Supplemental Auditions for
the 2022-2023 Season


If you will be in the 4-6 grade in the Fall of 2022 and play VIOLA or BASS and would like to audition for the Westchester Elementary Strings, please complete this form and the conductor will schedule your audition.


If you will be in the 10-12 grade in the Fall of 2022 and play OBOE or TROMBONE and would like to audition for the Westchester Youth Symphony, please complete this form and the conductor will schedule your audition.


Please see below for information on preparing for your audition.

GWYOA Audition Information

Types of auditions:

  • If you are NOT currently a GWYOA member and are interested in joining the Westchester Elementary Strings, Westchester Junior Strings, or Westchester Youth Symphony

  • If you are CURRENTLY a graduating GWYOA member (ES grade 7 in September 2022, JS grade 10 in September 2022) and wish to MOVE UP to Westchester Junior Strings or Westchester Youth Symphony

Please note: If you are a CURRENT GWYOA musician and are not MOVING UP to the next orchestra (ES grade 7 in September 2022, JS grade 10 in September 2022), you do not need to audition for the 2022-2023 season.

Auditions are by grade only:

Westchester Elementary Strings - For string players entering grades 4-6 in September 2022

Westchester Junior Strings - For string players entering grades 7-9 in September 2022

Westchester Youth Symphony - For string players entering grades 10-12 in September 2022, and for brass, wind and percussion musicians entering grades 9-12 in September 2022

Preparing for your In-person audition:

Please be prepared to play a scale (1) you have mastered, as well as a polished piece that best demonstrates your present skill level. You may also be asked to sight-read. For longer pieces, excerpts will be heard rather than the entire work.

Attending your In-person audition:

In-person auditions are currently scheduled to be held at: RIDGEWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 225 Ridgeway, White Plains NY 10605 / click for Google map
Please check back here the week of your audition for specific location information.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to unpack and warm up. Please give the registered Student Musician name at the check-in desk. We will attempt to keep to the time selected. Walk-ins will be accommodated after those who have registered. There could be a substantial wait for those who have not registered.

Preparing for your Zoom audition:

Please be prepared to play a scale (1) you have mastered, as well as a polished piece that best demonstrates your present skill level. For longer pieces, excerpts will be heard rather than the entire work. Due to the technical complexity of an online audition, there will be no sight-reading.

Preparing your electronic device and audition space:

  • You will need to have an electronic device with a camera, such as a tablet, laptop or cell phone, and a reliable WiFi or cellular connection in the audition space.

  • Make sure your device is charged and the latest version of the Zoom app is installed. https://zoom.us/

  • Make sure everything is ready in your audition space - chair, music stand, instrument tuned, etc.

  • Setting up your device’s camera – Strings: Make sure your upper torso through to the top of your head can be seen, and your entire bow arm at its widest range of motion. Woodwinds/Brass: Make sure your upper torso through to the top of your head can be seen and your instrument is in the field of vision. Percussion: Make sure your upper torso through to the top of your head can be seen, along with your arms and contact point of instrument.]

  • Make sure any bright light sources, (sunlight through a window, etc.), is not shining from behind you.

  • With the current high demand on internet service, and in the event that technical difficulties occur during your audition, we will make alternate arrangements at a later date.

If you do not have access to a device or are unable to use Zoom, please send us an email and we will make alternate arrangements: auditions@gwyoa.org Please include: Musicians first and last name, Email address, Instrument, Grade they will be entering in September 2022, and the reason you require alternate arrangements.

Attending the Zoom audition:

Complete instructions with a link to attend the audition will be emailed to the Zoom account email address you registered, the evening before your audition. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK THIS EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE DAY OF YOUR AUDITION IN CASE AN UPDATED LINK IS REQUIRED. You will also need to list the best phone number to reach you on the day of your audition.

Audition Results:

Conductors of the orchestra you auditioned for will notify you of your results. In past years, letters (snail mail) were sent out by the Westchester Elementary Strings and Westchester Junior Strings conductors, and results emails sent by the Westchester Youth Symphony conductor. Because the conductors results are based on the number of auditions per instrument and how they plan to put together their orchestra sections, the results are sent on a rolling basis. You may receive results as early as 2 weeks after your audition, to as late as the end of June. If you have not received results by August 1st, please inquire about your status at auditions@gwyoa.org.

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Zoom audition): For NEW musicians that wish to audition for the Westchester Youth Symphony.
S
tring players entering grades 10-12, and for brass, wind and percussion musicians entering grades 9-12 in September 2022.
Register for an audition (closes Friday, May 6, 6:00 pm):
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B49ACAC29A7FD0-newyouth4

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (In-person audition): For NEW musicians that wish to audition for the Westchester Junior Strings.
String players entering grades 7-9 in September 2022.
Register for an audition (closes Friday, May 13, 6:00 pm): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B49ACAC29A7FD0-newjunior4

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (In-person audition): For NEW musicians that wish to audition for the Westchester Elementary Strings.
String players entering grades 4-6 in September 2022.
Register for an audition (closes Friday, May 13, 6:00 pm): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B49ACAC29A7FD0-newelementary9

Monday, May 16, 2022, 5:00 pm - 8:44 pm (Zoom audition): For current GWYOA Junior Strings musicians that wish to Move Up to the Westchester Youth Symphony. String players entering grade 10 in September 2022.
Register for an audition (closes Sunday, May 15, 6:00 pm): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B49ACAC29A7FD0-moving9

Monday, May 16, 2022, 5:00 pm - 9:08 pm (In-person audition): For current GWYOA Elementary Strings musicians that wish to Move Up to the Westchester Junior Strings. String players entering grade 7 in September 2022.
Register for an audition (closes Sunday, May 15, 6:00 pm): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B49ACAC29A7FD0-moving10

Monday, May 16, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:32 pm (In-person audition): For NEW musicians that wish to audition for the Westchester Elementary Strings.
String players entering grades 4-6 in September 2022.
Register for an audition (closes Sunday, May 15, 6:00 pm): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B49ACAC29A7FD0-newelementary10

Saturday, May 14 - In Person Auditions Location Info

RIDGEWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
225 Ridgeway, White Plains NY 10605 / click for Google map
Please park in the parking lot in the front of the school. Enter the building through the front door and proceed straight ahead to the check-in table. See map below.

Monday, May 16 - In Person Auditions Location Info

RIDGEWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
225 Ridgeway, White Plains NY 10605 / click for Google map
Please park in the lot on the East side of the building. Enter the building through the door shown on the map below and proceed to the check-in table.

DO NOT PARK IN THE MAIN LOT IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL OR ATTEMPT TO ENTER THE BUILDING THROUGH THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL,
AS AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES WILL BE ON-GOING.