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Auditions

Auditions for OSYO ensembles are held at the beginning of June and in early September each year.  On occasion, special auditions may be held to fill vacant positions throughout the year.  Contact us at office@osyo.ca for more information. Our season runs from mid-September to early June. 

If you would like to be considered for a special audition if a spot comes available for the current season, please fill out the online form and you will be contacted with an audition time.

How to Audition

While auditions can be stressful, they are also a fact of life in musical performance. The OSYO aims to make the experience as positive and stress-free as possible. Applicants will be placed in the ensemble that best suits their playing, based on audition results.

Steps:

For New Members:

  1. Musician/Parent must:
              a.  Create a User Account
              b.  Complete Parent/Guardian registration
              c.  Complete Musician registration                                                                                                                                                                                      
     Note:  If you are < 18 yrs old, you must enter your Parent/Guardian information.  If you are > 18 yrs old, you may enter your own name under Parent/Guardian and you must also enter your information again under the Musician registration. 
  2. Musician/Parent pays the audition fee of $30 through an e-transfer to payments@osyo.ca.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email of the audition date and time.
  4. Musician prepares and practices the Audition Requirements. 
  5. On the day of your audition, relax and have fun!  Your audition is approximately a 5-7 minute duration.
  6. You will receive your results towards the end of June, following your audition.
  7. If accepted, you will receive an invoice with instructions to submit the appropriate registration fee via an e-transfer to payments@osyo.ca (please ensure you include the musician name and ensemble).
  8. Welcome to the OSYO!! In your account, you will find useful information i.e. policies and musician handbook which will provide an overview of expectations and requirements.

 

For Existing Members:

Musician/Parent must:

  1. LOGIN TO YOUR User Account
  2. Navigate to the Dashboard
  3. Review and Update Parent/Guardian registration - Note:  If you are < 18 yrs old, you must enter your Parent/Guardian information. If you are > 18 yrs old, you may enter your own name under Parent/Guardian and you must also enter your information again under the Musician registration.
  4. Review and Update Musician registration 
  5. Musician/Parent pays the audition fee of $30 through an e-transfer to payments@osyo.ca.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email of the audition date and time.  Confirmation will not be sent until “Musician Registration” has been updated and audition invoice paid.
  7. Musician prepares and practices the Audition Requirements. 
  8. On the day of your audition, relax and have fun!  Your audition is approximately a 5-7 minute duration.
  9. You will receive your results towards the end of June, following your audition.
  10. If accepted, you will receive an invoice with instructions to submit the appropriate registration fee via an e-transfer to payments@osyo.ca (please ensure you include the musician name and ensemble).
  11. Welcome to the OSYO!! In your account, you will find useful information i.e. policies and musician handbook which will provide an overview of expectations and requirements.

Audition Requirements

Symphony Orchestra

Open to all high school and post-secondary instrumentalists.

Auditions include:

  • One solo piece of musician’s choice (not to exceed 1 minute).
  • Major / Minor scale of conductor’s choice up to 3 sharps / 3 flats.
  • Download and prepare at least one of the excerpt requirements for your instrument (see below).

Philharmonia

Open to Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Percussion. Musicians should be at minimum Suzuki book 4 or RCM Grade 5/6 playing level, or higher. 

Auditions include:

  • One 3-octave minor scale of musician’s choice (single octave scale for Bass).
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating top level performance.
  • Sight reading will be required.
  • There is no excerpt required.

Sinfonia

Open to Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass. Musicians should be at Suzuki Book 2-4 or RCM Grade 2-4 playing level.

Auditions include:

  • One 2-octave major or minor scale of musician’s choice.
  • One polished piece demonstrating top level performance (minimum book 2 level).
  • Sight reading will be required.
  • There is no excerpt required.

Youth Band

Open to Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba and Percussion. Musicians should have at least 1 full year experience with their chosen instrument.

Auditions include:

  • One octave major or minor scale of musician’s choice.
  • 1 polished piece demonstrating top level performance.
  • There is no excerpt required.

Registration Fee Schedule

Sinfonia/Youth Band

Symphony/Philharmonia

$750

$890

Family Discount of $50 for each additional child

 

For the 2022/2023 season, all fees are due by the second week of rehearsals.  Payment is to be made by email money transfer to: payments@osyo.ca.  If a password is required please use OSYO2021. Failure to pay fees by the due date could result in removal from the orchestra.

 

Bursaries:

OSYO is pleased to offer a limited number of Bursaries.  To apply for a partial bursary, please fill out the form here.  Once completed, please email to office@osyo.ca. We will inform you of our decision upon evaluation by our committee.

Refunds:

OSYO has many prepaid costs prior to the start of the season. But we do understand that your circumstances could change. If you choose to withdraw prior to the second rehearsal, we need to assess a $ 100.00 administration fee.

 Unfortunately, we cannot issue any refunds if a musician chooses to withdraw any time after the second rehearsal.