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TSYO Auditions & Registration
COVID-19 Update on 2020/21 TSYO Season
Over the past four months, we have been actively reimagining a path forward for the TSYO’s 2020/21 season in this challenging environment. Our goal is to ensure that the TSYO continues to engage its musicians with as many concerts and activities as possible, given the logistical and safety restrictions of COVID-19.
New programming will be developed and announced throughout the year as health restrictions evolve. The safety of our TSYO members is our priority, and we will respond as our environment changes. Rehearsals, concerts, Camp Weekend, and other TSYO activities will adhere to all public health guidelines and restrictions.
Given current restrictions, in-person, live auditions will not proceed as originally planned. Instead, applicants will be asked to pre-record their audition in one take and submit it via YouTube. Instructions and a shortened list of specific excerpts that should be recorded will be sent out to applicants by Thursday, September 3. Audition recordings will be due no later than Thursday, September 10. We will start our season with a series of online activities, including masterclasses and workshops with TSYO coaches and TSO musicians.
“Our commitment to training and inspiring the next generation of musicians remains steadfast. We will find unique and meaningful ways to coach, and to create one-of-a-kind musical learning opportunities,” says TSYO Conductor Simon Rivard.
We look forward to a season ahead that celebrates our commitment to music-making, learning, and resilience. If you have any questions, please contact us at TSYO@TSO.CA.
Applications for the 2020/21 Season are now closed.
TSYO Auditions FAQ
Why audition for the TSYO?
As a member of the TSYO, you will have the opportunity, either in person or online, to:
- Be coached by TSO musicians
- Meet with other young musicians
- Work with 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
- Attend our TSYO Camp Weekend training intensive
Who can audition?
- Anyone 22 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2020
- Instruments: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Percussion, Harp, Piano
- Due to the instrumentation of orchestral repertoire, we do not audition saxophone or other auxiliary instruments.
- Former TSYO members must re-audition each season.
What is the minimum age/skill level/RCM grade level required for the TSYO?
There is no minimum age or grade level required to audition or participate in the TSYO. Applicants are accepted into the orchestra based on their performance in their audition. Excerpt packets may include repertoire excerpts from the upcoming season’s planned repertoire as well as pieces that will not be performed in the upcoming season.
How much does it cost to be a member of the TSYO?
The TSYO is tuition-free. The audition fee in 2020/21 is $65.00. Audition fees are non-refundable after the application deadline (July 31, 2020). If your application is received after the application deadline, a $35.00 late fee will be applied.
What does a TSYO audition entail?
After your application is processed and the audition payment is received, you will receive your audition-preparation details and repertoire excerpts as a PDF via email. This packet will outline the specific audition requirements for your instrument and contain the repertoire 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 two-minute solo of your choice (no accompaniment) and perform the repertoire excerpts in your audition packet. Auditions are approximately 10 minutes long.
Given current restrictions, auditions will take place online for this season. Applicants will be asked to pre-record their audition in one take and submit it via YouTube. Instructions and a shortened list of specific excerpts that should be recorded will be sent out to applicants by Thursday, September 3. Audition recordings will be due no later than Thursday, September 10.
Your audition will be reviewed by a panel of two or three people (TSYO coaches, other TSO musicians, and/or the TSYO conductor).
What is the time commitment for the TSYO?
For the 2020/21 season, redesigned programming will be announced throughout the season, including changes to ensemble sizes as current health guidelines evolve. The TSYO will begin the season with masterclasses and workshops with TSO musicians and TSYO coaches, either online or in person. All TSYO activities will adhere to public health guidelines and restrictions.
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 programs since the TSYO is meant to supplement such programs, not replace them. Attendance at all TSYO activities is mandatory. Members will not be excused for paid gigs.
If you require further information, please email Nicole Balm, TSYO Manager & Education Assistant, at TSYO@TSO.CA.
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