YOP Requirements

Download the appropriate audition requirements below. You may only audition for one ensemble. Learn more about the ensembles!

Mid-year new student auditions for the 2018-19 season are now available! Auditions will take place on Thursday, January 10th from 4:30-6:00pm at the Dominion Energy Center. Please see below to download and print the audition materials.

There are openings in the following ensembles:

Sinfonietta: non-audition ensemble –  ALL instruments – please email to inquire.

Camerata: violins and bass ONLY – sign up for an audition slot here

Wind Ensemble: non-audition ensemble – ALL instruments – please email to inquire

YCO: oboe, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, viola, cello, bass – sign up for an audition slot here

RSYO: clarinet, bassoon, horn, tuba, viola, bass, percussion  – auditions will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Please email to schedule an audition.


Updated audition materials for 2019-20 will be posted in the Spring of 2019. 

Camerata Strings

Sample Camerata Rating Sheet

Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

Youth Concert Orchestra

Sample YCO Rating Sheet

Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bassoon

Horn | TrumpetTrombone | Tuba | Percussion

Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra

Sample RSYO Rating Sheet

Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

Flute/Piccolo | Oboe | Clarinet/Bass Clarinet | Bassoon

Horn | Trumpet | Trombone | Bass Trombone | Tuba

Percussion | Harp

String Sinfonietta

NO formal Audition required, however successful students will have mastery over the following requirements.

Interested in joining String Sinfonietta?  Complete the inquiry form.

Scale Requirements
All Strings: G, D, & C major, 2 octaves preferred (Bass=1 octave)

Fundamental Requirements
All Strings: First position notes on all 4 strings
Violins: some basic 3rd position on the E string
Cellos: some basic 2½ and 3rd position on the A string
Basses: some basic 2½ and 3rd position on the G string (high C/D) area)

Notation knowledge
Eighth, quarter, half & whole notes, dotted rhythms
Time signatures: 4/4 & 3/4 time
All strings must be able to play 2-note slurs