Audition Details

Audition Dates, Location, and Directions

2018-19 Audition Dates & Times: Now accepting December 8 audition registrations for second semester enrollment

All students are required to audition each year to determine placement. GTCYS will conduct the following auditions to fill specific openings for the second semester of the  2018-19 season. Orchestras in bold have the most openings. These opportunities are for students who have not yet auditioned or enrolled in the 2018-19 season, and auditions will be held at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in St. Paul. 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
Viola: openings in all orchestras
Cello: openings in Philharmonia East & West, Sinfonia East, Concertino, Philharmonic, and Symphony
Bass: Philharmonia East & West, Sinfonia East & West, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony
Flute: openings in Sinfonia East only
Oboe: openings in Sinfonia West only
Clarinet: openings in Camerata only
Bassoon: openings in Sinfonia East & West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic, and Symphony
Horn: openings in Sinfonia East & West and Concertino
Trumpet: openings in Sinfonia East & West, Concertino, Camerata, Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic, and Symphony
Trombone: openings in Sinfonia East and West, Camerata, and Concert Orchestra
Tuba: openings in Sinfonia East & West, Camerata, and Philharmonic
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)

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

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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