Send in your application for the 2013-2014 Season! Click here to download the application brochure. (PDF/ 1MB)
Auditions last about 10 minutes and are heard by the PYP conducting staff only. You must prepare the following:
- One major and one minor scale with corresponding arpeggios in keys of your choice. Winds and brass 1-2 octaves, strings 2-3 octaves.
- A short solo piece - (an Étude or excerpt from a concerto or sonata.) The solo piece need not be memorized but must be played without accompaniment. Percussionists should prepare a challenging snare drum study.
- The audition will end with short sight-reading passages, provided by the conducting staff.
All applicants will be notified of the results of their audition by mail within a month. Please do not call the PYP office for results. Decisions of the conducting staff are final and non-appealable. If accepted into one of the orchestras, students will be sent enrollment information including information on annual season fees.
There is a non-refundable audition fee of $40.
Season tuition fees are set by the Board of Directors in early spring and are non-refundable. Please refer to the audition brochure for more information or call our office at 503-223-5939.
Auditioning string players must be at least 7 years old; wind, brass, and percussion players need to have played their instrument for at least 1 year. No one over 22 years old will be auditioned.
All orchestra members are strongly encouraged to participate in school music programs, when such programs exist. By participating in a school music program you benefit by playing every day, becoming a better sight-reader, and playing an important part in helping to build meaningful music programs in your schools and communities.