NEW 2020: PercussionKC, an advanced percussion ensemble performing
as a group and in full orchestras

2020-2021 Season Auditions

Timeline, requirements and excerpts below

 

Audition Timeline

May 1: FIRST Registration Deadline, a non-refundable $15 audition fee is required at the time of registration

(beginning May 1, audition fee increases to $25)

FINAL PercussionKC deadline, no registration fee for 2020

After May 1: Confirmation of audition time sent via email

May 10: FINAL Audition Registration Deadline

May 8 & 9: PercussionKC Auditions

May 14, 15 & 16: Strings/Woodwinds/Brass and Harp Auditions Weekend
*New: Harp auditions will be live for 2020 auditions

Early June: Audition results and acceptance
instructions posted on youthsymphonykc.org

 

Audition Dates, Times and Locations

PercussionKC 

Friday, May 8, 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Liberty High School: 200 Blue Jay Drive, Liberty, Mo

 

Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Harp

Thursday, May 14, 6-9 p.m.

Friday, May 15, 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rockhurst High School: 9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, Mo

 

Audition Requirements/Excerpts

Each instrument has a packet of audition materials available for download.  You will download your respective instrument’s audition packet for specific audition requirements. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view each packet.

*New for 2020, students must select one instrument to audition

2020/2021 Ensembles

Symphony Orchestra
Advanced Full Orchestra
Conducted by Steven D. Davis
Grades 10-12

Academy Orchestra
Advanced Full Orchestra
Conducted by Kirt Mosier
Grades 8-12

Philharmonic Orchestra
Intermediate Full Orchestra
Conducted by Michelle Davis
Grades 7-11

Debut Orchestra
Preparatory Full Orchestra
Conducted by Sheri Cain and Amanda Kremer
Grades 6-9

Overture Strings
Preparatory Ensembles
Conducted by Marie Coleman and Page Mitchum
Grades 5-8

PercussionKC
Advanced Percussion Ensemble
Conducted by Clif Walker
Grades 7-12

Each instrument has a packet of audition materials available for download.  You will download your respective instrument’s audition packet for specific audition requirements. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view each packet.

Program FAQ (click for information)

Below are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive regarding the Youth Symphony program and the audition process.

What is a full orchestra?

A full orchestra is a musical ensemble that includes instruments from all four common instrument familes: string, woodwind, brass and percussion.

What is PercussionKC?

Students selected for PercussionKC, an advanced ensemble, will rehearse and perform in both percussion ensemble and symphonic orchestra settings. 

When and where are rehearsals?

Rehearsals take place at various locations throughout the area including area schools, universities and other facilities on Sunday afternoons from mid-August – May, except for certain holidays. All dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

Symphony Orchestra: Sundays, 12:30-3:00 p.m., The Loretto, 1111 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo 

Academy Orchestra: Sundays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Loretto, 1111 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo

Philharmonic Orchestra: Sundays, 1-3 p.m., The Loretto, 1111 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo

Debut Orchestra: Sundays, 3:30-5 p.m., The Loretto, 1111 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo

Overture Strings: Sundays, 12:30-2 p.m., The Loretto, 1111 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo

PercussionKC: Sundays, 2-4 p.m., Liberty High School, 200 Blue Jay Drive, Liberty, Mo

 

Where are concerts held?

Concerts are held at the area’s most prestigious professional venues including Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Folly Theater and Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.  Additional venues include area high schools and community centers.

What is the financial commitment?

Program fees range from $396 to $846 annually, depending on the orchestra in which your child participates.  Our goal is to reduce barriers to participation – financial assistance is available for families with qualified need.  Across the span of the year, ensemble fees equate to less than $10.00 per hour of instruction.  See below about Financial Aid.

See complete information on our Tuition and Fees page.

Are there other commitments?

Youth Symphony thrives due to its parent volunteer program. Each family that participates in the program agrees to put forth 6 credits of volunteer time. Families have the option of completing these 6 volunteer hours or paying a fee of $150.

The only other fee is the non-refundable audition fee of $15, payable upon registration.  After the initial deadline of May 1, the non-refundable audition fee increases to $25. See complete information on our Tuition and Fees page.

Can my child participate in Youth Symphony but not
participate in his or her school band or orchestra program?

No. Youth Symphony of Kansas City is not designed to replace in-school music education programs. In fact, each student selected for Youth Symphony program signs an agreement committing to participate in his or her school music program, when one is available, on the respective instrument he or she plays in the program. This requirement is strictly enforced.

Is financial aid available?

Yes! Youth Symphony of Kansas City is committed to assisting students whose families demonstrate qualified financial need. Between $20,000 – 25,000 is provided annually for tuition assistance. Once the audition process is complete, a Financial Aid application form will be made available to all students offered a position in one of our orchestras. All applications are held in the strictest of confidence. No merit-based scholarships are available at this time.

Does my child need to have a private instructor to participate?

No. Private study is not required in order to participate, but it is strongly encouraged. Statistically, students who study privately audition more successfully.

Auditions FAQ (click for information)

Who is eligible to audition?

Young musicians residing within the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area and surrounding region who are beginning 5th grade through 12th grade. College students are not eligible.

My child has never auditioned. Isn’t it difficult to get accepted?

All students – regardless of previous program participation – are required to audition each year. This enables us to place all students based on ability at the level of orchestra that is right for them. Because we offer a comprehensive program at varying ability levels, most musicians participating in the program enjoy an enhanced orchestral experience.

When and where are auditions?

Audition Dates:

Strings/Woodwinds/Brass – May 14, 15 and 16

PercussionKC – May 8 and 9

Audition Locations:

Strings/Woodwinds/Brass – Rockhurst High School, 9301 State Line Rd. Kansas City, Mo

PercussionKC – Liberty High School, 200 Blue Jay Drive, Liberty, Mo

When will I know my audition date and time?

Audition dates and times will be emailed to you after May 1.

How long is each audition?

Each audition is approximately 7 minutes in length.

What if I need to request a different time?

Please call Youth Symphony office at 816-897-0577 or email us: rpieken@youthsymphonykc.org to request a schedule change.

What will my child be asked to perform during the audition?

Each instrument has a set of audition materials. See above for audition requirements and excerpts.

How do you determine which ensemble is right for my child?

Two independent adjudicators listen to every audition and recommend placement in an ensemble. Students will be placed based on their intonation, interpretation, tone, rhythm, technique and preparedness as demonstrated in the audition. Grade level and instrumentation needs of each ensemble may also be considered. Previous participation in Youth Symphony of Kansas City does not guarantee ensemble placement. All students – regardless of previous program participation – are required to audition each year. All ensemble placements are final. Scoring, judge comments and recommendations are not discussed with students, parents, private teachers and/or music teachers.