1819 MSYO Auditions.jpg

To start the audition process follow these three easy steps:

  1. Fill out our audition form online, and submit the $20 audition fee.
  2. Review the audition requirements below.
  3. Upon receipt of your audition form, our Youth Orchestra Manager will contact you with an audition location & appointment time.

If you prefer to pay by check, download the audition form and return to the MSO office with the $20 audition fee. Checks can be made payable to MSYO. Our mailing address is 911 13th Street, Modesto, CA 95354

2018-19 MSYO Audition Form  (PDF, 74 Kb)           

Audition Requirements

All students should prepare a piece that adequately shows their ability on their instrument. Students will be assessed for technical ability, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, and musicianship. Students are allowed to audition on multiple instruments. An accompanist will not be provided. Entrance to the Youth Orchestra is not guaranteed. In addition to a solo piece, students should prepare the applicable technical exercises listed below:

Symphony Orchestra
(Intermediate – Advanced) Strings, Winds & Percussion (Grades 9-12)

  • STRINGS: Students should prepare a solo piece and a three octave major AND minor scale. (Four notes slurred per bow). Any scale can be played except for G major.  

  • WINDS: Students should prepare a solo piece and a chromatic scale encompassing the range of their instrument. Students will also be asked to play a two octave major AND minor scale. 
  • PERCUSSION: Students should be prepared to a solo piece and be prepared to demonstrate all basic rudiments. Students auditioning on timpani may be asked to tune drums to pitches chosen by the audition committee.  

Concert Orchestra
(Beginning – Intermediate) Strings, Winds & Percussion (Grades 5-9)

  • STRINGS: Students should prepare a solo piece and two octave major AND minor scale of their choosing. Students should be prepared to play the scale four notes slurred per bow.
  • WINDS: Students should prepare a solo piece and one major AND one minor scale.
  • PERCUSSION: Students should prepare a solo piece and demonstrate a sampling of all basic rudiments, including: rolls, flams, and paradiddles.


If you have questions, please contact:

Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra Manager
(209) 523-4156 x 101