Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras


Be a part of GBYO! Your audition will give us information about which group is best for you. GBYO has 9 different ensembles.

Audition registration is required! Audition fee is $25.


Auditions will be held at the end of August at Tomlinson Middle School, 200 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, CT.

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm. Violins only.
Monday, August 26, 2019 – Thursday, August 29, 2019, 3 pm – 9 pm. All instruments.

String Orchestra – For younger string players and those new to an orchestra setting

Wind Ensemble – For younger wind players and saxophones

Percussion Ensemble – For percussionists! Support all the ensembles and learn all the different percussion instruments.

Concert Orchestra – First level full orchestra for strings and winds

Symphony Orchestra – Second level full orchestra for strings and winds

Principal Orchestra – Top level full orchestra for strings and winds.

Jazz Ensembles – Two jazz ensembles for both experienced and newer musicians

Chamber Orchestra – Small orchestra for the highest level musicians

For more information, read below. You may also email with questions. 

Audition registration is required! Audition fee is $25.




Audition Information:

The auditions are 6-8 minutes long (10-12 minutes for percussionists). Each student should prepare a piece that demonstrates his/her proficiency on the instrument. Sight reading and scales are also included in the audition. Percussionists should include snare, timpani, and mallet selections.

There is a non-refundable $25 audition fee to secure an audition appointment.

All current musicians are required to re-audition each year. Members are selected and seated by ability rather than age or grade.

Audition Dress Code: Business Casual: NO jeans, shorts sneakers or flip-flops. Dress for success and respect.

Parents/teachers/friends are not allowed in the audition area, but may wait in a designated waiting area.

Audition Recommendations:

We want you to feel relaxed and perform at your best, so we encourage you to review the following requirements and recommendations:

1. Scales.

String players: Entry level string players must be able to play one-octave scales in the keys of C, G, D and F. Two to three-octave major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats may be asked of all other string players.

Woodwind and brass players: Entry level players must be able to play one-octave scales in concert keys up to 4 sharps and 4 flats. All other students may be asked to play two-octave scales in concert keys up to 4 sharps and 4 flats through their range.

2. Choose a solo you can play well. Have it well-prepared.

The adjudicator is not interested in when you started learning the solo; s/he will judge you on how well you play it. Choose a solo that shows off your ability. It should not be too easy, but if it is beyond your ability, it will hurt your audition score. Recognize that you will probably not perform your entire solo piece as audition time is limited. If the adjudicator asks you to stop, it is because s/he has heard what is needed.

3. Sight reading is a part of each audition.

Practice sight reading with your teacher at each lesson.

4. Be early for your audition,

So that you can complete any necessary paperwork, warm up and be ready to do your best. We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time.


GBYO bases placement on an objective scoring process that measures scales, intonation, tone quality, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, phrasing, expression and technique on the instrument. The suggestions above serve only as guidelines. Eligibility for each orchestra/wind ensemble is ultimately determined by the student’s over all ability level and the adjudicators’ judgment as to where the student will have the best possible experience.

Audition Videos:

Below are the first of the consecutive segments of Mr. Hisey’s audition seminar. Because YouTube has a 10-minute limit per video, the seminar must be viewed in multiple sections.

#1 Who hears the auditions?

#2 First Impressions are KEY

#3 Ready to Audition – Scales

#4 Ready to Audition – Your Solo, Part I