The Acadiana Conservatory of Music is now accepting applications for those young musicians interested in joining one of two youth orchestras:
Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra (ages 13+)and Acadiana Symphony Prep Orchestra (for ages 8+)
Because of COVID-19 we will be making some adjustments to ASYO auditions. For a live audition we please fill out the audition form below and we will schedule a time to have your audition over zoom. We will also be accepting pre-recorded auditions. To submit a recorded audition directly from your phone please use and send the audition video to
Live auditions will happen Saturday, August 21, 2021. This is also the deadline to submit pre-recorded auditions. Please read below in preparation for your audition and download the scales and excerpts for your instrument. After you've completed the audition application at the bottom of this page, Michael Zeek will be in touch with you to confirm your audition time.

All new students are required to audition!

Both orchestras meet every Monday (excluding holidays) at The Ovey Comeaux Highschool Strings Room in Lafayette. Prep orchestra begins rehearsal promptly at 5:20pm-6:00pm while Youth Orchestra rehearses from 6:20pm-8:00pm. Each year we have 3 planned performances. One of these is alongside the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and our final performance is for Festival International!

Calendar of Events

Yearly Tuition upon acceptance is as follows:
ASYO - $200 + Fees
ASPO - $100 + Fees

Audition Requirements

The audition process, which lasts between 8-10 minutes, requires you to prepare and adequately implement four musical components:


Solo piece

Each audition will begin with a short solo of your choice which demonstrates your playing ability. Solos should be a 2-3 minute selection performed without an accompanist, so be sure to play the part of the solo which puts your best foot forward. Solos may come from Suzuki books, etudes, concertos, solo repertoire, or any other source. Be sure to consult with your private music teacher or school music teacher for help selecting an appropriate solo. Practice, practice, practice! When preparing play your solo for others and get feedback. Video record yourself and listen with a critical ear. Look at your posture, body language, and technique. It's required to bring one copy of your solo for the judges. Before you begin, state the title, composer, and movement you will be performing. Play confidently and have fun! Everyone there, including the judges, want you to play well.



(Two - posted below) After performing your solo, the audition will proceed to scales. Scales are an important component of a musician's development and preparing them teaches us intonation, dexterity, ear-training, and music theory. Practicing scales helps with sight-reading, too!



(Posted below) In the third phase of the audition, you will be expected to play your required excerpts assigned to your instrument. These excerpts are designed to provide the judges with a basis for adjudicating students on the same materials with the same length of preparation. Excerpts may change from year to year. Count through all rests in excerpts, unless they are cut out via brackets or X. The rests are part of the music! If possible, obtain or look up a recording of each work so you can learn the context of the excerpts. Most can be found with a quick search of YouTube or Google.


Sight Reading

(Will be provided) The fourth, and final, part of the audition is sight reading. Many students struggle with sight reading, as it can be an intimidating task. There is one secret to learning how to sight read well. In addition, practicing scales is very useful, as you will be able to quickly identify the key of the sight reading and use muscle memory from playing scales in that key. Take 30-60 seconds to look at the sight reading excerpt before you begin to play. Determine the key of the piece and quickly scan for any accidentals. Think about the meter and choose a slower tempo for improved accuracy rather than one that is too fast. If you make a mistake, keep going!

Eligibility and Proficiency

Eligibility requirements and string proficiency levels have been developed in order to ensure the highest quality musical, educational and social setting for all members. ASYO encourages students (and parents) to have realistic expectations and to apply for an audition at the level most appropriate for their musical development, the options are ASYO and ASYPO (preparatory) . Consulting with a private teacher or school music teacher is highly recommended.

ASYO description

Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra is open to string, woodwind, brass and percussion students who will be age 13 or older by September 1 of the new school year. This group is ASO's premiere youth orchestra, performing advanced orchestral literature. Applicants should have several years of band or orchestra experience and perform individually at a pre-college or college level.

String Proficiency

  • Violists should have knowledge of Treble Clef
  • Facility in advanced positions
  • Established Vibrato

  • Facility in 1st through 4th positions (Thumb Position is encouraged)
  • Knowledge of Tenor Clef and Acquaintance with Treble Clef String
  • Established Vibrato

  • Facility in Half through Thumb Position preferred
  • Knowledge of Tenor Clef

Scales & Excerpts for Youth Orchestra Audition

ASPO description

Acadiana Symphony Preparatory Orchestra emphasizes technique development, incorporating instruction on fundamentals of scales, shifting, and bowing, in addition to formative ensemble skills experience. ASPO is open to string players who will be age 8-13 on September 1.

String Proficiency

  • RH position established, with finger flexibility. arm drawing the bow straight and using the hand, wrist and forearm together.
  • Can produce a clean, clear, centered pitch with an established bow stroke and good left hand finger placement at times.
  • Ability to perform basic bow style, legato, staccato, marcato, and spiccato along with accented notes.
  • Good LH position, hand/wrist and forearm in alignment, and flexible fingers.
  • A basic ability to play in position and beginning third position.
  • Ability to perform a good pizzicato sound.

  • Forward and backward extensions.

  • Half and third positions.

Scales & Excerpts for Prep Orchestra Audition

Audition FAQ