How does the selection process work?
All candidates must submit a video of themselves playing four minutes of a piece of their choice with piano accompaniment, plus two orchestral excerpts. The videos of the first round will be judged by the EUYO’s instrumental faculty, so each video will be judged by a specialist in your own instrument. Successful candidates will be invited to the final round. The second round consists of a live online session with ONE experienced panel member. However, to ensure a fair judgement all auditions will be recorded on video so that they can be compared with all other audition candidates across Europe.
You can find further information on the process on the Rules and Regulations page.
Please complete the application form on the Audition Overview page, which will require you to upload a link to your video (which you should upload to YouTube, either as an unlisted or public video – do not choose the “private” setting). The application deadline is September 30, 2020.
If you are invited to a second round audition, you will be able to choose your audition slot (probably via Doodle poll or a similar mechanism). In order to audition all candidates from a country together, certain days will be assigned to certain countries. Slots will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please note that we cannot accommodate later changes, as you will have chosen your own slot. If you have a good reason why you cannot audition on these dates, please contact us and we will try to help you.
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 compared with all other audition candidates across Europe.
Our 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 second-round panelist will watch your video and then spend approximately 8 minutes with you in which you may be asked to play further excerpts (not necessarily the ones you submitted on the video).
Feedback for all other candidates:
If you do not advance to the second round, you can take advantage of a live, online feedback session with an EUYO Alumni Tutor. We will inform you about the scheduling procedure along with the results.
How do I apply for an audition?
Just follow the simple instructions on this page.
Who can apply for EUYO auditions?
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.
With what instrument can I apply?
For the 2021 orchestra, we are auditioning Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Percussion, Harp and Keyboard.
I am from the UK. Am I still able to apply for and play in the EUYO?
As of February 1, 2020 the UK is no longer an EU member. However under the current transitional arrangements UK players who auditioned in 2019 for the 2020 year and who are offered membership for the 2020 Orchestra are guaranteed that membership until 31 December 2020. Furthermore, since the 2020 orchestra members will be reinvited in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, these UK players will also be reinvited in 2021, in the interest of fairness.
The transition period ends on December 31, 2020. Therefore, UK musicians are no longer eligible to apply as new members of EUYO. If a decision to extend the transition period is made before the EUYO video submission deadline on September 30, EUYO will then accept applications from UK candidates.
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 27 EU Member States.
I am not from a European Country. Can I apply?
As above, unfortunately we can only accept applicants from the 27 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.
I was a reserve list player in 2019 or 2020, but was not invited to any project. Am I eligible to advance to the second round, as in previous years?
Unfortunately not: all reserve list players who were not invited to projects in 2019 or 2020 (and therefore did not become members) cannot be given preferential treatment in 2021, due to special rules for the 2020 members.
France and Austria:
I have already completed a first-round audition in France or Austria earlier this year and have been told I advanced to the second round. What happens now?
You will be asked to submit a video for the second round and will be given a second-round audition, without the intermediate step of a first-round judgment.
I have already completed a first-round audition in France or Austria, but did not advance to the second round. Can I reapply?
Unfortunately not. You may audition again next year.
I am a French or Austrian citizen, but I did not participate in the first-round audition there. What can I do?
If you are French or Austrian and did not participate in the first-round selection process held earlier in 2020, you are eligible to submit a video.
Preparing for your audition:
How do I record an audition video?
Our recording guidelines (here) can give you detailed instructions on how you can easily create a good recording.
What do I need to bring to my audition?
You will need to bring your instrument.
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 you are required to play only certain excerpts on your video audition, but may be asked to play the rest of the excerpts in your second round audition.
Will the EUYO provide an accompanist for my audition?
In 2020 you will have to organize your own accompanist for your video recording. If you are invited to the second round, you do not need an accompanist, as the focus will be on the excerpts and the recording you submitted.
After your audition:
When will I hear back about whether I’ve been accepted or not?
You will be told about your first-round result by email on November 2, 2020.
You will hear from us about your second round result by email in December 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?
For the first time in EUYO’s history, all candidates will be given live, online feedback – either during your second-round audition or during your feedback session with an EUYO Alumni Tutor.
What is the feedback session?
If you did not advance to the second round, EUYO wants to make sure you still receive qualified, helpful feedback on your audition video. This will be provided live and online by one of our EUYO Alumni Tutors, who are graduates of EUYO. For more information on the EUYO Alumni Tutors, click here. Please note that you will not be required to play further excerpts during your feedback session. You should have your instrument with you.
I’ve been accepted into the EUYO, now what?
Congratulations! This means you are an EUYO member for the Spring and/or 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. EUYO relies heavily on its reserve list during the year, as members have to drop our of projects for health or other reasons.
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.