Audition Information & Requirements

Auditions for the 2022-23 season are closed, except for select openings for brass players at all levels. Brass applicants should email for instructions on how to apply.

Audition Information and Requirements

EYSO is for everyone. For instrumentalists from 4th grade to college, playing for 2 years or 12, EYSO aims to find a place for each student to grow in one of our five orchestras.

The EYSO Placement Philosophy

After hearing auditions in late spring, EYSO staff thoughtfully make placement decisions based on playing ability, age, and the current needs of each ensemble. Students are placed in the ensemble most closely matching their musical level, including such considerations as the quality of tone production, technical facility, range on the instrument, intonation, vibrato, dynamic range, articulation, phrasing, rhythmic integrity, expressive style, and overall accuracy.

How to Audition

Auditions will be held in person at the Elgin Community College Arts Center (Building H).

Please add to your "safe senders" list, as you will receive important communications about auditions and the 2022-23 season via email.

Before you sign up, review the following:
         • 2022-23 Season Calendar & Attendance Policy
         • 2022-23 Tuition Schedule & Information

Review the audition requirements:
         • Audition & Membership Requirements

Complete your audition application
           Click on Returning Student to start your audition application.

Auditions of the 2022-23 Season are closed, except for select openings for Brass players at all levels. Brass applicants should email to for instruction on how to apply.

2023-24 season audition are May 25-28, 2023. Sign up window opens February 1, 2023. 


Unsure which ensemble is the best fit for you? Answer the questions below for guidance or reach out to us at (Based on your responses, you may be asked to review the Audition & Membership Requirements linked below to determine your audition fit.)

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