Acadiana Symphony Prep Orchestra

Under the direction of Dragos C. Filip, the Acadiana Conservatory of Music is now accepting applications for those young musicians interested in joining the Acadiana Symphony Prep Orchestra (for ages 8-13 by 9/1/18)

Our upcoming auditions will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9am-12pm at the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra building located in the Oil Center. Please read below in preparation for your audition and download the scales and excerpts for your instrument. After you've completed the audition application, Michael Zeek will be in touch with you to confirm your audition time.

**Please note there is a $25 deposit required to secure your audition that will be applied to your annual tuition of $100 upon acceptance**

Audition Requirements

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

1.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 scales) 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!

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. Consulting with a private teacher or school music teacher is highly recommended.

ASPO description (ages 8-13)

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.
  • Good LH position, hand/wrist and forearm in alignment, and flexible fingers.
  • 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.
  • Ability to perform a good pizzicato sound.
  • A basic ability to play in position and beginning third position.


  • Forward and backward extensions.


  • Half and third positions.

Please prepare two scales & a solo piece of your choice for Prep Orchestra Audition

Audition FAQ:

When can I apply for an audition?

Online applications will be available June 4th, 2018. The deadline to apply for auditions is Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

When will excerpts be made available?

Audition excerpts will be available online on June 4th, 2018.

When will my audition be held?

Individual audition time slots are confirmed via email after a completed application has been submitted.

Is there an audition fee?

Yes. There is a $25 audition fee to secure your audition time. This fee will be applied to your tuition upon acceptance.

Will ASYO hold violin sectional auditions after placements are made?

No. ASYO will not hold sectional auditions for chair placement. The conductors will be hearing the violin auditions in person, eliminating the need for a second audition for placement.

What should I play for my audition?

You will be asked to play, in this order, a solo of your choosing (2-3 min.), two scales from the required list posted on the website, the excerpts for your instrument also posted, and sight reading. 

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move and perform. Dressing up is nice and standard practice for auditioning as this isn’t a blind audition, but don’t feel obligated to purchase new clothing. NO OPEN TOE SHOES OR SANDALS.

What should I bring?

Bring your instrument in proper working condition along with any accessories. Bring your solo and one photocopy for the judges. Bring your printed excerpts (and scales for strings).

On what criteria will the audition be judged?

Each student will be judged on tone quality, rhythm, intonation, technique/fundamentals, interpretation, and overall performance.

How and when will orchestra placements be made?

Most auditions will be heard directly by ASYO artistic staff, each of whom are familiar with the different orchestra levels and their required skills and demands. As such, it is the ASYO artistic staff who make the orchestra placements. Results will be emailed to everyone the week following the auditions.

When should I arrive?

Plan to arrive between 20-30 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time. This will allow you to get checked in and warmed up in a practice room.

Where will I audition?

Check in will be in the main lobby at the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra at 412 Travis Street, Suite A. From there, you will be directed to a practice room and led to your audition in the conference room.

Audition Application

* Required