Auditions will be up to 10 minutes in duration. You will audition to a panel of two to three musical specialists. Your audition will also be videoed. In your audition, you will be asked to demonstrate your technical ability and musicianship in the following ways.

  • Play a short excerpt (provided to you up to two weeks prior) from the repertoire of the ensemble you wish to join.

  • Perform, unaccompanied, a short piece (three minutes or less) of your own choosing. You should select a piece that best demonstrates your level and abilities – but we recommend you choose something you know you can play well under pressure.

  • Play two scales with the greatest level of proficiency you can demonstrate. Choose your tempo and octave range according to your ability and if possible, vary your articulation between scales.


  • There is no sight-reading in the audition.

  • An accompanist is neither required nor permitted in auditions. 

  • Parents are not permitted in the audition room. 

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Forgot your TYO audition but keen to play and perform in an exceptional ensemble with your musical peers? You have another chance, with late auditions!

Each year, TYO offers young Tasmanian musicians at a range of developmental levels the opportunity to audition for TYO ensembles. From the youngest players aiming for TYO Camerata Strings, to the exceptional young musicians of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, auditions are an important opportunity to apply to TYO, demonstrate technical proficiency and musicianship and a desire to learn and develop as a young musician.


Auditions are essential for all musicians wishing to play in a TYO 2021 ensemble. Please note the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra (flagship ensemble), has limited audition vacancies for 2021. If you are interested in applying to the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, please contact us before booking an audition.  

Read more on the audition process below, then go ahead and book your 2021 late audition!


To ensure you're clear on the audition process, please read the following information carefully and contact us if you have any questions.

  • Auditions will be held at the Hutchins School in Sandy Bay. Full venue details will be advised when your audition time is confirmed.

  • Auditions will be conducted in accordance with the TYO Audition and Selection Policy 2020.

  • Applicants should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their audition time for registration and warm up. (A warm-up room will be available.)

  • Parents may assist their child in the warm-up room if absolutely necessary; however, to support COVIDSafe operations we prefer parents to sign their child into auditions then wait outside the venue. Your child will be well supported to warm up and move to the audition room when the panel is ready for them.

  • Parents are not permitted in the audition room. 

  • Further information will be provided with confirmation of your audition time. 


  • Once an audition time has been confirmed, applicants will be issued with an invoice for the fee of $40 per audition. 

  • Please note the audition fee is not negotiable and must be paid prior to the audition. (Payments can be made online prior or by cash or eftpos on the day of the audition.)

  • Applicants who have not paid will not be allowed to audition.

  • Financial assistance is available for participation fees once selected; but is not available for audition fees.


  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their late audition within three days of the completion of the audition.

  • The audition assessor/s will discuss placement decisions with TYO's General Manager following the audition and ensemble offers will be allocated from the successful auditionees.

  • Please note that TYO may provide feedback following an audition but TYO does not release audition ‘scores’ or release the audition video. Scores and video are confidential to the panel. 

  • More information is available in the TYO Audition and Selection Policy