About the Application
Am I eligible to audition?
Musicians aged 6 to 18 are invited to make an audition appointment with GSYO. Individual audition appointments are made year-round, based upon openings in the program. Candidates must study with a private teacher, and have had at least one year of lessons to be considered for placement.
Is there an audition fee?
Yes. GSYO requires a non-refundable audition fee of $25.00, which must accompany the application.
How do I choose which orchestra to audition for?
What if I choose the wrong orchestra when I fill out the application? Will I still receive placement?
If I only wish to participate in Summer Conservatory, do I still have to audition?
Audition Day Logistics
What should I wear for the audition?
When should I arrive for my audition?
Is parking available for auditions?
Yes. There is a small parking lot and ample street parking at the GSYO Office. GSYO rehearsal locations have large parking lots.
What should I bring with me to the audition?
Are there warm-up rooms once I arrive at the audition site?
How long is the audition?
What if I cannot make my audition appointment?
What are the audition requirements?
Is there a specific audition piece I should prepare?
Should I memorize the music for the audition?
When are auditions held?
Auditions for the current season are held year-round, based on openings in the program. Open auditions for next season will be held in March and early April. Please plan accordingly.
Where are auditions held?
All auditions are held in Palo Alto. Most auditions are held at the GSYO Administrative Office at 4055 Fabian Way in Palo Alto. Occasionally, auditions will be conducted at one of the GSYO rehearsal locations.
Who will listen to my audition?
What will the judges be listening for?
Can I observe a GSYO rehearsal prior to auditioning?
Yes! GSYO hosts Open House dates for each ensemble in February or March. Please check the How to Join page for more info.
After the Audition
When will I find out if I have been accepted?
Students auditioning for the current season will receive notification from the GSYO Office within a week of the audition. All Spring audition results will be sent in late-April/early-May. All auditioning students will receive correspondence, regardless of the outcome.