Building Friendships

2014-2015 Season

Register NOW for your audition time

May 1 - May 16

Grades 6-8

Grades 4-5

  • Strings - No audition required for Junior Strings, please contact us at (505) 875-1319 for more information

Grades 4-12

Grades 9-12

Download Excerpts Concerto Auditions


Students living with a 50-mile radius of Albuquerque are eligible to audition.

Audition Process

Registration: All students must register for an audition time in advance.

Audition Fee: $10.00 per student payable at the time of the audition.

Adjudication: Auditions are competitive and students are judged on intonation, tone, rhythm, technique, and proficiency. Audition materials vary by age and instrument. Incoming 9th graders must follow requirements for 9-12, and incoming 6th graders follow requirement for grades 6-8. High school orchestra and guitar auditions are blind (anonymous) and adjudicated by the AYS, AYO, AYCO, and AYSGO conductors along with an instrumental specialist guest judge. The rest of the auditions are not blind.

Placement: Students are placed in appropriate ensemble based on performance ability. Placement decisions are final and may not be appealed.

Audition Requirements

Grades 9-12 (strings, winds, brass, percussion, guitar)

  • Orchestra excerpts provided by AYSP (available online)
  • One randomly selected major scale (up to four sharps and four flats) at metronome marking quarter note = 72
  • Solo piece of the student's choice

The orchestral excerpt is only required if you wish to be considered for Youth Symphony or Youth Orchestra. If you wish to be considered only for Concert Orchestra, you do not need to prepare it.

Grades 10-12 (Chorus)

  • Tonal memory (pitch matching)
  • Prepared solo of student's choice (art song, aria, Broadway, or folk song). Bring accompaniment part.
  • Sight-singing exercise

Grades 6-8 (strings, winds, brass percussion)

  • Scale of the student's choice
  • Solo piece of the student's choice
  • Sight-reading exercise

Grades 7-9 (Chorus)

  • Tonal memory (pitch matching)
  • Sing "My Country 'tis of Thee" a cappella

Grades 4-6 (Chorus)

  • Tonal memory (pitch matching)
  • Sing "Happy Birthday" a cappella

Participation in the AYS Program

Tuition: Students accepted into the program will be required to pay tuition fees ranging from $300-750 annually (depending on the ensemble) as established by the AYS Program Board of Directors. Tuition assistance is available for families in need. An application will be provided with the admission packet.

School Music Program Enrollment: If accepted, all participants must enroll as a regular member in their regular school orchestra, band, or guitar program if available. If enrolled in one of the AYS Program Choruses only, students must be enrolled as a regular member of their school chorus. Enrollment will be verified in the fall.

Rehearsals and Attendance: All ensembles rehearse weekly and perform several times each season. Students are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances in accordance with the AYS Program attendance policy found in the Student Handbook.

2014/2015 Program Ensembles

Instrumental, Grades 9-12

  • Albuquerque Youth Symphony (AYS)
  • Albuquerque Youth Orchestra (AYO)
  • Albuquerque Youth Concert Orchestra (AYCO)
  • Albuquerque Youth Symphony Guitar Orchestra (AYSGO)

Instrumental, Grades 6-8

  • Albuquerque Junior Symphony (AJS)
  • Albuquerque Junior Orchestra (AJO)
  • Prelude String Orchestra (PSO)
  • Albuquerque Junior Youth Band (AJYB)

Instrumental, Grades 4-5

  • Albuquerque Junior String Orchestra (AJSO)


  • Albuquerque Bel Canto Choir (ABCC) - Grades 4-6
  • Albuquerque Junior Symphony Chorus (AJSC) - Grades 7-9
  • Albuquerque Youth Symphony Chorus (AYSC) - Grades 9-12

Auditions are not required for AJSO, however we do require a letter of recommendation from the student's private teacher. Please contact us for more information.