How does the selection process work?
Our local National Associate Partners will organize the Auditions in each of the 28 EU countries. In several countries where candidate numbers are high or for other administrative reasons there are two rounds of auditions. The panel of the first round of auditions is provided by the local organisers and can consist of one, two or several jurors. Successful candidates will be invited to the final round. At the final round of auditions you will be heard by ONE experienced panel member. However, to ensure a fair judgement all auditions will be recorded on video so that they can be judged by a panel specific to your instrument and compared with all other audition candidates across Europe. Your audition is approximately 8 minutes long in which you will play your solo piece and the excerpts. We conduct all auditions in person because meeting the candidate is very important to us.
You can find further information on the process on the Rules and Regulations page.
First round: In several countries where candidate numbers are high or for other administrative reasons there are two rounds of auditions. The panel of the first round of auditions is provided by the local organisers and can consist of one, two or several jurors. Successful candidates will be informed as soon as possible after the first round that they will be invited to the final round. Please note that it can take a couple of weeks until results of the first round will be sent out, due to the high number of candidates.
Final (second) round: At the final round of auditions you will be heard by ONE experienced panel member. However, to ensure a fair judgement all auditions will be recorded on video so that they can be judged by a panel specific to your instrument and compared with all other audition candidates across Europe.
Our tried and tested audition process is designed to ensure fairness across different instruments and countries. This is our highest priority. Your audition is only the first stage of our judging process, as it is followed by an extensive moderation process to guarantee fairness. Your audition is approximately 8 minutes long in which you will play your solo piece and the excerpts. We conduct all auditions in person because meeting the candidate is very important to us.
How do I apply for an audition?
Just follow the simple instructions on this page.
What is the age limit for applying to EUYO?
You must be between 16 and 26 years of age on the 31 December of the year in which the audition takes place.
I am from the UK. Am I still able to apply for and play in the EUYO?
UK players were eligible to apply in autumn 2018 to play in the 2019 Orchestra. Under current rules those UK musicians currently accepted as members for the 2019 Orchestra will continue to be eligible as members until December 2019. The arrangement for future years will depend on the details of the agreement negotiated between the EU and the UK.
Thus far, those negotiations had proposed that UK organisations would continue to be able to apply for EU programme funding from the Creative Europe programme (the programme from which the EUYO receives EU support) until the end of the current programme in December 2020, except in the case of the UK exiting the EU without such a transitional deal. Therefore, unless the UK exits without a transitional deal in place, it is expected that UK players will be eligible to apply and perform with the EUYO until AT LEAST 31 December 2020. For more details about the EU/UK Creative Europe proposal click here.
I am from a European country that is not a member of the EU. Can I apply?
Unfortunately, we can only accept applicants from the 28 EU Member States.
I am not from a European Country. Can I apply?
As above, unfortunately we can only accept applicants from the 28 EU Member States.
I am already working for a professional orchestra. Am I still able to audition for the EUYO?
Absolutely. Many of our members play with professional orchestras and ensembles.
I do not attend a Music College/Academy or study for a degree in music. Can I still audition?
Yes, we accept applications from musicians, even if music is not your chosen academic path.
Can I audition on more than one instrument?
Yes, you can apply for more than one audition, for multiple instruments. Just let us know in your application form.
Preparing for your audition:
What do I need to bring to my audition?
You will need to bring your instrument and your national identification card (ID) or passport.
What music will I need to prepare for my audition?
You will need to prepare a solo work and excerpts of popular orchestral works, which can be found here. Please note that the excerpts may change from year to year.
Will the EUYO pay my travel fare to and from the audition city if I do not live or study there?
As we get hundreds of applicants in each country, sadly we cannot pay your travel to and from the audition.
I’ve been given an audition slot that I’m no longer able to make. What do I do?
At the audition:
I’m running late for my audition. Who do I let know?
Please get in touch with the relevant contact person for the audition as soon as possible. All contact information will be sent out when your audition is confirmed.
I’m unwell and won’t be able to make my audition. Can I reschedule?
Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that you will be able to reschedule your audition if you cannot make it in the first instance. But anyway, let us know as soon as possible.
Where can I warm up?
There will be a warm up room provided at all audition venues. There is also someone who will show you the way, if you can’t find it.
After your audition:
When will I hear back about whether I’ve been accepted or not?
You will hear from us in late January or early February 2020.
Where can I view my audition video?
Unfortunately, we cannot make the audition videos available. They are only for the panel members to help the decision-making process.
Can I get feedback from my audition?
No, due to the large number of auditions we cannot offer individual feedback.
I have been asked back for a final audition. What does this mean?
In some countries auditions are conducted in two rounds: preliminary and final auditions. If you are called for a final audition, you are one step closer to joining the EUYO.
I’ve been accepted into the EUYO, now what?
Congratulations! This means you are an EUYO member for the Spring and Summer Tour (orchestration permitting), as well as any chamber projects you may be asked to join for the next calendar year.
Are there any costs that I have to pay as a Member?
There is no membership fee for being part of the EUYO. Moreover, once accepted as a Member, the EUYO pays for the costs of train or flight travel to and from EUYO projects, all EUYO music teaching and tutor costs, and accommodation and food costs incurred as part of our projects. You will still be responsible for the insurance of your instrument (unless we provide the instrument) and any separately incurred incidental costs.
I’ve been put on the 'reserve list'.
This means that should one of our Members not be able to make a specific tour, you may be asked to join the EUYO that tour.
I haven’t been accepted into the EUYO.
Competition is very tough with a few thousand candidates each year. Please do not be disheartened, keep practicing and we invite you to audition again next year.