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Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia (BYOV)

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Welcome to the Acceptd application page for Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia

We are excited that you are interested in BYOV and invite you to join us for the 2021-2022 season! We will continue using a video submission format for our auditions this year due to COVID-19 safe practices.

The first round of auditions is complete. Based on the results, we will hold a rolling round of auditions auditions for the following BYOV ensembles and instruments. 

Jr. Strings
: All instruments 

String Orchestra: All instruments
Concert Orchestra: Bass and Viola, French Horn, Clarinet, Basson, Trumpet
Symphony Orchestra: Violin, Viola, and Bass, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trombone, Tuba
Wind Symphony: All instruments

Description of Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia

Over 340 student musicians from throughout Hampton Roads create six performing ensembles to present concerts throughout the Tidewater area. Students from as far away as Williamsburg, Yorktown, and North Carolina, and as close as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Norfolk attend weekly rehearsals and present several concerts per year at venues throughout the area.

Under the direction and guidance of many supportive music educators for more than 45 years, BYOV has developed into one of the largest youth orchestra programs in the country. Bay Youth gives student musicians the opportunity to learn and perform the world’s greatest ensemble literature.

Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia is a 501C(3) non-profit organization and receives funding from the Business Consortium for Arts Support of South Hampton Roads, the City of Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission, the City of Norfolk Arts and Humanities Commission, the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For technical questions please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.