New Student Audition

Now Accepting New Student Auditions
2024-2025 Season
Fall Semester


General audition guidelines

  • Choose audition solos and scales that represent your current level of playing.
  • Audition music should be thoroughly prepared and mastered to the best of your ability.
  • Students should consult their  private teacher or school music teacher for selection and preparation of appropriate audition music.
  • You may audition in-person on select dates or submit a video (see below for how to apply)

For more specific audition guidelines for your instrument follow these links:


Requirements to join YOBC

School Music Program Participation Requirement
All students must participate in their school instrumental music program as available.

Private Lesson Requirement
YOBC students must take private lessons. Elementary students who play a band instrument (ie: not a string instrument) are excluded from the private lesson requirement for their first year of membership in YOBC. However, we strongly recommend that all students take private lessons to support their overall musical progress.

Students who are not taking private lessons are allowed to audition for YOBC, however, once accepted those who are required to do so must begin private lessons prior to attending rehearsals in YOBC.

Conduct Requirement
YOBC requires students to treat their conductors, ensemble liaisons, and fellow musicians with respect. Students who repeatedly engage in disruptive or disrespectful behavior may be dismissed and required to forfeit YOBC membership and tuition.

Rehearsals
Core ensembles rehearse weekly on Sunday afternoons during the months of September-November and January-April at the Bucks County Community College, Newtown Campus. Most chamber groups rehearse weekly; string sectionals occur on a rotating basis for some ensembles.


When to audition for YOBC

With a video audition, you can audition to join YOBC at any time. Video auditions received after the 2nd week of a semester are considered for the next semester. In-person auditions are held on May 18th and 19th, for the next Fall semester.

2024-2025 Season Dates

Fall Semester
First Rehearsal: Sunday, September 8, 2024
Concert date is based on which ensembles you are placed in.
Concerts: Saturday, November 16, 2024, or Sunday, November 17, 2024

Spring Semester
First Rehearsal: Sunday, Early January 5, 2025
Concert date is based on which ensembles you are placed in.
Concerts: Saturday April 5, 2025, or Sunday, April 6, 2025


How to audition for YOBC

There are two ways to audition for YOBC. By submitting an audition video online or by attending in-person auditions that are held on May 18th and 19th, for the next Fall Semester

With a video audition, you can audition to join YOBC at any time. Video auditions received after the 2nd week of a semester are considered for the next semester. You will prepare your video audition and upload it before filling out your audition application. Instructions on how to submit your video can be found here.

Ready to audition for YOBC ?

  1. First, click here to complete an audition application. At the end of the application you will indicate if you want to audition in-person or submit a video audition.
     
  2. If you choose to submit a video audition online, the next step is to submit your video. Instructions to submit your video can be found here.

Questions?

Email office@yobc.org or phone 267-225-1908.