Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child/student prepare for the audition?
Audition requirements: All candidates must prepare a Major or Minor scale of their choice and TWO contrasting pieces of their choice.  We recommend that he/she prepare by playing the notes accurately and following dynamics; that the artistry and interpretation of the piece is appropriate; and most importantly, that he/she play with confidence!

What should my child/student play for his/her solo piece?
A solo piece should be a piece that best represents his/her current playing abilities. Please review the audition requirements for the ensemble for which he/she will be auditioning. The solo piece does not need to be memorized, and will be performed unaccompanied (there is NO piano available.)  Solo pieces should be 2–3 minutes in length. Longer movements for more advanced students are fine, but please be aware the adjudicators may stop the student before the movement is complete, for time’s sake.

Will my child/student need to play all of the orchestral excerpts?
Your child/student should prepare all of the orchestral excerpts listed under the requirements for the ensemble for which he/she will be auditioning. It is up to the adjudicators’ discretion whether or not all excerpts will be played during the audition.

Is there an audition fee?
No. There is no fee to audition for the Rockstar Youth Orchestras.
How much does the Rockstar Youth Orchestras program cost?
For the 2021 – 2022 season, a modest participation fee of $130 per month is charged. Personal, one on one private instruction is also available at an additional cost.

Do you accept students with little or no playing experience?
The Rockstar Youth Orchestras offer beginner/preparatory strings instruction to students through our Beginning Strings program, which provides individualized instruction and musicianship training.
What if the audition deadline has already passed?
Occasionally, there will be openings during the season for select instruments. Contact to find out if there are openings for your instrument.