Full details about how to prepare audition videos will be emailed to families who have requested an audition by filling out our audition request form. We will send out this information in early May. 

For Woodwind, Brass, and String Players:

  1. PREPARED PIECE: Students should play 4 minutes of prepared music that demonstrates both technical proficiency and lyrical ability. Students may choose to prepare 2 short selections that are no longer than 4 minutes total (one piece that is technical and one that is lyrical), if one piece cannot adequately demonstrate both styles. Prepared music may be taken from standard solo literature for your instrument, standard orchestral excerpts, or in some cases from advanced etudes. School ensemble selections (i.e. music from your school band concert) are not appropriate for this audition. The music does not have to be memorized. 
  2. SCALES: Students will be asked to play 1 or 2 major scales chosen by the audition committee. The selection of scales will be sent out to students by email the night before they have requested to submit their audition video. Students may choose the tempo and manner in which the scales are played. Multiple octave scales are expected as appropriate for each instrument. The audition committee can ask for any major scale up to 5 sharps and 5 flats. 
  3. SIGHT-READING: Students will be asked to sight-read a short excerpt sent out by email the night before the audition. We encourage students not to practice the sight-reading ahead of time.The sight-reading excerpt is used to gauge a student’s ability to quickly process and execute musical notation. Students will be evaluated based on accuracy of notes and rhythms as well as ability to follow musical indications (i.e., dynamics, etc.).

For Percussionists

We recognize that percussionists may not have access to instruments because of the COVID-19 situation. Because of this, we will accept auditions on any instrument (or even household object!) in 2021. Prepare something that gives us a sense of your rhythmic precision and technical skill. If possible, percussionists should prepare a short excerpt on both snare drum and a mallet instrument. Etudes, portions of solo literature or orchestral excerpts are all acceptable. Please speak a little bit about your comfort level with other types of percussion instruments (timpani, mallet percussion, auxilliary percussion, etc) in your video. 

For Harpists and Pianists

Please contact ahauze@dcyo.org for information about what you should prepare for your audition.


Flutes should play or be willing to learn to play piccolo.

Oboes should play or be willing to learn to play English horn.

Clarinets should be able to transpose parts in A, or own an A clarinet.

Horns should be able to transpose.

Trumpets should be able to transpose.

(It is recommended that students own both Bb and C trumpets.)

Trombones should be able to read bass clef and tenor clef, and be willing to learn alto clef.