Auditions for Surrey Youth Orchestra

Updated Registration Deadline: August 16, 2021 (11:59 PM) 
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN AUDITIONING FOR THE SURREY YOUTH ORCHESTRA!

Due to the current situation with COVID – 19, we will be accepting video auditions this year. If you are interested in joining the Surrey Youth Orchestra in the coming season from September 2021 to May 2022, please go through this page carefully and fill out an online audition request. We encourage each applicant to review the requirements of each orchestra to make sure that you are qualified for the program before applying. *Former SYO members must re-audition each season.

Audition Fee: $20.00 (non-refundable) . Please complete your payment when submitting the online application form. 


What does an SYO audition video entail?

  1. Fill out your online application form.
  2. After your application is processed, you will receive your audition preparation packet via email which will outline the specific audition requirements for your instrument, as well as uploading instructions to assist you in submitting the video.
  3. Record a solo repertoire piece (or excerpt of a piece) of your choice (recording time maximum 3 mins) as well as a scale and corresponding arpeggio. Bowings, speed, and rhythm should be observed according to RCM standards. The scale and arpeggio should be the same RCM level (or higher) as the repertoire that you are submitting. Please submit this by no later than Aug 21st.
  4. On May 16th, the SYO will send out a “quick study” piece that is appropriate for the level of repertoire that the student has submitted.  Each student will be required to submit the quick study piece by Aug 28th

*Please note: All conductors will be involved in the orchestra placement process for students.  Students will be placed according to the level assessed by the conductors, not the level of the repertoire that they auditioned with. The conductors decision will be considered final.


Students must be proficient at the following levels at a minimum to audition:
Prelude Strings

Conductor Andrea Taylor leads this orchestral experience for string players of new ability. The Prelude Strings is designed to teach beginning ensemble skills, musical interpretation as well as rhythm development, rehearsal etiquette, and note-reading skills.

Requirements: reading and playing ABOVE Grade 1 RCM or end of Suzuki book 1. Minimum age: 6 years old

Video Submission Deadlines: 

  • 1st video submission deadline is Aug 21 :  please include (1) a solo of your choice (2) a scale (3) corresponding arpeggio
  • 2nd video submission deadline is Aug 28:  a video tape of your ‘quick study’ piece

Intermezzo Strings

Intermezzo Strings perform music that will build upon theoretical and musical concepts covered in the Prelude Strings. Emphasis will be given to listening skills as related to playing in a large ensemble. Conductor Andrea Taylor chooses contrasting repertoire to introduce students to a variety of musical styles.

Requirements: reading and playing at or above Grade 4 RCM or Suzuki book 4. Minimum age: 8 years old

Video Submission Deadlines: 

  • 1st video submission deadline is Aug 21 : please include (1) a solo of your choice (2) a scale (3) corresponding arpeggio
  • 2nd video submission deadline is Aug 28:  a video tape of your ‘quick study’ piece

Symphonic Strings

Under the baton of conductor Ben Goheen, the Symphonic Strings performs major repertoire from the standard string orchestra literature while learning the skills needed for excellent orchestral playing.

Requirements: reading and playing at or above Grade 7 RCM or Suzuki book 6. Minimum age: 11 years old

Video Submission Deadlines: 

  • 1st video submission deadline is Aug 21 :  please include (1) a solo of your choice (2) a scale (3) corresponding arpeggio
  • 2nd video submission deadline is Aug 28:  video tape of your ‘quick study’ piece

Senior Orchestra

Under the direction of conductor Joel Stobbe, this premiere full symphonic orchestra is comprised of students who demonstrate strong musicianship and highly advanced technical level. The group performs a wide range of demanding orchestra repertoire.

Requirements: playing at or above Grade 8 RCM Minimum age: 13 years old

Video Submission Deadlines: 

Wind & Brass Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble of brass and wind players will develop their skills by sectionals before entering the rehearsal with the senior orchestra. Instructors Bernard Blary and Greg Farrugia offer interesting and challenging sectional training for its members.


What is the SYO time commitment?
The SYO season runs from September to May. SYO rehearsals generally take place from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday mornings at the Surrey Christian Secondary Campus, 15353 92 Ave, Surrey, BC. The following is the rehearsal schedule for each orchestra:
 
  • Prelude Strings 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
  • Intermezzo Strings 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • Symphonic Strings 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Senior Orchestra 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

The health and safety of SYO students and their families are of the greatest importance to the Surrey Symphony Society. We will hold 2021/2022 activities both online and in-person in accordance with governmental regulations. Periodic email updates are sent to all SYO members and should be checked frequently as rehearsal information is subject to change. In addition to weekly rehearsals and the season highlights, the SYO hosts two chamber music workshops and other exciting activities throughout the year. We look forward to having you join us!