Audition Information

Auditioning for the CYO

The CYO holds auditions in May each year. Auditions are not held at any other time during the year. Playing level for CYO members is generally RCM grade 9 or higher.

All new and returning students — including Academy and APP students — must book an in person CYO audition. For Academy / APP students, this is in addition to their Academy audition.

Auditions are:

  • 15 minutes in length
  • scheduled between 4 and 9 p.m.
  • by appointment only
  • open to musicians ages 14 - 24
  • held at Mount Royal University, Lincoln Park Campus.

2018 audition dates:

  • May 9-11, 14, 16 and 17

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your appointed audition time. Auditions warm-up rooms will be available.Audition requirements for returning students

Audition requirements for ALL RETURNING STUDENTS (including Academy and APP students):

  • Material from Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique; Mozart, Impresario Overture; Haydn, 4th movement of Symophony #99; Strauss, Csardas aus "Ritter Pasman".
  • One own selection.

Audition requirements for new applicants


  • Two contrasting selections (one slow, one fast)
  • 3-octave scales and arpeggios: one major, one minor (key is student’s choice)
  • Spiccato, legato bowings
  • Sight reading


  • Two contrasting movements or two contrasting studies (one slow, one fast)
  • 2- or 3-octave scales and arpeggios, one major, one minor (student’s choice), with different articulations (slurred and tongued)
  • Sight reading


  • Pieces or studies for the following instruments: timpani, snare drum, xylophone or marimba, cymbals
  • Sight reading


  • Two contrasting movements or two contrasting studies (one slow, one fast)
  • 3-octave scales and arpeggios with different articulations
  • Sight reading

Booking your CYO audition

Audition scheduling begins April 3, 2018.

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