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Audition for the 2024-2025 Season

Have you dreamed of playing in DYAO?
Make that dream a reality by auditioning for one of our award-winning programs!

DYAO provides young musicians ages 7 to 23 with the tools they need to grow and thrive. Students learn from fabulous conductors, educators, and professional musicians and collaborate with young people who share their passion for music. Need-based financial assistance is available for all programs.

The main round of auditions for the 2024-2025 DYAO season have concluded, and audition results were sent by email on Friday, May 24. If you did not participate in the first set of auditions in May but are interested in our late auditions, please check back in July. At that time, we will post a list of the remaining available instrument positions in our ensembles, as well as further information about the late auditions in early August. All audition materials will be the same and can be found below.

Which orchestra should I audition for?

To answer this question and to read our Instrument Proficiency Standards, check out our Orchestras page. If you aren’t sure, you may want to take these standards to your private teacher for guidance. You can also be considered for more than one orchestra. If you are considering auditioning for two orchestras, for example, the Young Artists Orchestra and the Conservatory Orchestra, be sure to prepare the repertoire for the higher level orchestra and only audition one time. (You will only be placed in one ensemble.) You can contact Program & Orchestra Manager Rachael DeLange ( with questions before signing up for an audition.

Each group rehearses once a week throughout the season (August - May) with dress rehearsals and sound checks leading up to performances. It is expected that young artists in our program attend all of these rehearsals, sound checks, and performances. For more information on when each group rehearses, check out our Orchestras page

What do I play at the audition?

Audition packets for the 2024-2025 season are ready for download. To learn more about the audition process and ensemble expectations, check out the information below. Click on the link for your instrument and read through all of the audition requirements, which may include scales, a short solo, and orchestral excerpts. Requirements vary depending on your instrument and the ensemble for which you will audition.

Register Here for an Audition

Auditions for the 2024-2025 season are in-person and take place at Lamont School of Music (2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver CO 80210). Select an audition date and time by clicking the links below. Be sure to choose a date that includes the ensemble for which you are auditioning! (Percussionists: please only sign up for the Percussion Only times on May 18, included below as a separate link.)

Remaining audition times are extremely limited; if you have questions about available audition times, please email Rachael DeLange (

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