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• Auditions for the CSYO program will be held August 15-18 at Walnut Hills High School

• There is a non-refundable application fee of $25. This fee will be $30 beginning July 1.

• All applications must be received by July 31, 2018 to guarantee an audition time. If you need assistance after this date please call 513.744.3350.

• All auditions are judged by musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

If selected for a CSYO ensemble all musicians are expected to attend regular rehearsals, and are REQUIRED to attend all mandatory rehearsals, sectionals and performances. The season runs September through the end of May, including a performance on Memorial Day.


1. Complete the CSYO audition application

2. Download and complete the signature for and obtain all necessary signatures

3. Download and print the excerpts

For the audition please be prepared to play the following:

a) Scales - be sure to follow directions on the excerpt cover sheet.

b) Orchestral Excerpts: Selections are marked. Tip – listen to various recordings. Students in grades 9-12 should prepare all of the excerpts. Students in 7th  and 8th grade are only eligible for membership in the Concert Orchestra and these grade levels should prepare only the first two excerpts. Please be aware that the audition panel may not ask for all excerpts but be prepared to play all of them to the best of your ability.

c) Solo: Two minutes of a solo (or excerpt from a piece) of your choice. This solo should be representative of your overall musical and technical ability. A piano will not be available. Be prepared to play unaccompanied and do not bring an accompanist. The piece does not need to be memorized. Bring two (2) copies of your piece or excerpt for the judges.

d) Sight reading: Don’t neglect to practice sight reading pieces with which you are unfamiliar to help prepare for this part of the audition.


Audition Application

If you have any questions, please email CSYO@cincinnatisymphony.org or call 513-744-3350.



CSYO Philharmonic & Concert Orchestra Auditions


All auditions will be held at Walnut Hills High School. If you are using GPS to assist you please use the address listed below.

GPS address

           1501 Jonathan Avenue
           Cincinnati OH 45207-1403


1. Use Lot D located on Jonathan Avenue
2. Enter at the double doors with CSYO sign


1. Sign in at the registration table
2. You will submit any necessary paperwork
3. Your photo will be taken
4. You will be directed to the warm-up room


1 .Check in with the warm-up room monitor
2. You will remain in the warm-up room until called
3. There are no private warm-up rooms available


1. All auditions are a maximum of 10 minutes
2. Students must bring 2 copies of their audition piece
3. Once your audition is completed you will be taken back to the warm-up room
4. Water fountains and restrooms are located on the first floor near the entrance. There will be some seating available for parents.
5. Audition results will be announced on or around August 17.