Joins us for our 64th Season!

Next important date:

May 31st – Early Registration Deadline
July 19th – 
Standard Registration Deadline

Fill out the registration form.

Pay the registration fee.

Schedule your live audition.

College Students – Apprentice Program

CVYO’s Apprentice Program is designed for students pursuing music beyond the high-school levels seeking to enhance their education and experience with assistant positions in the field of Conducting, Coaching, or Administration. Applicants can expand their repertoire and hone their orchestral and large-organization experience.

Information and Application Below

2024 Audition Dates and Excerpts

Auditions Season:

Early Registration
($20 Registration Fee)

April 29th – May 31st

Standard Registration
($40 Registration Fee)

June 1st – July 19th

Late Registration
($60 Registration Fee)

July 20th- August 8th

Live Auditions
Friday July 26th
Saturday July 27th
Friday August 9th
Saturday August 10th

Orientation and Reading Rehearsal
Friday September 6th

Rehearsals Begin, Principal Auditions
Monday September 9th

Select and print your audition packet from the menu to the right.

All applicants (new and returning) must play an in-person audition, including a scale, solo excerpt, and orchestral excerpt. Your solo excerpt should generally be of a greater technical level than the orchestra excerpt you are auditioning with.

Please read the audition packet cover page carefully. Select the correct excerpt for your ensemble (violinists should choose a violin 1 OR violin 2 excerpt).

Be sure to read our ensemble levels and descriptions here.

Auditions are held Friday-Saturday one weekend in July and one weekend in August to accommodate family, work, and travel schedules.

September 6th is CVYO’s mandatory orientation and reading rehearsal. Rehearsals begin Monday September 11th.

If you are physically unable to attend either in-person audition, please contact us. You will be required to record and submit your entire audition by video, then audition in-person on the orientation day. 

Principal Positions

Principal positions are available to strings, winds, brass, and percussion players in Symphony Orchestra, and to strings players in Preparatory Orchestra. 

Principal players receive a wonderful opportunity to hone their leadership and communication skills by having greater interaction with each other and the conductor. 

Symphony Orchestra members that play a principal audition are eligible to be selected for the Virtuosi Ensemble, a chamber orchestra of our principal players and upcoming leaders. Virtuosi members play 3 additional concerts per year (some of which include additional scholarship stipends), including an entire classical symphony, and Handel’s Messiah.

Principal auditions are held in September after rehearsals begin (usually during the second week of rehearsal). Candidates will show exceptional preparation and commitment in their ensembles. The principal audition will include two unprepared excerpts from the entire semester’s repertoire, and two brief interview questions.

If you will be absent for principal auditions, please e-mail contact@cvyo.org for instructions.