The application process for the 2022-23 school year is NOW OPEN

Auditions are held in the form of video submissions. The deadline to submit your video is Saturday, August 20, 2022.
Chair placement auditions for returning members will take place during the first two rehearsals. 

Questions: Call Michael Zeek, education manager | (337) 769-3012

The Acadiana Conservatory of Music accepts applications and conducts auditions annually, from young musicians interested in joining one of two youth orchestras: Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra (ages 13+) and Acadiana Symphony Preparatory Orchestra (for ages 8+). All new musicians must audition. 

Both orchestras meet every Monday (excluding holidays) at The Ovey Comeaux Highschool Strings Room in Lafayette, beginning on September 12, 2022. The Preparatory Orchestra rehearses 5:30pm-6:15pm, and the Youth Orchestra 6:20pm-8:00pm. Orientation for both ensembles is August 29.

There are three planned performances each year:

Christmas Concert with ASO - December 13, 2022
ASYO & ASPO Spring Concert - March 20, 2023
Festival International - April 29, 2023

Annual tuition upon acceptance, is as follows:
ASYO - $200 + Fees
ASPO - $100 + Fees

Sola Violins is offering scholarships to ASYO & ASPO for students in need of financial assistance. Contact education manager, Michael Zeek before August 20th to inquire, (337) 769-3012. Scholarships will be awarded on August 29th.

Audition Requirements

The audition process lasts for 8-10 minutes, and 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

Sight reading is not required as part of the audition process this year, due to auditions being submitted virtually.

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 ASPO (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. 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 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 by 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 audition