Auditions

BYSO AUDITION INFORMATION FOR THE 2022-2023 SEASON IS HERE!  

Thank you for your interest in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras! Please read below carefully for information about the 2022-23 BYSO audition process.

STRINGS

Due to high numbers of applications and a limited number of live audition slots, following the submission of the application and application feeĀ all string applicants (both new and current) will once again be asked to submit a preliminary audition video by March 31 at 11:59pm to determine eligibility for a live audition as was implemented prior to the pandemic. Though the deadline for the preliminary audition video passed on March 31, we are accepting applications on a case-by-case basis. Please inquire by emailing us at byso@bu.edu.

Students will be asked to record one scale, one excerpt from their solo repertoire that best reflect their current skill level, and one orchestral excerpt (as applicable). Videos must be recorded without accompaniment. Videos can be uploaded to the portal following submission of the audition application. Specific instructions detailing how videos must be submitted online, along with video FAQs, can be found below. 

Videos will not be evaluated on the quality of the recording device, i.e. a reasonably good and clear computer or smartphone recording should be sufficient.

Timeline

  • Late-February: web application open via BYSO website
  • Thursday, March 31 at 11:59pm: Final deadline to submit preliminary video and application with application fee
  • Week of April 18: preliminary results released; live audition scheduling link sent
  • Live auditions will take place May 24-31

It is our goal to hear as many applicants as possible in a live audition. If the number of applicants exceeds our capacity to schedule live auditions, however, we reserve the right to make decisions based on the preliminary video alone, when an accurate decision can be made regarding placement or non-placement in BYSO.

WOODWINDS, BRASS, PERCUSSION, PIANO and HARP

No preliminary audition video is required. Following the submission of the application and application fee, students will receive an audition scheduling email. Audition slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to apply early as audition slots will fill up.

Timeline

  • Late-February: web application open via BYSO website
  • Live auditions will take place May 24-31

Click the links below for more information and to register for an audition.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office at byso@bu.edu if you have any questions.