1. When Are Auditions?
Auditions take place in the spring of each year (March-April). Specific audition dates and times for each instrument will be posted by early February. Audition times are assigned by the GDYO office, however, when you fill out your audition application, you will have an opportunity to let us know if you have any conflicts with the audition dates for your instrument.
2. Can I audition for the Orchestral Program and GDYO Jazz?
Unfortunately, no. Due to our audition and placement processes, students may only audition for either GDYO Jazz OR for the Orchestral Program (which includes all other GDYO ensembles). We require this decision to be made before completing your audition application.
3. Can you add me to your Audition Information Email list?
Detailed information about auditions is posted on this website in early February. To be added to our audition email list, click here, and you will receive an email as soon as information goes live! Information will include audition excerpts, audition dates and times, and the application form.
4. Which Ensemble should I audition for?
It may be helpful to read the ensemble descriptions here. 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.
5. Do I need to have my audition music memorized?
No. Memorization is not necessary.
6. 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.
7. When will I receive my audition time/ date?
You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.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.
8. Do I need to dress up for the audition?
Dressing up is not mandatory. Most people wear dressy-casual, comfortable clothes to the audition.
9. When do I apply for financial aid?
After you are accepted into one of the orchestras, please contact 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 $30 application fee.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. What does the audition consist of, and how long will it take?
All auditions are held at the Sammons Center for the Arts (3630 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas TX 75219)
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.
13. What is the tuition
The tuition for the current year is:
Wind Symphony $530
Dallas String Ensemble $410
Young Performers Ensemble $410
Flute Choir $430
GDYO Jazz $500
Tuition is subject to change and will be confirmed in your acceptance letter.