SCYO is a non-profit organisation that provides orchestral music opportunities for young musicians from about 8 years up to 23 years of age. SCYO has ensembles to suit musicians at most musical standards. An audition process is held around October of each year, resulting in offers for places for the following year. SCYO will also consider musicians joining throughout the year. All considerations are at the discretion of the music director and conductors of the ensembles. Please contact the Director of Music, Maria Salmon, if you need more information.

Audition Process
Instrumental teachers can provide advice on the most applicable ensemble, or come along to a rehearsal night and/or open rehearsals and discuss with the conductors. Book an audition time slot or slots at a link that will be provided approximately a month prior to the audition weekend. Pre-prepare the audition pieces. All auditions are held over a single weekend, generally in October, with different groups and/or ensembles allocated different days. A small audition fee is payable on attendance.

At the audition, musicians generally need to present a prepared nominated excerpts and/or a short piece of their own choosing. (Amati only need to prepare a piece of their own choice – no sight reading piece will be required). The nominated excerpts will be made available on this page in advance.

If the audition weekend is completely unsuitable, please contact the musical director in advance. It may be possible to organise the submission of a video of the musician performing the audition pieces prior to the auditions. All other parts of the process remain the same (with the addition of the physical supply of a USB) – a time during the auditions is still to be booked and audition fee is applicable. The Audition panel will review the video at the time allocated.

Offers for membership of an ensemble generally be made in November, and membership fees paid before the start of rehearsals the following February. Acceptance of a place in any SCYO ensemble is a serious commitment for the entire year! Carefully consider the need to attend Wednesday night rehearsals, weekend concerts, tutorials, workshops and other activities. An orchestral group cannot perform at a high standard unless all its members reliably participate. Audition fees are not refundable under any circumstances.

It is strongly advised and encouraged that musicians discuss and work with their instrumental teacher to choose the appropriate “own choice” piece and the nominated pieces. When choosing a piece, note that the maximum time to audition on one instrument is about 4 minutes across all pieces.

2019 Audition details
Booking link: TBA
Date: 27th and 28th October
Time: auditions run from approximately 8:30 till mid to late afternoon, depending on demand
Location: Chancellor State College
Fee: TBA

The SCYO ensembles can change from time to time, and can grow to support demand. It is quite rare to be unable to find a place for a musician. Existing ensembles cater for young musicians with around 1 year experience with an instrumental teacher through to more advanced musicians with 8 or 10 years experience. The audition panel will consider a number of factors such as the current level of musical development, age, maturity, and speed of development in determining placements. In addition, pathways between ensembles are sometimes able to be offered, for example some musicians from Sinfonia Strings may be offered to participate in the strings section for Youth Symphony for some pieces.

Membership of advanced small ensembles such as Chamber Strings and Stage Band, are by invitation only, after auditions. Nominate interest in these groups at Open Days or at other ensemble auditions.

Parental Involvement
The success of SCYO and the breadth of what it offers for the cost, is dependent on parent/carer volunteers, and assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please consider involvement. Most tasks are done during a Wednesday night rehearsal. Information meetings also occur on a Wednesday night. Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring musicians attend SCYO events, respond to requests, and for collecting musicians promptly from evening rehearsals and performances.