January 17, 2019
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Prospective New Members: How to Audition
New Members

  • Audition Requirement - visit this section to learn what orchestra is best for you.
  • Create An Account - find this at the top right hand corner of the page. You must do this in order to see and receive up-to-date information.
  • Calendar - Sign up for an audition time on the Calendar. You must create an account before signing up for an audition.
  • Store - There is a $10.00 audition fee for prospective members, that can be paid online at the Store.
  • Day Of Audition- please check in at the table outside the Austin High Orchestra Room, 15 minutes before your appointment. 

Membership in AYO is open to all interested orchestra students (grades 3 - 12) from throughout the central Texas area – public school, private school, charter school, and homeschool – and will be determined by the audition process. Students from schools with orchestra programs must be a member in their school orchestra. 

String auditions for Austin Youth Orchestra (AYO) program for the 2018-2019 season will be held as follows:   

May 14, 2018, and August 20, 2018

Stephen F. Austin High School, Fine Arts Wing
1715 West Cesar Chavez Street

6:30 PM:  Auditions Begin

Wind, percussion, piano and harp performers for the Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra performances each spring semester are selected/invited for AYO membership based on the results of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region Orchestra auditions. Performers on these instruments are NOT auditioned by the Austin Youth Orchestra.   

Membership Requirements   

If accepted in the AYO program, there is a $135.00 per semester tuition fee for each participating member. Members will receive comprehensive and intensive orchestral experience, including regular performances and exposure to literature of the highest quality. Membership in AYO is contingent on receipt of the tuition fee and return of the membership acceptance form signed by the student's orchestra or band director.  

Rehearsals for the seven orchestras are held weekly on Monday evenings at the locations/times indicated below:   

Prelude Orchestra – Austin High School, 7:00-8:00 PM (spring semester only)   
Concertante Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM (full-year)   
Intermezzo Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM   
Camerata Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM   
Sinfonietta Orchestra – O. Henry Middle School, 7:15-8:30 PM   
Philharmonic Orchestra – Austin High School, 7:00-9:00 PM   
Symphony Orchestra – Austin High School, 7:00-9:00 PM   

For additional information, contact the AYO administrative staff:

 Cathy Wood  512-422-1667   cathy.alfaro@yahoo.com
 Fidencio Solís  512-841-4534   fidencio.solis@austinisd.org
 Ana Maria Solís-Herrera   512-414-1251  ana.solisherrera@austinisd.org