Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra auditions for 2023-2024 have concluded. 2024-2025 auditions will be announced here. Please review the information below for reference. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

The 2023-2024 EYSO Season  features comprehensive orchestral performance and educational activities- including full orchestra rehearsals, concerts, masterclasses, and pre-college seminars.

Auditioning for EYSO comprises both entrance auditions (for admittance to the EYSO program) and string seating auditions.  Entrance auditions take place each August, and string seating auditions take place twice per season: in August, following entrance auditions, and in January, preceding rehearsals for our Winter Concert Cycle.

2023-2024 Audition Requirements & Information 

Audition repertoire requirements

  • required orchestral excerpts (string auditionees, please be sure to prepare the excerpt for the entrance audition, not the seating audition)
  • sight-reading 
  • solo repertoire of your choice (4-6 minutes)
  • string players – accepted violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists will play an in-person seating audition at Emory on Wednesday, August 16 (the sign up form to schedule an audition will be sent to all accepted string players on Monday, August 14)

The appropriate required orchestral excerpts can be found below and will be provided to each auditionee immediately via email when they register for their audition online. Solo repertoire should be 4-6 minutes of music of the student’s choosing including two contrasting excerpts (technical and lyrical) from standard solo literature. A single solo work with contrasting sections is also an acceptable option. Memorization is not required. 

Required 2023-2024 Audition Excerpts for all auditionees:

Flute & Optional Piccolo | Dvorak Symphony No. 8; Ippolitov-Ivanov Caucasian Sketches (Optional Piccolo)
Oboe | Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade
Clarinet | Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Bassoon | Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”
Horn | Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
Trumpet | Mahler Symphony No 5
Trombone | Rossini La Gazza Ladra Overture
Bass Trombone | Wagner Ride of the Valkyries
Tuba | Berlioz Damnation of Faust
Percussion | [multiple]
Harp | Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Piano | Copland Appalachian Spring

Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass


In choosing your solo works, in addition to the required orchestral excerpt above (you will choose one out of two options), please prepare material on two out of three of: snare drum, timpani, mallets. Should you have any questions, please contact EYSO Staff:

Auditionees are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, musicianship, expressiveness, and reading ability.

Students will receive information on how to pay their audition registration fee via Emory’s IRIS system when they register.  

Questions regarding auditions should be directed to Samantha Frischling, Orchestra Manager: