Young students of all abilities and ages are encouraged to audition for one of GTCYS’ ten orchestras.

Each spring, hundreds of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students audition for a place in one of GTCYS’ ten academic-year orchestras for the following fall. Students’ abilities range from one to two years of playing experience in our beginning ensembles to ten or more in GTCYS’ most advanced orchestras. Ranging in age from 8 – 18, musicians come from across the region and outlying areas to participate. Because GTCYS’ ten orchestras are tiered from elementary to pre-professional levels, we have a high placement rate for students of all abilities. Learn more about audition requirements and details at the links below.

2020-21 Audition Details

All students are required to audition each year to determine placement. To prioritize students’ well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak and to reduce barriers for participation, students will submit a recorded video of their 2020-21 audition through an online portal. Auditions for the second semester of the 2020-21 season are now open for new students.


Audition Requirements

A short solo and 2 scales are the primary audition elements, as well as orchestral excerpts for the most advanced orchestras. Review the specific audition requirements for each instrument.


Audition Registration Form

Registration for second semester auditions is open!


Audition Video Submission Form

Students will automatically receive the video submission form after completing the audition registration. The deadline to send in an audition video for the second semester is December 7, 2020.


What do I need to prepare? How are students placed? How do online auditions work? Are there audition tips? We’ve provided answers to your questions and additional resources.



GTCYS is committed to making our programs affordable for interested students, regardless of financial constraints, and we offer need-based scholarships.


GTCYS welcomes students of all backgrounds to participate in our programs. It’s our policy to provide equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from our programs and services for all individuals in admission, access, or employment. Please contact Program Director Miranda Bryan at miranda@gtcys.org with concerns or questions.

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