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The Empire State Youth Orchestra returns for a musically daring season with in-person rehearsals and LIVE concerts. Make music and friends with ESYO. 

Important Dates
Virtual Auditions Begin April 19, 2021
Audition Videos Due June 9, 2021


With 13 ensembles and orchestras suiting a range of playing levels, ESYO challenges you to excel, grow, and perform. Meet, play, and collaborate with musicians who are as passionate and dedicated as you. Learn from outstanding conductors, coaches, and international artists, while deepening your musical skills with challenging repertoire. All this, while having some serious

Whether you are just starting out, or you are an experienced player, whether you are a jazz or classical musician, ESYO has a place for you.

How do I Join?
To enroll in any of ESYO’s full season performing groups, you need to sign up for an audition. An ESYO audition is not a competition, it is a process that helps ESYO conductors place you in the best ensemble based on your current musical experience. Current and prospective members audition online by instrument, rather than signing up for a specific ensemble. We rely on a panel of experienced judges and ESYO Conductors to place you in an ensemble that will challenge you as a musician, nourish your continued growth, and engage you in a joyful pursuit of musical excellence.
To learn more about ESYO and the audition process: Visit
Apply for an online audition today.


Step 1: To start an application, apply by instrument. The $50 application fee is due at the end when you submit your application and required audition videos. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify. To qualify for a waiver you must email an SAT or ACT fee waiver documentation or Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program documentation to for approval prior to submitting your audition.

Step 2: Prepare your required audition materials: SOLO Piece(s), orchestral excerpt, scales, or Jazz solo. Click here for more information about audition guidelines and expectations.

Step 3: Record your audition materials. You should record (1) video for each solo piece and (1) video for your prepared excerpts or scales as required for your instrument. Be sure to reference the Video Submission Guidelines for more information. View Video Submission Guidelines.

Step 4: Upload your audition videos to your Acceptd account. You do not have to upload your videos all at once.

Step 5: Submit your completed audition (application and videos). Pay the $50.00 audition fee or enter your pre-approved fee waiver code. 

Now Auditioning the following instruments:

Strings | Classical & Jazz
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass (Classical)
  • Guitar (Jazz)
  • Bass (Jazz)- Acoustic preferred, electric accepted

Woodwinds | Classical & Jazz
  • Flute/piccolo 
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe/English Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone- Alto, Tenor, and Baritone (Wind Orchestra & Jazz)

Brass | Classical & Jazz
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet (Classical & Jazz)
  • Trombone (Classical & Jazz)
  • Euphonium (Wind Orchestra)
  • Tuba

Piano | Jazz Only

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