Joins us for our 63rd Season!

Next important date:

September 8th – Reading Rehearsal and Orientation
September 11th – 
Regular Rehearsals and Principal Auditions

Our official audition season has closed.
If you would like to inquire about late auditions, please e-mail our office before filling out an application.

Fill out the registration form.

Pay the registration fee.

Schedule your live audition.

College Students – Apprentice Program

CVYO’s Apprentice Program is designed for college students in the areas of music that are 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

2023 Audition Dates and Excerpts

Auditions Season:

Early Registration Period
($20 Registration Fee)
May 1st – June 18th

Standard Registration Period
($40 Registration Fee)

June 19th – July 30th

July Auditions
July 28th and 29th

August Auditions
August 11th and 12th

Late Registration Period
($80 Registration Fee)

August 1st – September 10th

Orientation and Reading Rehearsal
Friday September 8th

Rehearsals Begin, Principal Auditions
Monday September 11th

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 7th 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 for instructions.