All residents of Southern Saskatchewan who are between the ages of 12 and 26 and study an orchestral instrument are eligible to audition for the SSYO. All returning Orchestra members are required to re-audition each year.
Please complete the required application forms (listed below) online.
Please note that the SSYO is an organization that communicates by email. Providing an email address on the application form that is regularly checked application will allow you to receive important updates and information from the Music Director and Board of Directors.
Payment for Membership and Orchestral training fees can be made by cheque, e-transfer or online using PayPal. Fees can be paid at the time of your audition. Fees will be returned to unsuccessful candidates.
Applications must be received by September 15, 2020, so that an audition time can be arranged for each applicant. The auditions will be held virtually. See instructions as to how to submit below.
Each audition takes approximately ten minutes. Be prepared to play a solo of your choice, bringing a copy of the music for the conductors to follow as you play. Each player will be asked to play orchestral excerpts that all members of the orchestral section have been asked to prepare. SSYO excerpts are available online. Any musician who is preparing for the Regina Symphony Orchestra auditions may use the full RSO list of excerpts instead of the SSYO set excerpts. Players should be prepared to play any part of both their own solo and the excerpts, although time will limit how much can be played.
Percussion players should be prepared to demonstrate their playing ability on all section instruments for which they wish to be considered.
Section placements are reassigned each year, based on audition results as well as experience and previous history with the SSYO.
Please note there are different excerpts for returning members.
Curious about costs? You can learn more here.
Due to COVID-19 changes have been made to the audition process for the 2020-21 season.
Auditions will not take place in-person but through the submission of a video recording of your playing of required excerpts and a piece of your choosing. Excerpts for auditions can be found below. Please note there are excerpts for returning members and for prospective players.
The deadline for submitting an audition recording is September 15. If you have any difficulty with your audition recording, please get in touch with Rudy Sternadel at rsternadel <at> sasktel <dot> net. (replace the <at> with @ and <dot> respectively)
Please record your submission on a device and then upload to youtube by September 15.
You do not need special equipment to record your audition. Your computer or phone will do. Here are links to instructions:
If using apple:
If using android:
Just make sure you set the privacy settings to “unlisted". This will ensure only Al and Rudy can view it.