Youth Orchestra – Info

Youth Orchestra


Youth Orchestra is a challenging and nurturing environment for advanced orchestral playing. The Youth Orchestra is open to both extra-curricular and professionally focused wind, brass, percussion and string players up through grade 12. The Youth Orchestra performs standard and contemporary orchestral repertoire on public concerts in Greensboro and also undertakes additional projects such as tours, orchestra exchanges, recordings, and other special events.

The size of the youth orchestra is between 50 and 75 players. Youth Orchestra rehearses Sunday afternoons at the UNCG Music Building, Room 111, 2:00 – 5:00pm. Youth Orchestra participates in both days of the annual GSYO Retreat, staying overnight, and members may also participate in the annual GSYO Concerto Competition. Tuition is $250 per year, and scholarships are available for both merit and financial need.

Entry Requirements

All players auditioning for Youth Orchestra should:

  • have had substantial experience reading music in keys up to 5 sharps/flats, in compound meter, and have the reading ability to learn music in any key or meter, even those new or unfamiliar to them.
  • demonstrate technical ability to play at the level reflected on the Youth Orchestra repertoire list.
  • demonstrate musical maturity and the dedication to prepare challenging music outside of rehearsal.


String players should:

  • be able to play at least in fifth position (higher for assignment to upper parts)
  • be able to read all clefs for their instrument found in standard repertoire (including tenor and treble clefs for cellos, treble clef for violists)
  • know all the main bowing styles demanded by standard repertoire

Wind and brass players should:

  • be able to read and play in the keys, transpositions, and clefs applicable to their instrument in standard orchestral repertoire. (This will include some clefs and transpositions not common in band or intermediate orchestra repertoire.)
  • be able to learn and perform an independent part (one not doubled in unison with another of the same instrument).

Percussionists should:

  • have experience on timpani, snare drum, keyboard percussion, and standard accessories.
  • have access to instruments for practice outside of rehearsal.

Harp and piano players should:

  • be technically advanced on their instrument
  • be able to read and play in all keys
  • have some familiarity with orchestral repertoire

Audition Requirements