Academy Program’s String Orchestra Ensemble & Concert String Orchestra Auditions 2023-2024

Academy String Program

Audition Application Steps:

Step 1: Download your excerpts and start practicing!

Step 2: Fill out audition application and pay the non-refundable application fee. Click here to register

  • Application deadline: July 14, 2023
  • Late application deadline: July 21, 2023

Step 3: Notification of acceptance will be sent via email during the 2nd or 3rd week of August.

  • Placement into an ensemble is at the discretion of HYS
  • No audition feedback or scores will be provided after the audition.


Audition FAQs

What instruments are accepted?

Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

Can I audition on two instruments?

No. Students may audition on only one instrument.

How do I know the Academy Program is appropriate for my level?

Students auditioning for CSO/SOE are recommended to have a minimum of three years of playing experience.  However, this is not a requirement.  Download the audition music and consult with your private teacher (if one is available for you) to determine if you are ready to audition. If you or your teacher determines that you are not ready to audition for CSO/SOE, you may inquire about Intermediate String Ensemble (ISE) or Beginning String Ensemble (BSE). No audition is required for these groups, but you must be at least eight (8) years old by August 1, 2022 and entering grades 3-12.

When and where are rehearsals held?

Rehearsals are held every Saturday at the Spalding Boys and Girls Club (1704 Waiola St.). See Academy Program Page for more details.

Do I have to take private lessons?

Private lessons are not required, however, we highly recommend you take private lessons to enhance your HYS experience.

Is the audition application fee refundable?

No, the audition application fee is non-refundable.