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We can’t wait to hear your audition and we are so excited you are here!  Auditions take place in May each year.  Audition dates for 2020 are below.  To learn more about the audition process and ensemble expectations, check out the information below.

2020 Audition Dates

Sunday, May 17, 2020 (morning & afternoon)
Monday, May 18, 2020 (evening)
Friday, May 29, 2020 (evening)
Saturday, May 30, 2020 (morning, afternoon)
Sunday, May 31, 2020 (morning, afternoon)

Register Here for an Audition

When registering for your audition, please select only one slot.  Additionally, please be sure to pay attention to which orchestra you are auditioning for as not all orchestras are available on each date.  Lastly, 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.  Yes, you can be considered for both orchestras at one audition!  If you have any questions about auditions please contact Rachael Brown, Orchestra Manager at

Special Note: If you are a current DYAO student, please review the email from Rachael Brown regarding the registration code.  Code not needed for new DYAO students.

Which orchestra should you audition for?

To find out, check out our Orchestras page.  Here you can find instrument proficiency standards to help you decide.  If you aren’t sure, take these standards to your private teacher for guidance.  We also encourage you to check out a rehearsal or concert.  Watching the orchestras in action can help you find what might be a good fit.  You can also be considered for more than one orchestra!  Be sure to contact us at 303.433.2420 or with any questions before signing up for an audition.

How does an audition work?

Check in at the registration table at least 20 minutes before your scheduled time slot.  You will then go to a community warm-up room (private warm up rooms are not available). 

Your audition will have 2-3 judges in the room, usually the conductors of the orchestras.  It will take about 5 minutes in which you will be asked to perform the audition music.  If you are auditioning for more than one orchestra, you will be expected to prepare for the higher-level orchestra's excerpts, solo, scale(s) and sight-reading.

The judges will let you know the order of audition elements.  They may not ask you to play everything, they may ask you to stop playing something before you have finished, or they may ask you to play something again.  The judges may also ask you questions.  Be sure to prepare all of the required music as you may be asked to play everything.  These are all normal audition procedures and do not indicate anything one-way or the other.  

What do I play at the audition?

Great question and we have you covered.  Please find the audition packets below for the 2020-2021 audition season.  If you have any questions please contact Rachael Brown, Orchestra Manager at

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