ensemble audition requirements


Audition requirements and information about each of the CKYO Classical Ensembles for 2021-2022 are linked below.


The first page of each document linked below contains information about the ensemble (tuition, objectives, rehearsal day, etc). and the second page contains the Audition requirements for this audition, including links to the orchestral excerpts.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (full symphonic orchestra, most advanced)

CONCERT ORCHESTRA (full symphonic orchestra, second most advanced)

REPERTORY ORCHESTRA (full symphonic orchestra, beginning full orchestra experience)


PIANO (openings in Symphony and Concert Orchestra)

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE  (performs ensemble work and also all percussion parts for the symphonic orchestras at concerts) PERCUSSION AUDITIONS will happen LIVE by appointment. To schedule your percussion audition, click HERE.

If you are interested in playing harp in CKYO, email us at

Scales: Click HERE for SCALE sheets.

Once you have prepared your audition, follow the instructions below for recording your audition and submitting it to CKYO by Friday, June 18, 2021 (except for Percussion).


The video performance is trying to replicate the in-person audition experience as much as possible. Each video should be one long, continuous take (i.e. you should not edit together each part of the audition with breaks and stops throughout; however you may practice making several long videos of your audition and submit the best one).


We are very happy to receive auditions made with a smartphone. If it’s reasonably clear, we will be able to use the material. If there are issues, we’ll get in touch with you.


You can make your video wherever you’d like, but consider playing in a larger space that sounds good to you and be sure that your face, hands and instrument are visible. Make sure your music stand is not covering you and that judges can see your fingering, bowing, posture, etc.


Your video should be made in one take and the separate parts should not be edited and instead be played straight through to replicate an in person audition experience. 


  1. If you do not have one, create a YouTube account using the YouTube app (you’ll need a Google account first) or visit the site. Directions on how to create an account

  2. Have someone help record your audition. Make sure you are clearly visible and the stand is not in front of you. The video must clearly show the musician’s face, hands, and instrument. Instructions on how to upload your video on various devices

  3. At the start of your video, please state ALL and ONLY the following:

    • “Hello, my name is __________. And I play ________ (instrument).”

    • “I am auditioning for ________________ Orchestra” 

    • “I will be playing ________ (scale #1), __________ (scale #2), and _______ (scale #3).

    • “The solo I am performing is … (state the name of the piece and composer)."

  4. Once you’ve recorded your video, label/name the video like this:  Student Name (First and last)_Instrument Name

  5. You will also have to change the video's privacy settings from “Public” to “Unlisted,” which is done in the field below where you renamed it. You will want to have your privacy settings of your video set as “Unlisted,” not “Private” or "Public.” In this way, CKYO will be able to share the link with the judges reviewing players of your instrument. Only our audition team team with this “Unlisted” link will be able to access your audition. Help on changing your video's privacy settings.

  6. When your video is uploaded and you have your link, complete the CKYO Video Submission Form below so we have your information and the link to your video.