Gold Coast Youth Orchestra

Where Music Comes Alive

Auditions

The Gold Coast Youth Orchestra (GCYO) provides a broad range of orchestral and band experiences to complement and enhance the ensemble offerings musicians receive in schools. The GCYO offers a unique experience for young musicians; an offering not readily duplicated. Membership and Placement into an ensemble is done through an independent audition process. Young musicians aged from 8 to 25 years are invited to apply. Every position, in every group is auditioned each year, so new applicants are not disadvantaged; an equal opportunity for all.

Music Excerpts

Music Excerpts to be performed at audition are available here. Auditions approximate 5-minutes and each applicant is invited to play nominated music excerpts, plus 2-minutes of a piece of their own choosing.

Key Dates 2018

  • 7 August: applications open
  • 16 September: applications close
  • 26 October: music excerpts online
  • 10 November: face-to-face auditions at GCYO for STRING musicians
  • 17 November: face-to-face auditions at GCYO for WIND, BRASS, PERCUSSION, PIANO musicians
  • 17 November: all electronic MP4 video auditions due
  • 31 December: audition results emailed
  • 14 January 2019: late auditions; late fee $70
  • 29 January 2019: rehearsals start
  • 29 January 2019: membership fees due

Late Applications

Late applicants can still apply here and will undertake a video audition.

Audition Fee 

Please direct deposit monies ($40 per audition)
BSB: 124 199
Account number: 2030 1230
Reference: musician name

Electronic Auditions

Where a face-to-face audition is not possible due to illness or scheduling conflicts, applicants may submit a pre-recorded Electronic MP4 Video via email to auditions@gcyo.com.au

Further Information: please contact Patricia at enquiry@gcyo.com.au or 0423 148 992.


Audition Excerpts for 2018 Entry

Music Excerpts for Auditions

Music excerpts required for Audition to 2018 Entry are listed below; click on link. Audition Applicants are required to prepare and perform the stipulated Music Excerpt at the audition, as well as 2-minutes of a piece of your own choosing.
Little Big BandBig BandString OrchestraJunior SymphonyYouth Symphony
lbb-trumpetbb-trumpetso-violinjs-violin-2017ys-violin
lbb-trombonebb-tromboneso-violajs-violays-viola
alto-saxbb-alto-saxso-cellojs-celloys-cello
baritone-saxbb-bari-saxso-double-bassjs-bassys-bass
lbb-tenor-saxbb-tenor-saxPiano - own choicejs-fluteys-flute
lbb-guitarbb-guitarjs-clarinetys-clarinet
lbb-bassbb-bassjs-bass-clarinetys-clarinet
lbb-drumsbb-drumsjs-oboeys-oboe
lbb-pianobb-pianojs-bassoon2ys-bassoon
js-hornys-horn
js-trumpetys-trumpet
js-tromboneys-trombone
js-tubays-tuba
js-percussionys-percussion
Piano - own choicePiano - own choice

Late Entry

Musicians making application for Membership to GCYO outside the stipulated Audition Periods may be considered at any time. To proceed, please follow these steps:

  • Late Applicants expressing interest, must submit an Application. Questions may be be directed to the GCYO office at 0423 148 992 or auditions@gcyo.com.au
  • Where an instrument gap exists, that is, GCYO has space available in the group the late Applicant is interested in, then GCYO will invite the Applicant to proceed to audition. A late Membership Fee of $70 applies.
  • Where an instrument gap does not exist, the late Applicant will not be offered an audition for placement in the current year. Instead, late Applicants will be invited to apply with the majority of Applicants in the October/November Auditions for following year entry.
  • Late Applicants lose the opportunity for competitive seating. That is, all late Applicants will be seated behind on-time Applicants regardless of competence.
  • If the late Applicant has not attended GCYO before, they may participate in, or observe, one rehearsal before a formal audition. Auditions must follow by no later than week 2 from Expression of Interest. Any request for an audition time-extension is to be advised to the GCYO office at 0423 148 992 or enquiry@gcyo.com.au
  • Audition Music Excerpts, plus a 2-minute piece of the musicians own choosing, is to be performed by all Applicants.
  • The Adjudication Panel for late entries, will be the same Adjudication Panel for on-time applicants or the GCYO conductor as determined.
  • Non-Members may not participate in any GCYO group rehearsal or event; exceptions may apply where GCYO invites participation by Guest Musicians.