Audition Details

Audition Dates, Location, and Directions

2017-18 Audition Dates & Times

All students are required to audition each year to determine placement. The next round of auditions for the spring semester will be held on Saturday, December 9. This December round of auditions is intended for students who are new to the area or who just found out about GTCYS. Results from the main round of auditions in June are final for the 2017-18 season, and students who auditioned at that time are not eligible to audition again until June 2018.

Audition slots on December 9 are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. More registration details will be available later in the fall. If you have any questions, please contact GTCYS’ Program Assistant Katie Heilman.

There are currently limited openings for certain instruments:

Violin: All orchestras except Sinfonia, Concertino, and Camerata
Viola: All orchestras except Sinfonia
Cello: All orchestras except Sinfonia and Concert Orchestra
Bass: All orchestras except Sinfonia
Flute: No openings
Oboe: Concertino and Concert Orchestra only
Clarinets: Camerata only
Bassoon: All orchestras except Sinfonia
Horn: No openings
Trumpet: All orchestras except Sinfonia and Symphony
Trombone: All orchestras
Tuba: Sinfonia, Concertino, Camerata, and Philharmonic only
Percussion: All orchestras, auditions scheduled by appointment

Registration for December auditions for new students is now open!


Audition Location (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass)

Mayflower Church
106 Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55419

The church is centrally located at the intersection of I-35W and Diamond Lake Road in south Minneapolis.

*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 Auditions at 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.

Audition Location (Percussion)

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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