If you're ready to make great music and great friends in an environment that is both rigorous and fun, YOEC is the place for you. Click the pull-down menu above for ensemble descriptions and audition requirements. See below for current general audition information.
YOEC is finalizing details to return to in-person activities in September 2021. Auditions for the 2021-22 school year will be conducted via recorded video submission once again, to give us ample time to prepare to resume in-person activities in September.
Our audition portal on Google Classroom is now open, and will remain open until September 20th, 2021. If you are new to YOEC, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself, get our Google Classroom code, and video recording instructions.
Audition submissions for The Junior Symphony, The ABC! Ensemble, and The Essex County Symphony Orchestra (ECSO) must include:
1.) A solo piece of the student's choice. Please see details on each ensemble's page for standard difficulty levels for each ensemble.
2.) 3 scales (chosen by the student) from the list of required scales for your instrument on the ensemble's page.
The Overture Ensemble and Orchestra Lab do not have minimum audition standards. Please contact email@example.com for information on how to record an audition for one of these novice ensembles.
You may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to submit your audition recording.
Because YOEC offers ensembles for students at nearly every level of study, from early beginners to conservatory-ready, we are able to place almost every student who auditions for us. If you have followed the eligibility guidelines for our ensembles, your child or teen will be offered a place with us.
Students who are in grades 1 to 12 AND are ages 6 to 18 may audition to be members of YOEC. String students may audition as early as within their first year of study. Flutists and percussionists who have studied for at least 1 full school year are eligible to audition. Other woodwinds and all brass may audition after at least 2 full school years of study. Each ensemble has space for one pianist and one harpist. Auditions for piano or harp will only be held when there is a vacant position.
Youth Orchestras of Essex County is open to all. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, gender or gender identity, sexual preference, physical ability, or ability to pay.