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Note: Audition results will be announced shortly after the May 1 audition deadline. After the May 1 deadline, we will be accepting students on a rolling admissions basis through June 15. 

The Youth Orchestras of Charlotte (YOC) is dedicated to nurturing and inspiring the musical talents of youth in the greater Charlotte area. We provide exceptional instruction and performance experiences in symphonic orchestra and chamber ensemble settings. We are committed to musical excellence and rigor as well as diversity and inclusiveness. Our ensembles are led and coached by a team that includes musicians of the Charlotte Symphony and area music educators. Our Music Director, Dr. Ernest Pereira, has nurtured the talents of the region’s finest young musicians for over 30 years. His inspiration, experience and dedication has enhanced and elevated the musical training of many talented students from both North Carolina and South Carolina.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are proceeding with video auditions in lieu of our live auditions. All students who have registered for an audition through the YOC website will have the ability to submit a video audition through the Acceptd platform using a free coupon code. The coupon code is good for one audition submission for which the applicant has already been pre-registered with YOC. Multiple submissions using the coupon code could result in further monetary charges. 

Note:  If you do not have your instrument at home at this time, we will hear you audition once the restrictions are lifted. Please send an email to Mrs. Rydel at if you are in this situation.

In order to view your video audition requirements; you must select your ensemble, group, instrument and program in the 'Apply Here!' column to your left. From here, you will be taken to the audition requirement information  (i.e. specific scales listed; if required for your instrument) for your particular instrument/ensemble.  


  • Select your ensemble, group, instrument, program
  • Input your information
  • Upload your audition materials
  • Enter coupon code
  • Submit your audition

Suggestions for video auditions:

The judges want you to demonstrate what you can do. Prepare all of the requirements listed for your instrument/ensemble on the YOC video audition sheet. The judges are listening for rhythmic accuracy, appropriate tempos, intonation, pitch accuracy, tone, musicality, and technical fluency.

A few tips about your audition recording:

  • Aim for the best possible audio and video quality.
  • Upload your audition as a single recording; no editing
  • Keep a copy of your audition recording file for your records.
  • DO NOT send your audition recording in an email

Contact Chris Rydel at