CKYO COVID-19 UPDATE (4/20/20)

In accordance with Fayette County Public Schools, all CKYO rehearsals, concerts, and after-school are cancelled for the remainder of the CKYO 2019-2020 Season. Current students and families may read more HERE. 


Audition materials for the 73rd Season: 2020-2021 are now available. Click HERE for more information.

CKYO FALL 2020 Update (7/6/20)

CKYO seeks input and interest from students and families for some small, in-person ensemble work for the first half of our 73rd Season: 2020-2021. Click HERE for the email sent to all current CKYO families and new families who have submitted their email for additional information. Please reply by 7/20/20.


Updated Audition Information for the 73rd Season: 2020-2021 is now available. Click HERE for more information.


These audition instructions are for students who are auditioning into a new orchestra or who did not participate in CKYO in 2019-2020.

The video audition 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).


There will be no sight reading on this audition and you should perform the parts of the audition in the following order:


  1. NAME: Clearly announce your name and instrument and the orchestra for which you are auditioning.

  2. EXCERPTS: Play the excerpts in order; no need to announce each excerpt just take a small pause as you move from one excerpt to the other.

  3. SCALES: Please announce which scales you are playing. STRINGS– please select THREE (3) scales from all those listed for the orchestra which you are auditioning. If your requirements include both major and minor scales, play at least 1 minor scale. WINDS -  please select TWO (2) scales from all those listed for the orchestra which you are auditioning. If your requirements include both major and minor scales, play at least 1 minor scale. Then your third scale will be your chromatic scale.

  4. SOLO: Please announce the name and composer of your solo. Plan to play between 2-4 minutes of a solo. 







Friday, August 14, 2020 at 11:59pm



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 yourself, label/name the video like this:                                 ORCHESTRA NAME, Instrument, Last name, First 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 so we have your information and the link to your video.

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