Fall HSYO Audition Dates

Please see audition specifics for HACS and HAYO below.

Holland Area Junior Strings (HAJS)

This group is a beginning string group which does not require an audition although advance registration is required. Students are expected to have at least one year of playing experience and will be conducted by Kyle Nester. Click on the Youth Orchestra tab above for more information.

Holland Area Concert Strings (HACS)

This group is an exciting option for intermediate string students. This group is perfect for the student who is ready for more than Junior Strings, but not yet ready for the Youth Orchestra. Kyle Nester will instruct this group and will focus on developing advanced skills such as three-octave scales, developing vibrato, and more advanced ensemble playing.

Holland Area Concert Strings Audition Requirements:

All auditions must be done through video submission. Unlisted YouTube link preferred; texted video submissions accepted.

Video links should be emailed to hsyo@hollandsymphony.org.

Texted video submissions should be sent to 616-283-3159.

Audition recording must include:

  1. 2-3 minutes of a solo or etude and
  1. Two Octave Scales (please refer to the list below for your instrument)

Violin/Viola/Cello:
Any two major/melodic minor scales of your choice; must be played in 2 octaves

Bass:
Any two major/melodic minor scales of your choice; must be played in 1 octave

Holland Area Youth Orchestra (HAYO)

Holland Area Youth Orchestra Audition Requirements

All auditions must be done through video submission. Unlisted YouTube link preferred; texted video submissions accepted.

Video links should be emailed to hsyo@hollandsymphony.org.

Texted video submissions should be sent to 616-283-3159.

  1. 2-3 minutes of a solo or etude and
  2. Scales (please refer to list below for your instrument)

Violin, Viola, Cello (3 octave scales)
Any two major/melodic minor scales of your choice; must be played in 3 octaves

Bass (2 octave scales)
Any two major/melodic minor scales of your choice; must be played in 2 octaves

Winds (Major Scales Only)
Piccolo/Flute/Oboe/Clarinet/Saxophone/Bassoon/Trumpet/Trombone: 
Any two major scales of your choice; preferably in 2 octaves when able

Horn/Tuba:
Any two major scales of your choice; 1 octave

Percussion 
Snare drum: 2-3 minutes of an etude or solo (concert or rudimental)

Timpani: Demonstrate a timpani roll for 8 beats at 60 bpm (pp < ff >) tuned to an A

Xylophone/Marimba: any two major scales of your choice; must be played in 2 octaves

Piano
4 Scales (2 major and 2 melodic minor) of your choice