Student Info

Jul 31, 2018

We are excited you are interested in auditioning for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program.
Audition information for the 2019-20 Season will be available on-line by February.

Please see below for our Audition FAQ

If you have any questions about 2019-20 auditions, please don’t hesitate to email us at
If you would like to be added to the audition email list, please click here. Audition information for the 2019-2020 season will be available on this site by February of 2019. If you have not done so already, you can look over the Audition FAQs, Audition Requirements, etc.

Note: If you auditioned this spring (for the 2018-2019 season), results will be mailed by May 14, 2018.
No results be given over the phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
Can I audition for both the Orchestral Program and Jazz?
No, you must choose before you fill out the audition application. Due to our audition and placement processes, you must choose to audition for Jazz or choose to audition for the orchestral program (which includes all other GDYO ensembles). You cannot do both.
Can you add me to your Audition Information Email list?
Detailed information about auditions is posted on this website in early February. For example, audition information for the 2018-2019 season will be available in February of 2018. 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.
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)


Wind Symphony


Dallas String Ensemble (DSE)

Young Performers Orchestra (YPO)

Flute Choir



Program Director: Kris Berg

GDYO Jazz includes both a jazz band and small jazz combos. Students audition for the jazz band and jazz combos are created from those that apply. Not everyone selected for the jazz band will be selected for a combo. Members are high school students, or very strong middle school students
The Jazz Band is directed by Kris Berg, while Dr. Alex Fraile will instruct the Jazz Combos
In addition to the band and combo rehearsals, UNT Regents Professor Dan Hurley will teach all members Jazz Music Theory

    • Who can audition for GDYO Jazz: Students who demonstrate at least a strong foundation on their instrument up to an advanced set of abilities on their instrument. Knowledge of jazz techniques is recommended.
    • Accepting instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drumset, Trumpet, Trombone, Alto sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone sax. If your instrument is not on this list, email jazz to discuss placement.
    • Rehearsals: Sunday 2:00 – 6:00 at Eastfield College (3737 Motley Dr, Mesquite, TX 75150)
      *(Times subject to change. rehearsal times will be confirmed upon acceptance)
    • 2:00 – 3:30 Jazz Band
    • 3:40 – 4:30 Music theroy
    • 4:30 – 6:00 Combo Rehearsal
Do I need to have my audition music memorized?
No. Memorization is not necessary.
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.
When will I receive my audition time/ date?
You will receive an email from 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.
Do I need to dress up for the audition?
Dressing up is not mandatory. Most people wear dressy-casual, comfortable clothes to the audition.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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