Application & audition
Membership to the Opera North Youth Orchestra is by audition each year. Applicants should be comfortable with the repertoire and technical work at grade 8 standard or higher.
Once you have applied, you’ll be given a time for a live Zoom audition on Saturday 25 September. For the audition, you will be asked to prepare three prescribed excerpts from the orchestral repertoire for their instrument, which will be sent out with the details of your Zoom audition.
You will be asked to play one or all of these excerpts during the zoom call. Wind players will also have the option of presenting an additional prescribed doubling instrument excerpt. (Piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet, contrabassoon). These excerpts form an important part of the audition and applicants should ensure that they are well known and prepared.
Your audition panel will be made up of two players from the Orchestra of Opera North – they’re a friendly bunch! We believe everyone should have the chance to develop their practice and performance skills, and have a positive audition experience, whatever the outcome.
All applicants will receive verbal feedback during the audition; those who are unable to be offered a place may receive additional brief written feedback after the audition period has ended.