oakville symphony youth orchestra

Auditions for our 2018/2019 season

Pre-season auditions for our 2018/19 season have been completed for Sinfonia, Philharmonia and Symphony.  We will be holding auditions on Tuesday September 25 for our new Youth Band.  If you missed those dates, don’t despair…we can schedule an audition for you before one of our weekly rehearsals.  Auditions are held at our rehearsal location: King’s Christian Collegiate, 528 Burnhamthorpe Road, Oakville.  To schedule an audition, please fill out the online form and we will contact you to schedule your audition.  Please note that ALL audition/registration forms must be submitted electronically.  Form is available HERE.  We will no longer be accepting hand-written forms.  Once the forms have been received, a tentative audition time slot will be emailed to you.  

Placement in the OSYO Symphony, Philharmonia, Sinfonia or Youth Band is based upon the decision of the conductors.  Musicians do not audition for a specific orchestra, they audition for acceptance into the OSYO.  The conductors place musicians where they will have the greatest opportunity for success.  Once placed, musicians are expected to play the entire season with that orchestra.  No changes will be made during the season

The audition request process is not complete until the OSYO receives the audition fee of $30 (payable to the OSYO) , which is non-refundable.  This can be mailed in, or submitted at the audition.  Audition results will not be released until the forms and audition fee have been received.

Auditions may be a stressful experience for some players (and for their parents!). They are, however, a fact of life in musical performance. The audition experience is an integral part of the training and a process that helps our conductors and coaches to select the most appropriate repertoire for their ensembles. Each audition is no longer than five minutes in length, and we go out of our way to help make the experience as positive and stress-free as possible!

Audition Procedure:

1. Musician completes the online registration form HERE
2. Musician receives confirmation and an audition time from our Executive Director
3. Musician prepares & practices the Audition Requirements (below)
4. Musician mails in the $30 audition fee (or brings to the audition)
5. The Audition!  Audition times are limited, not all material will necessarily be played.
6. One week following the final audition night, musician receives possible acceptance and position in the OSYO
7. If successful, Musician submits the registration fees and is welcomed into the OSYO!

Audition Requirements

Symphony Orchestra

  • 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)



  • One 3 octave minor scale of musician’s choice (single octave scale for Bass)
  • 2 contrasting pieces demonstrating top level performance
  • Sight reading will be required, and is important!
  • Musicians should be at Suzuki book 4 / RCM grade 4 playing level
  • There is no excerpt required
  • Open to violin, viola, cello, double bass and percussion.


  • Musicians should be at Suzuki book 2 – book 3 / RCM grade 2-3 playing level
  • One 2 octave major or minor scale of musician’s choice
  • 1 polished piece demonstrating top level performance (minimum book 2 level)
  • There is no excerpt required
  • Sight reading will be required, and is important!
  • Open to violin, viola, cello, double bass.

Youth Band

  • Musicians should have at least 1 full year experience with their chosen instrument
  • One octive major or minor scale of musician’s choice
  • 1 polished piece demonstrating top level performance
  • Open to flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon, english horn, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, french horn, baritone, euphonium, tuba and percussion

Please arrive at your audition at least 15 minutes before your time slot to allow time for check in and warm up. We will have music stands available.  Enter through the main door of the school.

Fee Schedule (Discounts only apply to the 2nd and 3rd musician from the same family)


All fees are due by 18-Sep-18 at the latest.  Due to bank charges, we have to charge $40 if a cheque is returned with insufficient funds.

Fees can be paid at the audition, or by mail to

OSYO   P.O. Box 86068

Oakville, ON L6H5V6

A limited number of Bursaries are available.  To apply for a partial bursary, please fill out the form  here.  Once completed, please email to

Upon acceptance into the OSYO, all musicians will be asked to sign our code of conduct.  Click here to view.


The OSYO can’t function well without the support of our great parent volunteers.  We ask that each season, one parent from each family will act as a parent monitor and snack provider for one Tuesday rehearsal (for the orchestra your child is enrolled in).  Schedules are emailed at the beginning of the season.  In addition, we ask for volunteer assistance with concerts/special events and/or rehearsals throughout the season.

Parents are also required to attend the Annual General Meeting, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday October 2, 2018 (at King’s Christian Collegiate during rehearsal).  At this meeting, our board members and operating budget are confirmed.

Music Stands:  Each musician is required to bring a music stand to each rehearsal, as well as every concert/event.  We strongly recommend a sturdy metal stand, as they are much more stable than the collapsible wire stands.  Examples are the Manhasset Model 4801, or Wenger Classic 50

Due to the fact that the orchestra has many prepaid costs prior to the beginning of the season (based on enrollment), there will be an administration fee of $100 assessed if a musician withdraws prior to the second rehearsal.

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

Contact our Executive Director, Alan Montgomery, at ( if you have any questions regarding the audition process.



King’s Christian Collegiate
528 Burnhamthorpe Road West