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CYO Auditions for the 2020 – 2021 Season


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the auditions for the 2020-2021 season will consist of an unlisted video uploaded on YouTube.​ The deadline for uploading the video is June 1, 2020. Please attach the YouTube link with your application; one link only.

 Auditions are not held at any other time during the year.

 Playing level for CYO members is a minimum grade 9 level, Royal Conservatory of Music. 

 It is recommended that applicants take private lessons.

All new and returning students - including​ Academy ​and​ APP students ​- must submit a CYO audition video and application.​ For Academy / APP students, this is in addition to their Academy audition. Please send one YouTube link that includes all of the audition requirements.

Audition requirements for returning students:

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

  • Two contrasting  selections ( one slow, one fast)

Audition requirements for new applicants:


  • Two contrasting selections (one slow, one fast)
  • 3 octave scale and arpeggio; one bow up, one bow down;  spiccato - one note per bow


  • Two contrasting movements or two contrasting studies (one slow, one fast)
  • 2 or 3(preferred) octave scale and arpeggio: once slurred, once tongued


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


  • Two contrasting movements or two contrasting studies (one slow, one fast)
  • 3 octave scale and arpeggio 


Please make sure to fill out the Audition Form and send it in with your YoutTube link.


For new students, you will need to create a log in ID and PIN

For existing students, you can log in directly through the "Register Now" button. 


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