The GVYO is now accepting applications for new and returning players. Auditions are held annually for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, and harp.
Auditions for the 2024-2025 season will be held in-person by appointment on the following dates: April 23 - Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion (applications due April 17) May 21 to 23 - Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion (applications due May 10).
Apply to audition by completing aGVYO membership form at your earliest opportunity. The orchestra will notify you about the date, place and time of your audition. If you are unable to attend your audition you must promptly notify the GVYO manager at email@example.com.
Audition materials are available below, for download.
Qualified applicants are:
currently having private lessons on your instrument, and your teacher approves of your intention to audition.
are playing at a suggested "minimum standard" of proficiency, which is considered to be Royal Conservatory of Music Grade VIII or equivalent for your instrument.
The audition will consist of:
a specified set of excerpts from the orchestral repertoire for your instrument (see below)
a solo piece of your choice, for example: a standard concerto or similar work for your instrument. An accompanist is not required.
for string players: a specified scale is included in the excerpts, to be played as written.
The following general areas of musicianship will give you an indication of what the auditioning committee will be listening for:
accurate pitches, rhythm, and tempo
an appropriate style of performance for the music being played
good tone quality
a wide range of dynamics
clear, understandable phrasing
You will be notified by email about the auditioning committee's decision. On all questions regarding a student's application and audition, the GVYO follows the policy of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada Association in dealing directly with the student. Unless unusual circumstances exist, enquiries by parents, guardians or teachers are not encouraged if the student is able to act on their own behalf. All enquiries made directly by the students will be dealt with openly and in a straight-forward manner.
Audition Fees for First-time Applicants: $20.00 Payment accepted by e-transfer prior to your audition, or by cash or cheque in-person at your audition.