Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic we are asking all of our applicants for the 2020-2021 season to submit a video audition.

Please record your audition in a quiet, well lit space with your camera set up four to six feet away from you. You and your instrument must be visible in the recording. Violin example. Cello Example.

For those auditioning for an orchestra or wind ensemble: Please record your audition in the following order

1. Two scales of your choice
The number of octaves played, tempo, dynamics and articulation are your choice, but consider offering a contrast between these elements in the two scales.  A steady tempo on all scales will be appreciated.

2. Orchestral excerpts if auditioning for Flute Choir, Wind Symphony, Philharmonic or GDYO in the order listed on the excerpts.

3. Solo of your choice, with no accompinst. Please limit the solo to between 3 and 5 minutes.


For those auditioning for a jazz ensemble: Please refer to the jazz audition requirements


The entirety of your audition should be recorded in one single, unedited video

Please upload your video to YouTube and title it Student Name” “Instrument” GDYO Audition. Then mark it as either “Public” or “Unlisted” and submit the URL using the form below. Do not mark as “Private”

We will have results out no later than June 30, for that reason we will not accept videos submitted after the due date.

2020-2021 GDYO Audition Video Submission Deadlines

Brass and WoodwindMay 10
Jazz (all instruments)May 10
String and HarpMay 24

If you do not have a YouTube account, here is how to create one and upload your video.

Go to YouTube.com and click ‘sign in’ in the top right corner of the page and log in to your Google account

Once there click on your google account icon and select “Create a Channel”

You may set up your channel as you choose, or simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Set up later”

Once your page is created, simply click on the button that says. “Upload Video”

Please follow the instructions to upload and title your video:


Please list the video as either Public or Unlisted and copy and paste the link onto the form above.

Do not list video as private as the link will be shared with more than one conductor.

Do not forget to hit save to complete the process.

If you don’t already have a Google account set up, you’ll need to create one before you get started on YouTube. To do this, simply follow these steps:

  1. Head to YouTube.com
  2. Click ‘Sign In’
  3. Now, choose the option to create a Google account
  4. Follow the steps to create your Google account

Now, you’re all set up with a Google account and can create a YouTube Channel to upload your video.