All About Auditions

Audition Registration for 2017-2018 is now closed.

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The following is provided for informational purposes only.  Audition registration for 2017-18 is now closed.

Audition Requirements

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.

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

Trumpet

Horn

Trombone

Tuba

Percussion

Violin

Viola

Cello

Bass

Harp*

*Interested harp students should contact Russ Pieken at rpieken@youthsymphonykc.org

 

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

 

Audition Dates:

Violins/Violas – May 18, 19, and 20

Cello/Bass/Woodwinds/Brass – May 19 and 20

Percussion – May 20

Audition Locations:

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

Percussion – Shawnee Mission West High School, 8800 W. 85th St. Overland Park, KS

 

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.

When are rehearsals?

Rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from mid-August – May, except for certain holidays.

Where are rehearsals located?

Rehearsals take place at various locations throughout the area including area schools, universities and other facilities. All dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

Symphony Orchestra: Gem Theater, 18th and Vine Jazz District

Academy Orchestra: Shawnee Mission East High School, 7500 Mission Rd. Prairie Village, KS

Philharmonic Orchestra: Shawnee Mission East High School, 7500 Mission Rd. Prairie Village, KS

Debut Orchestra: Shawnee Mission West High School, 8800 W. 85th St. Overland Park, KS

Overture Strings South: Shawnee Mission West High School, 8800 W. 85th St. Overland Park, KS

Overture Strings North: Location TBD

Overture Winds: Shawnee Mission West High School, 8800 W. 85th St. Overland Park, KS

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, Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College, the Gem Theater and White Recital Hall on the campus of UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.  Additional venues include area high schools and community centers.

What is the financial commitment?

Program fees range from $396 to $596 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.

Families are also responsible for securing charitable contributions totaling $120. See complete information on our Tuition and Fees page.

Are there other commitments?

The Youth Symphony thrives due to its parent volunteer program. Each family that participates in the program agrees to put forth 6 hours of volunteer time. Families have the option of completing these 6 volunteer hours or paying a fee of $160.

The only other fee is the non-refundable audition fee of $15, payable upon registration.  After the initial deadline of April 28, the non-refundable audition fee increases to $35. 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. The Youth Symphony of Kansas City is not designed to replace in-school music education programs. In fact, each student selected for the 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! The 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:

Violins/Violas – May 18, 19, and 20

Cello/Bass/Woodwinds/Brass – May 19 and 20

Percussion – May 20

Audition Locations:

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

Percussion – Shawnee Mission West High School, 8800 W. 85th St. Overland Park, KS

When will I know my audition date and time?

Audition dates and times will be emailed to you after May 5.

How long is each audition?

Each audition is approximately 7 minutes in length.

What if I need to request a different time?

Please call the 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 the 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.

Austria Tour 2018

Plans are underway for a June 2018 tour of Austria and the Czech Republic with performances in Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague. This is available to Symphony Orchestra and Academy Orchestra members only. Eligible students will receive more detailed information upon acceptance. Tour participation is not required of accepted members.

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