Audition Details

Audition Dates, Location, and Directions

2018-19 Audition Dates & Times: Now accepting auditions by appointment for Fall 2018

All students are required to audition each year to determine placement. GTCYS will conduct the following auditions by appointment to fill specific openings at the beginning of the 2018-19 season. Orchestras in bold have the most openings for Fall 2018. Students may also register for auditions on December 8. These opportunities are for students who have not yet auditioned for the 2018-19 season. Percussion auditions will be held at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis by appointment. There are currently limited openings in GTCYS’ orchestras for the 2018-19 season:

Violin: openings in Philharmonia East and West, Sinfonia East, Philharmonic, and Symphony only
Viola: all orchestras
Cello: openings in Philharmonia East & West, Sinfonia East, Concertino, Philharmonic, and Symphony only
Bass: all orchestras
Flute: openings in Sinfonia East only
Oboe: openings in Sinfonia West only
Clarinet: openings in Camerata only
Bassoon: all orchestras, especially needed in Sinfonia East
Horn: openings in Sinfonia East and West, Concertino, and Camerata
Trumpet: openings in Sinfonia East and West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, and Philharmonic
Trombone: openings in Sinfonia East and West, Concertino, Camerata, and Concert Orchestra
Tuba: openings in Sinfonia East, Camerata, Philharmonic, and Symphony
Percussion: all orchestras
Harp – please contact the GTCYS office

Audition slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact GTCYS’ Program Assistant Katie Heilman.

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Audition Locations (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass)

West Metro:
Mayflower Church
106 Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Good Samaritan Church
5730 Grove Street
Edina, MN 55436

East Metro:
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
1669 Arcade Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

*Percussion auditions are located at MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401. See the end of this page for detailed directions.

Directions to Audition Locations

Mayflower Church

I-35W Southbound: Take I-35W south to Diamond Lake Road Exit. Stay straight onto Stevens Avenue. Turn right (west) onto Diamond Lake Road. Church is on the right.

I-35W Northbound: Take I-35W north to Diamond Lake Road Exit. Turn left (west) onto Diamond Lake Road. Cross the bridge over I-35W. Church is on the right.

Free parking is available in the church lot (accessible from Diamond Lake Road) and on nearby residential streets.

Good Samaritan Church

Highway 62: Take Highway 62 (from either direction) and take the Tracy Avenue exit. Go north on Tracy Avenue. After passing Benton Avenue, take a left (heading west) onto Grove Street and proceed until you see the church on your right.

From the north:  Drive south on Highway 100 to the Vernon Avenue Exit. Follow Vernon Avenue west as it winds around. Turn left (south) on Tracy Avenue. Take a right (heading west) onto Grove Street and proceed until you see the church on your right.

Park in the upper lot and enter through the double doors.

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church

The church is located on Arcade Street just south of Larpenteur Avenue. The main entrance is on the south side of the church, off Idaho Avenue.

694 or 36 (either direction): Go south on Hwy. 61, which turns into Arcade Street. Take a right on Idaho Avenue, the church will be on your right.

I-35E (either direction): Take exit 110A and go east on Larpenteur until it intersects with Arcade. Take a right on Arcade and the first right onto Idaho Avenue, the church will be on your right.

The church has free parking available on the south side of the church.

MacPhail Center for Music (percussion only)

MacPhail Center for Music
501 S 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

I-35W Southbound: Take 1-35W south to S Washington Avenue. Take exit 17C for Washington Avenue. Use the right lane to turn right onto S Washington Avenue. In two blocks, turn right onto 11th Avenue S. Take the first left onto S 2nd Street. In less than six blocks, MacPhail will be on your left.

I-35W Northbound: Take I-35W north using the left two lanes and follow signs for Downtown. Use the left two lanes to continue on MN-65. Continue onto 5th Avenue S. In less than one mile, turn right onto S 2nd Street. MacPhail is on your right.

A variety of parking lots are available around MacPhail. See their website for more information or review their suggested parking lots.

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