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Welcome and thank you for your interest in applying for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 2020/21 season! We welcome students of all ability levels to find a home in one of our six orchestra ensembles where they will feel comfortably challenged. Whether you have never touched an instrument before, are of a pre-professional level, or anywhere in between, the JSYO is excited to be a part of your musical journey!
A brief overview of our ensemble offerings:
Jump Start Strings: A beginning level string orchestra for musicians with one year of string instruction or less, including students seeking to pick up their first string instrument.
Foundation Strings: A string orchestra for advancing beginner musicians recent to orchestral playing.
Encore Strings: A string orchestra for intermediate level musicians. Musicians in this ensemble are several years into study on a string instrument and are familiar with ensemble playing.
Premier Strings: A string orchestra for players at an intermediate and advancing level. This ensemble performs a combination of original music and arrangements of standard orchestral repertoire.
Repertory Orchestra: A full symphonic orchestra for intermediate and advanced musicians including string, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano, and harp players. This full orchestra performs standard works from the orchestral literature.
Philharmonic: A full symphonic orchestra consisting of some of the most advanced and pre-professional musicians in Northeast Florida including string, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano, and harp players. This orchestra performs challenging works in the standard orchestral literature.
Instructions for application and video submission: (Note: If you have already submitted an Application Form, please proceed to step 4)
- Download the Placement Guide, Excerpts, Scale Sheets, and Audition Instructions from http://jaxsymphony.org/jsyo-auditions/
- After reading the Audition Instructions thoroughly, click “APPLY” on http://jaxsymphony.org/jsyo-auditions/
- Fill out and submit the Application Form on http://jaxsymphony.org/jsyo-auditions/
- Come back to https://app.getacceptd.com/jaxsymphony and create a personal account for each student applicant by selecting your program under “Start an Application."
- Follow the prompts to upload and submit a video of your solo piece and excerpt requirements. This can be one combined video or two separate videos.
- After you have submitted your solo piece and excerpt requirement video(s), you will receive an email notification and instructions to complete the scales and sight-reading portion of the audition.
- Upload and submit a video of your scales and sight-reading within 24 hours of receiving the email notification and instructions in step 6. This can be one combined video or two separate videos.