Joins us for our 63rd Season!

Next important date: May 1st to June 14th
Early Registration Period

Fill out the registration form.

Pay the registration fee.

Schedule your live audition.

College Students

CVYO welcomes the college-level students in our community who wish to further sharpen their skills at CVYO. College students automatically qualify for a 30% tuition discount. College students who have previously auditioned into Virtuosi Ensemble are automatically eligible for Virtuosi without audition and receive an automatic 50% discount on tuition.

College students can gain valuable experience that CVYO will confirm on your resume by applying for unique position such as:

Assistant Coach (Youth Strings or Prep Orchestra)
Conducting Assistant
Administrative Assistant

To apply for an assistant position, please e-mail College students who have previously auditioned into Symphony Orchestra do not have to submit an audition, but are not eligible for principal positions in Symphony. 

2023 Audition Dates and Excerpts

Important Dates

Early Registration Period
($20 Registration Fee)

May 1st – June 14th

Standard Registration Period
($40 Registration Fee)

June 14th – August 1st

July Auditions
July 28th and 29th

August Auditions
August 11th and 12th

Orientation and Reading Rehearsal
Thursday September 7th

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.

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.