Audition Information

2022-2023 Season Auditions (Fall 2022 to Spring 2023) (strings/woodwinds/brass)

Our 2022-23 season auditions are now open for registration! These auditions are for entrance into the orchestra in the fall of 2022, with membership ending in June 2023.

We have resumed in-person rehearsals with safety measures in place, including air purifiers, masks and ventilation measures. All auditions will continue to be completed via video file submission format.

Audition Rounds and Deadlines

We audition all strings and winds (woodwind and brass) typically found in a full orchestra. If you play saxophone, piano or percussion/timpani, please register separately here to be notified of potential openings. All other instruments should use the button below.

Fall 2022 Audition Deadlines: (Please note that the timing of results are estimates. We do not hold seats open for later rounds.)

  • We are currently accepting applications for our Chamber Program, with a deadline of 9/30/22. Info and Registration here.
  • For all other groups, see registration below and inquire director@daayo.org for availability. (We have select openings available in our orchestras for the fall 2022-spring 2023 season.)

Important points:

  1. Make sure you download and read the instructions for video submission here.
  2. Remember to read our FAQ, as well as this entire page, before registering.
  3. Learn more about our various orchestras/levels through our videos on this website
  4. Specific audition requirements for each orchestra are located on this page (scroll down).

For the Chamber Program – Info and Registration here.
Questions? Contact us here.

Most applicants will follow a similar audition process of scales, etude, excerpt and sight-reading. Winds are an exception, see bottom of this page.  If you do not make your desired group, we will consider you for another orchestra; however, we may require an additional audition. Space is limited and we highly recommend that you look at the required excerpts closely to determine your best potential fit.


Rehearsals
All of our ensembles (with the exception of the Chamber Group) rehearse on Sunday afternoons (late August to May) at: 420 Maplelawn Drive Plano, TX 75075

The rehearsal times for each group are as below:
String Explorers (SE) (Strings Only): 5:00-6:30PM
Junior Strings (JS) (Strings Only): 2:00-3:30PM
Concert Strings (CS) (Strings Only): 1:30-3:15PM
Philharmonic Orchestra (PO) (Strings and Winds): 3:30- 5:30PM
Symphony Orchestra (SO) (Strings and Winds): 6:00-8:30PM

As a reminder, applicants should be in their school orchestra or band programs unless they are unavailable.

Chamber

We are taking applications for the DAAYO Chamber Group for the 2022-2023 season! (Deadline: 9/30/22)

Our Chamber Group rehearses on Saturday afternoons from 1-3:00PM @ the same location above. (1 hour block per each chamber ensemble) Chamber Group Auditions will be held separately. We may hold open rehearsals during the beginning of the season for interested applicants.

More information and to register to audition for Chamber

Audition Preparation – All auditions will be via video submissions

Audition Requirements

String Explorers

1. Scales:  All Instruments – 1 octave C major, A major
2. Etude: Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass
3. Excerpts: Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

Junior Strings

1. Scales: All Instruments – 2 octaves C Major, G Major
2. Etude:  Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass | Harp
3. Excerpt: Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

Concert Strings 

1. Prepare all requirements for Junior Strings (including Etude and Excerpt) as noted above, as well as the below:
2. CS Excerpt: (measures 1-30 for all instruments) Violin 1 | Violin 2 | ViolaCello | Bass (Violins can pick either excerpt depending on what section they wish to join. Harps – please still use JS etude as above).
3. Concert String Scales – (Replace Junior String Scales)

Violin – Bb Major, D Major *3 Octaves preferred.
Viola – F Major, D Major *3 Octaves preferred.
Cello – F Major, D Major *3 Octaves preferred.
Bass – G Major, F Major

Philharmonic Orchestra

Strings Applicants for Philharmonic should prepare the following:
Philharmonic Etude: Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass | Harp
Philharmonic Excerpt: Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass 
Philharmonic Scales:

Violin: A Major & Eb Major *3 Octaves required
Viola: Eb Major & G Major *3 Octaves required
Cello: Eb Major & G Major *3 Octaves required
Bass: Bb Major & D Major *2 Octaves required

Winds: See below

Symphony Orchestra

String applicants who wish to be considered for the Symphony need to prepare all of the above Philharmonic Requirements (Etude/Excerpt/Scale) as well as the following:

Wind Applicants – Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra

Wind Applicants for Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra should prepare the following:
1. Scales: Winds – Submit a scale of your choice (up to 5 sharps/5 flats (major key only)). (2 or 3 octave)
2. Solo of your choice