Auditions


DavidKimDavid Kim, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will be serving as Honorary Audition Chairman for the 2018-2019 season. Mr. Kim is a member of our Advisory Board, and this honorary position reflects his ardent support of the DCYO. Auditions are adjudicated by our Music Director and Conductor, Andrew Hauze, assisted by one member of the DCYO Board of Trustees and one conductor from the Young Musicians’ Orchestra.

“I consider DCYO to be the premier youth orchestra in our region. The music making is exceptional, the repertoire is fantastic, and all the members enjoy each other’s company so much. There is a reason my daughter has been a member for years and looked forward to every rehearsal and concert – this orchestra is an important and cherished part of her life.”

YOUNG MUSICIANS’ ORCHESTRA, an orchestra for intermediate students of all ages
Students from all geographic areas are welcome to audition.

Weekly YMO rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from September through May in the Band Room at Strath Haven Middle School, 200 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, Pennsylvania (entrance on Copples Lane). In addition to regular rehearsals, sectional master classes are coached by professional musicians each semester.

DELAWARE COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA, an orchestra for advanced students, usually in high school

Students from all geographic areas are welcome to audition.

Qualifications for admission are outstanding musical ability and the desire and dedication required to perform as an orchestral musician.

Weekly DCYO rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from September through May at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In addition to regular rehearsals,

FOR STUDENTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO AUDITION FOR DCYO OR YMO

The following openings remain for our two orchestras:

DCYO – Double Bass; Horn; Bassoon

YMO – Violin; Viola; Cello; Double Bass; Horn; Trombone

If you play one of these instruments, we will be pleased to hear your audition. Please fill in the online form below and we will contact you to schedule an audition.

For those auditioning during the current school year:

Starting in September, qualified students may make an appointment to audition for DCYO or YMO by completing the online form below. You will receive a confirmation email.

During the academic year, we do not use the audition appointment calendar. To inquire about current openings and to schedule an audition, please contact either Lenora Hume at lhume@dcyo.org for DCYO auditions or Alison Manaker at amanaker@dcyo.org for YMO auditions.

During the academic year, auditions for DCYO are held before our Music Director, Mr. Andrew Hauze, at Proclamation Presbyterian Church, 278 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19096 on Tuesday evenings before rehearsal.

During the academic year, auditions for YMO are held before our Music Directors, Mr. Nick Pignataro and Ms. Miku Shiota, at Strath Haven Middle School, 200 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford, PA (entrance on Copples Lane) on Thursday evenings after rehearsal. Otherwise, all information below applies to you.

Please read the audition guidelines for your instrument below and review them with your music teacher.

We do notice your attire. We request that you dress appropriately.

A note to violin and flute students: Because of the large number of violin and flute students requesting auditions, we generally accept only those older than grade 7. Rare exceptions are made for very advanced players. We strongly encourage middle school violin and flute students to audition for the Young Musicians’ Orchestra.

All audition decisions and seating assignments are made solely by the Music Directors. In certain rare cases, depending on the balance of specific instrumental sections, students may be notified immediately of their acceptance to the orchestra.

Please contact Lenora Hume at lhume@dcyo.org or David Demcher at ddemcher@dcyo.org for questions or additional information about DCYO or YMO auditions.

Importantly, when completing the audition form below, carefully fill in all of the required fields correctly. If a required field has been incorrectly filled in, the form will not send when you press the “Submit Audition” button. The form will “page up” to the area in question. Please notice the information box outlined in red, make the necessary correction and re-submit the form.

A Note to Those With Hotmail Accounts. We have noticed that Hotmail tends to block our confirmation emails from being delivered to your email account. If you have another email provider, other than Hotmail, please use that email address as your primary parent email when filling out this audition form.

You will need to use a computer – not a phone or an iPad – to fill in this Audition application form.

For DCYO Audition requirements, please click here.

For YMO audition requirements, please click here.