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Audition Information

Auditions for all of the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestras are held at the beginning of each season in September and in February. Auditions last approximately 10 minutes and are performed without accompaniment. Students interested in auditioning should call the SMSO office at 269-982-4030 to make an appointment. All applicants will be notified of audition results immediately or by email.

Audition Details:

Students will be asked to play a piece of their choice from the standard repertoire for their instrument which demonstrates their present level of accomplishment, to play scales as required of MSBOA Proficiency I (available here), and to sight read. Auditions are required of all NEW members. Returning Youth Symphony members MAY ask to re-audition in the fall or spring for new seating placement.

Elementary and Middle School students who wish to be considered for the Concert Strings and/or Encore Strings Orchestras will be asked to prepare a very short, informal audition to determine the best placement of these students in the appropriate group. Students will be asked to play a short piece of their choice and a scale representing their present level of technique and range.
Middle School students who wish to be considered for the LMYO Winds will be asked to play a short piece of their choice and a scale representing their present level of technique and range.
Students in all groups MUST participate in their own school orchestra or band program if one exists at their school in order to participate in the LMYO program.
Tuition fees are assessed at the beginning of each season. To activate LMYO player membership, A fee of $105 is due upon acceptance into any one of the ensembles and are due for each term. Additional students in the same family may register for $65. Tuition fees include:

  • Free passes for all students to all SMSO concerts
  • 2 adult tickets to the LMYO-SMSO “Side-by-Side” concert for each Family
  • A 25% discount to SMSO concerts (Zone A) for all LMYO Parents
Need-based scholarships are available through the SMSO office for tuition. These scholarships involve volunteering for the LMYO organization.