Open Auditions for the 2020-2021 Season

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Open Auditions for the 2020-2021 Season originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and Monday, May 4, 2020, will be rescheduled at a later date.

If you would like to be notified when auditions are rescheduled, email us at:

Please include:

- Musicians first and last name

- Email address

- Instrument

- Grade they will be entering in September 2020

We welcome NEW musicians and current members MOVING UP to audition to participate in another exciting season of inspiring music!

Registration for auditions will open as soon as it is safe and/or convenient. Online auditions may be scheduled in advance or in lieu of in person auditions.

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 and wish to MOVE UP to Junior Strings or 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 2020, JS grade 10 in September 2020), you do not need to audition for the 2020-2021 season.

Auditions are by grade only.

Westchester Elementary Strings - For string players entering grades 4-6 in September 2020

Westchester Junior Strings - For string players entering grades 7-9 in September 2020

Westchester Youth Symphony - For string players entering grades 10-12 in September 2020, and for brass, wind and percussion musicians entering grades 9-12 in September 2020

Preparing for Your Audition:

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

What to Expect on Audition Day:

Online auditions may be held via Zoom, Skype, etc. We will coordinate this with you.

In person auditions will be held at: Westchester Community College, Academic Arts Building

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to unpack and warm up.

Please give the registered 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.

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 conductors. Due to the current situation, all results may be sent out by email only. 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. Depending on when auditions are held, 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