial aid only covers the tuition (or a portion of the tuition); it does not cover the $25 application fee.

8. When and how will I find out the results of the audition?

You will not receive any audition results over the phone or on the website. Letters containing audition results will be mailed after all auditions have concluded. Typically, the date of the mailing is advertised during auditions, so you know when to expect the letter. Under NO circumstances will results be given over the phone.

9. Am I expected to be a part of my school music program?

Yes. The GDYO expects all students to be enrolled in their school music program provided one is available. The GDYO ensembles are meant to enhance, not replace the school music program. The school music program provides daily instruction, opportunities for leadership, and teaches group and community cooperation.

Exceptions are made to the GDYO policy for the school music program on a case by case basis. These exceptions are considered rare and are not encouraged or recommended. Any situation must be discussed with the conductor and operations manager and a decision will then be made if the situation warrants an exception to the policy.

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