YSU Youth Orchestra

2022-2023 Audition Schedule

Photo of the Youth Orchestra in black tie attire on the stage at Stambaugh Stadium. A Christmas wreath hangs on the back wall.

Audition Information

The Youngstown State University Youth Orchestra is open to all area students, ages 13-18, by audition and presents two concerts annually. To audition for the 2022-23 season, please submit a video audition link performing a solo of your choice to this Google Form and the required excerpt below for your instrument.

Audition videos are due by the end of day on September 5, 2022. Make sure the video shows you in the frame and that the audio does not sound distorted before submitting.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Butler at mbutler03@ysu.edu.


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

All musicians must submit the excerpts for their instrument from:

• Symphony No. 2 and a solo of your choice (it only needs to be about 1 or 2 minutes)

*Violin—you have an additional excerpt from Symphony No. 4 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the PDF link below.

*Percussion—submit a short excerpt playing snare drum and something on a mallet instrument in addition to the timpani excerpt below.

*Clarinet—the original clarinet part for the Borodin is included below for reference. However, please play the transposed part so you’re performing the correct notes.

Music Excerpts: Please play the sections that are bracketed in blue(Click on your instrument to access the PDF file).

Video Instructions:

Audition videos are due by the end of the day on September 5, 2022. Make sure the video shows you in the frame and that the audio does not sound distorted before submitting. Use the Google Form below to submit your information and video link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQSFUBIKy9QAlgEhaEdVm0DE1A-WzluF139NJb_n1l8grAew/viewform?usp=send_form


2022-2023 Tentative Rehearsal Schedule

DATE EVENT
September 5 Audition videos due
September 12 Rehearsal
September 14    Senior Concerto Competition (5:00-7:00 pm) 
September 19 Rehearsal
September 26 Rehearsal
October 3 Rehearsal
October 10 Rehearsal
October 17 Rehearsal
October 24 Rehearsal
October 31 Rehearsal
November 7 Rehearsal
November 14 Rehearsal
November 21 Rehearsal
November 28 Rehearsal
December 4

Concert – 4:00 pm at Stambaugh Auditorium
Dress Rehearsal – 12:00-3:00 pm

January 9 Rehearsal
January 16 No Rehearsal - Martin Luther King Holiday
January 23 Rehearsal
January 30 Rehearsal
February 6 Rehearsal
February 13 Rehearsal
February 20 No Rehearsal - President's Day
February 27 Rehearsal
March 6 Rehearsal
March 13 Rehearsal
March 20 Rehearsal
March 27 Rehearsal
April 3 Rehearsal
April 10 Rehearsal
April 17

Likely no rehearsal due to spring breaks for most area schools

April 24 Rehearsal
April 30 Concert – 4:00 pm at Stambaugh Auditorium
Dress Rehearsal – 12:00-3:00 pm

The Youngstown State University Youth Orchestra is open to all area students, ages 13-18, by audition and presents two concerts annually. Dr. Michael S. Butler, Youth Orchestra Music Director and Richard Smrek, Assistant Director, are retained by the Youngstown State University to provide artistic leadership.