There is no minimum age or grade level required to audition or participate in the HPYO. Applicants are accepted into the orchestra based on their performance in their audition. Excerpt packets may include repertoire excerpts from the upcoming season’s planned repertoire as well as pieces that may not be performed in the upcoming season. 

To prepare and get a sense for the required skill level, our coaches recommend that you: 

  • Look up videos, recordings and scores of the orchestral repertoire from the excerpts in your audition packet
  • Watch and listen to these pieces to gain an understanding of the level of skill required to play these pieces