Youth & Education

TSYO Auditions - 2014/2015

Auditions for the TSYO 2014/2015 season will take place September 5-7, 2014 at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, in the Edward Johnson Building (80 Queens Park). (Note: Auditions on Friday, September 5 will take place between 4pm-9pm.)

Download the 2014/2015 TSYO Brochure (PDF)

Audition excerpts and requirements will be sent to you after your application and cheques have been received by the TSYO office. Auditions include prepared pieces, specified orchestral excerpts, and technical exercises. Former TSYO members must re-audition each season.

2014/2015 TSYO APPLICATION (Microsoft Word Fill-able Form)

2014/2015 TSYO APPLICATION (PDF Fill-able Form)

Send your application and cheques by Friday August 8, 2014 by:

MAIL: Rachel Robbins, TSYO Manager
Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra
212 King Street West, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M5H 1K5

EMAIL: rrobbins@TSO.CA
Applications received electronically will not be processed until payment is received.

TSYO AUDITION RESULTS
TSYO Audition Results will be posted on the TSYO Members Page at 11:00am on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Please direct TSYO inquiries to:

Rachel Robbins
TSYO Manager
Phone 416.593.7769 ext. 372
E-mail: rrobbins@tso.ca

TSYO Auditions FAQ:

Why audition for the TSYO?
As a member of the TSYO, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Be coached by TSO musicians
  • Perform great orchestral repertoire
  • Meet with other young musicians
  • Work with world-renowned conductors
  • Be eligible to participate in the annual TSYO concerto competition
  • Attend masterclasses led by TSO guest artists
  • Perform side-by-side with the TSO onstage at Roy Thomson Hall
  • Attend camp weekend

Who can audition?

  • Anyone 22 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2014
  • There is no minimum age, grade, or music level required to audition
  • Instruments: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Percussion, Harp

How do I apply to audition for the TSYO?
The audition brochure and application will be available soon. Please check back to this page in mid-June.

How much does TSYO cost?

  • AUDITION FEE: $35.00 (non-refundable)
  • REGISTRATION FEE: $730.00 (includes all costs associated with rehearsals, masterclasses, Concerto Competition, chamber music, and Camp Weekend transportation and accommodation)
    All touring is subject to a separate fee.

Payment Option 1: Enclose one cheque for $730.00 with your application.
Payment Option 2: Enclose two cheques for $365.00 each with your application, dated for September 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015.
Registration Fee cheque(s) will be returned via mail to unsuccessful applicants.

Please note that the TSYO is able to provide a limited number of bursaries. For more information and how to apply for a bursary, please see Awards and Bursaries.

What does a TSYO audition entail?
Auditions are approximately 10 minutes long. After your application is processed, you will be sent an audition packet. This packet will outline your specific audition requirements for your instrument and contain the excerpts you will be expected to prepare. Each instrument may have slightly different audition requirements. In general, you can expect to be asked to play a 2 minute solo of your choice as well as perform the repertoire excerpts in your audition packet. You may be asked to play scales or sight read. You will be auditioning in front of a panel 2-3 people (TSYO coach(es), other TSO musician(s), and/or TSYO conductor).

Can I request a specific audition time during the weekend?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate audition time requests. We ask that you keep the audition weekend open until you receive your assigned audition date and time. Audition times will be assigned in late August.

What is the time commitment for TSYO?
TSYO rehearsals generally take place between September-May from 2:30pm-5:30pm on Saturday afternoons at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, in the Edward Johnson Building. In addition to weekly rehearsals, there is a camp weekend, three term concerts, our annual Side-by-Side concert with the TSO, and various masterclasses and extra rehearsals with guest conductors. There may be extra concerts or run-outs (a run-out is an overnight trip to perform a concert in a nearby city). A schedule of the full year will be provided at the first rehearsal and after that point TSYO members are required to check weekly emails throughout the season and note all schedule updates.

All TSYO members are expected to continue their school music programme as TSYO is meant to supplement school music programmes, not replace it. Attendance at all TSYO activities is mandatory. Members will not be excused for paid gigs.

If you require further information, please email TSYO Manager, Rachel Robbins, at rrobbins@tso.ca. See you at auditions!


 

 

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