Audition FAQs

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.

Why should I audition?

Auditions aren’t scary at all. It’s your chance to show us what you can do. We require all our participants to audition so that we can ensure the ensemble is best suited to your current stage of development. TYO welcomes musicians aged 7 to 26 and our five ensembles offer catered entry points for all standards. If you’re learning an orchestral instrument, enjoy rehearsing and hanging out with friends, and love the excitement of performing some of the greatest music ever written, you need to be in TYO! Come join us and experience the thrill of playing big music. There’s nothing quite like it. 

I'm playing in TYO in 2016 - do I still need to audition for 2017?

Yes. All positions in all our ensembles are declared vacant at the end of each year, and all current players are required to audition for the next year. This ensures each individual is allocated to the best ensemble for their current stage of development.

I haven't done AMEB exams. Am I still eligible?

Yes! AMEB grades are used purely as a guide to the skill level required for each ensemble and are NOT a formal requirement. If you are not currently undertaking AMEB exams, consult with your teacher as to your approximate standard.

Can I apply to join two ensembles?

Yes! If your instrument is the same and you just want to have more music in your week (and really, who doesn't?), you'll only need to audition for the senior group and let us know that you're keen for more playing. If you play two different instruments, you'll need to register to audition for both groups. Double check that the rehearsals don't clash to avoid disappointment.

Can I use an accompanist?

No. An accompanist is neither required nor permitted. Your music may be written with accompaniment but you will be expected to perform on your own. Have a read of our Audition Preparation Tips regarding bars of rest.

Why does the application form ask me about my schooling?

This is really helpful data for us for a number of reasons. It helps us keep fees down by acquiring (and reporting to) supporters. We're better able to cater the existing programs to our musicians by selecting tutors that avoid replicating those you have at school. It also helps us develop new programs that will best suit our current and future musicians by gaining a better understanding of the music education landscape across Tasmania. Thank you for your help with this and, if you have any concerns, our Privacy Policy can be found here.

Can I accompany my child into their audition?

No. Part of the assessment includes seeing how your child can concentrate away from you, exactly as they will in the rehearsal setting. Don't worry - we're all really nice.

What technical requirements should I prepare for my audition?

Generally, this is a major and a minor scale of your choice, to the standard of your current grade. This should be something you already practice but it's best to consult with your instrumental teacher. The panel won't always need to hear your technical work to form their assessment but it's always best to be prepared.

I may not be able to afford the annual fees - should I still audition?

Yes! We don't want anyone missing out on being involved in TYO! We will have a range of financial assistance options available, to be announced in early December. Make sure you apply for an audition in the main round so you can be considered for a position in 2017.

Do I need to bring my own instrument?

You are expected to provide your own instrument/s, with a few exceptions. Percussion equipment required for audition excerpts will be supplied, but not sticks or mallets. If your own choice percussion work/s require instruments not included in the excerpts, please email by Monday 14 November, 2016.

How do I access the audition requirements or excerpts?

A link to these will be sent to you in an email upon completion of your application. The sooner you apply, the sooner you can start practicing! If you've lost that email or it didn't receive it, read on...

I've applied, but should I have received confirmation?

Email confirmation is sent automatically upon completion of your application. If you have not received this, it could have landed in your junk mail - check there first. Otherwise, there may be a typo in your application form or a system error. Either way, please contact so that we can confirm your application and send you the necessary details.

I missed the closing date - can I still apply for a TYO ensemble?

Applications closed on Friday 18 November, 2016. Due to the volume of applications we receive and the availability of our audition panels, we are unable to accept any late applications for the main round of auditions. However, where there are positions available, we will hold late auditions throughout the year. Please note that, because late auditions will be held throughout the year, we will no longer be running mid-year auditions. If a position is not available, we can put you on our waiting list and contact you if anything changes.

Register HERE so we can contact you about a late audition.

What is expected of me if my audition is successful?

It requires a significant commitment to be a member of a Tasmanian Youth Orchestra ensemble. There are standards of behaviour, rehearsal attendance, punctuality, and your own practice commitments to which you need to adhere. Above all when you accept a position with the TYO you are committing to be part of a team who will be relying upon you to live up to that commitment so that the orchestra experience is the best it can be for everyone.

What if my audition is unsuccessful?

We run auditions to ensure you're in the best group for your current stage of development, as assessed in your audition. If our expert panelists feel you'll be better placed in an alternative ensemble, we'll offer you that one instead.

I don't want to wait to 2017. Can I join TYO now?

Unfortunately, as it's so late in the year, there really isn't enough time for new players to learn the repertoire. Try channeling that energy into preparing for your audition.

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