ensemble audition requirements

75th Season: 2022-2023

Audition Requirements

Click on the ensembles below for more information about audition requirements for each orchestra as well as details about each orchestra. The orchestras are listed below from least advanced to most advanced.  

A NOTE ABOUT CHROMATIC SCALES for Winds and Brass: The examples you may see in your audition requirements for a full range chromatic scale is just that - an example. We are NOT expecting you to play the chromatic scale as listed on the audition requirements for your instrument. What the judges are looking for is to hear your CURRENT range on your instrument. Start with your lowest comfortable note and play up to your highest comfortable note and back down. 

Specialty Instruments/programs​

  • PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE  (performs ensemble work and also all percussion parts for the symphonic orchestras at concerts) If you are interested in participating in the percussion ensemble, please complete this form and we will be in touch about auditions. Returning percussionists will not need to complete a spring ensemble audition to participate next season.

  • PIANO  - there are currently no openings for piano in the CKYO Symphony or Concert Orchestra for the 2022-2023 season. 

  • HARP - please email us at if you are a harp player interested in learning more about playing in our advanced ensemble which play original notation symphonic repertoire.

  • JAZZ ENSEMBLES - CKYO's jazz season runs January thru May of each year as to not conflict with marching band. If you are interested in being notified when Jazz Audition Info is live in October 2022, please complete this form.


When you are ready to record your video, click HERE to see the instructions for making your recording. In addition, HERE are some tips for getting ready to record.


Click HERE for some audition resources to help you prepare! 




  • PRACTICING SIGHT READING (there is no sightreading for this round of auditions, but it is always good to practice!)