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Orchestra Audition Information


Please Note: We are moving forward with our Orchestra Auditions for the 2020/2021 season.
Please feel free to fill out our online NEW MEMBER Orchestra Audition Form:  click here.  
If you are currently a member of a Hochstein Orchestra, access our CURRENT MEMBER form by clicking here.
You will be contacted shortly with additional information.
If you are unable to fill out our online form, you may access a pdf which can be printed, filled out, and sent to our offices.
For returning members, click here for your pdf form. For new members, click here.

No signatures or fees are required at this time.


Click here to view this table as a downloadable PDF.

To inquire about current vacancies in the orchestral program for the 2019-2020 season, please email Ensembles Coordinator Diane Smith at diane.smith@hochstein.org

To apply online, click here to use our new online application form.

Audition excerpts will be available online on the following dates:
March 21, 2020 - Click here
Philharmonia, Sinfonia, & Concertino Strings: April 6, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Audition Committee looking for?
The Audition Committee considers:
• Good tone production
• Technical expertise at the appropriate level
• Musicality and expressiveness
• Rhythmic accuracy
• Solid intonation
• Sight reading skills

Q: How should I select the slow and fast excerpts?
Consult with your private teacher who can advise you as to which excerpts best showcase your technique and musicality.

Q: What if I’m auditioning for HYSO, but my current solo is at NYSSMA Level 5?
Recommended NYSSMA Levels for all orchestras are general guidelines. Your private teacher can help you determine which orchestra is the best match for you.

Q: I have prepared a solid Level 5 solo, and am working on a Level 6. Which one should I play?
Select the music that you are most confident in playing, is at your level, and best displays your ability. As always, your private teacher is an excellent resource for helping you to choose the most appropriate piece.

Q: I would like to be considered for more than one ensemble (HYSO and Philharmonia or Philharmonia and Sinfonia). Should I prepare both sets of excerpts?
A: Prepare only the excerpts for the highest level ensemble. On your application, you must indicate that you would like to be considered for more than one ensemble.

Q: What if I’m not placed in the orchestra I auditioned for?
Competition varies greatly from year to year, and there are a limited number of positions available in any given orchestra. If you are not placed in the desired orchestra, we encourage you to keep working hard and audition again next year. Once a student has been accepted into an orchestra, it is not necessary to re-audition for that orchestra. An additional audition is required only if applying to a different ensemble.


Q: My child has been accepted into the Hochstein Orchestral Program—now what?
A: Your child will receive a letter of acceptance along with pertinent information. You will be asked to respond by a specified date and to submit a $10 registration dee in order to reserve your child’s seat in the orchestra.

Q: When are tuition payments due?
A: Tuition can be paid in quarterly installments or fewer, depending upon you. Arrangements can also be made through the Business Office to automatically charge your credit card.