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Thank you for your interest in joining UVYSO!


Who we are:

UVYSO is the oldest youth orchestra in Utah Valley (est. 1960). Our alumni have gone to become members of such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony or the Los Angeles Philharmonic, have become music teachers or continued to play their instruments in a variety of settings, well beyond their time with us. We perform fully symphonic music (strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp, piano) and offer chamber music (as an option). UVYSO students work with professional musicians weekly—conductors who are university faculty, but also with professional soloists and clinicians. Our February concerts feature members of UVYSO who win our concerto competition as soloists. Our students come from all over the Utah Valley and beyond, ages up to 18+. We perform symphonic works as the great composers wrote them (rarely do we do arrangements, and if we do, they tend to be full pops orchestra type). We aspire to and work towards the highest artistic level possible.

Explore our website to learn about us in detail: https://uvyso.org/



We audition and welcome students throughout the year, but summer in-person auditions are on:


August 15, 5-7 pm

August 17, 10 am – 1 pm

at Summerhays Music of Orem, 1006 S State St, Orem, UT 84097


You will be able to schedule a specific time for your audition in the course of your application.


Audition Repertoire requirements:

  • One major and one minor scale of your choice (2-3 octaves or in as many octaves as you are used to playing)
  • A 3-5 minute solo that best represents your current level of playing (contrasting fragments recommended). No accompanist needed.
  • Percussionists should bring a pad and mallets/sticks.


Application process:
1. Complete the application and submit your audition fee payment ($20) by August 15. Within the application you will be able to indicate more than one instrument. If you play multiple instruments proficiently, we want to know this and hear you on them at your audition. As you fill out your application, please provide gmail email address if you have one (if you are accepted, gmail address will be required to join Google Classroom through which we communicate all kinds of details on a weekly basis.

  1. Select your preferred audition time. You will immediately receive confirmation of your selected audition time. Please arrive minimum 10 minutes before your audition.


Fee waivers are available for students who meet one of the indicators of economic need under Acceptd specifications.  Please contact Acceptd Support (support@getacceptd.com) to receive a fee waiver prior to submitting your application.


Acceptance letters:

Will be sent before August 22. Rehearsals begin Aug. 24. Our rehearsals are on Saturday mornings.



Questions about UVYSO? Contact Executive Director Blanka Bednarz at blanka.bednarz@uvyso.org


For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.