Young students of all abilities and ages are encouraged to audition for one of GTCYS’ ten orchestras.

Each spring, hundreds of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students audition for a place in one of GTCYS’ ten academic-year orchestras for the following fall. Students’ abilities range from one to two years of playing experience in our beginning ensembles to ten or more in GTCYS’ most advanced orchestras. Ranging in age from 8 – 18, musicians come from across the region and outlying areas to participate. Because GTCYS’ ten orchestras are tiered from elementary to pre-professional levels, we have a high placement rate for students of all abilities. Learn more about audition requirements and details at the links below.

2020-21 Audition Details

Spring auditions for the 2020-21 season will be held May 7-16, 2020. All students must audition every year. Registration for auditions for the 2020-21 season is open! Be sure to check the schedule and location details.


Audition Requirements

A short solo, scales (judges will select 2-3 from the list), and sight reading (playing through music the student has not seen before) are the primary audition elements, as well as orchestral excerpts for the most advanced orchestras: Review the specific audition requirements for each instrument.


Audition Registration Form

Registration for 2020-21 spring auditions is now open!



What do I need to prepare? How are students placed? Are there audition tips? We’ve provided answers to your questions and additional resources.



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GTCYS welcomes students of all backgrounds to participate in our programs. It’s our policy to provide equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from our programs and services for all individuals in admission, access, or employment. Please contact Program Director Miranda Bryan at miranda@gtcys.org with concerns or questions.

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