All About Auditions

Audition Registration for the 2018-19 season is now closed.

Audition Dates for 2019-20 are May 16, 17 and 18.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Overture Strings North: Discovery Middle School, 800 Midjay Dr. 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?

The 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 $20, payable upon registration.  After the initial deadline of April 27, 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 17, 18, and 19

Cello/Bass/Woodwinds/Brass – May 18 and 19

Percussion – May 19

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 4.

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.

 

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