Adam Bodony
Artistic Director

Janette Brown
Executive Director

Susan Kitterman
Founder and Artistic Director Emerita


2020-2021 Auditions will be accepted April 1 - July 13, 2020. 

Covid-19 UPDATE: We understand that the pandemic has affected lessons and audition preparation. Please use the Audition Requirements more as a guide. Consult with your private teacher to see if slight alterations may be appropriate (i.e. substitute a scale of your choice for the highest scale, shorten your etude or solo excerpt, etc.).

Who can participate in Indianapolis Youth Orchestra?

Acceptance is by audition only. Auditions are submitted via video. See audition application for instructions. Memorization is NOT required. Auditions should be played without accompaniment.

**If necessary we can arrange an in-person audition at our office downtown. Please contact Janette Brown, Executive Director  | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Is there an age requirement for participation in IYO?

There is no minimum age, however most students are ages 8-18. Our youngest string students should be at or about the level of Suzuki book 3 and be able to sit through a one and a half hour rehearsal. 


Are all instruments accepted for participation in IYO?

Concert Orchestra is a string-only ensemble with a maximum age of 8th grade.

Philharmonic Orchestra is an intermediate ensemble of strings, winds, and brass.

Symphony Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra.

Harp students are welcome to audition. Harps are accepted in Symphony Orchestra only.

We do not accept saxophone or piano auditions, however these students are welcome to compete in our Young Artist Competition in January.

What should a student prepare for his or her IYO audition?

Scales, an etude, and a solo excerpt are required at auditions. Detailed requirements for each orchestra level are outlined here: Audition Requirements

Apply for an audition online: 2020-2021 Audition Application

Where do IYO auditions take place?

Auditions will be submitted via video. Please record a video of your audition. Include all parts of the audition (scales, etude, solo) as required for your instrument. Please reference the Audition Requirements before recording. Upload your video to YouTube as an unlisted link and copy/paste it into your audition application.

You do not have to record your audition in one take. However, you will need to compile the clips into one video, as we will only be accepting one YouTube link per person. 

If necessary, in person auditions can be held at Symphony Centre, 32 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Contact Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule.

When and where do IYO rehearsals take place?

Rehearsals take place from August to May on Sunday afternoons, typically at Butler University. Concert Orchestra 3:30-5:00; Philharmonic Orchestra 1:00-3:00; Symphony Orchestra 1:00-4:30 (note extended time for the 2020-2021 season)

Where does the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra perform?

Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras perform 3 concerts each year at Hilbert Circle Theatre, typically in November, February, and May. Concert Orchestra joins the other ensembles for the February and May concerts and performs one other stand-alone concerts, typically in October. 

How much does participation in Indianapolis Youth Orchestra cost?

Tuition ranges from $400-$650 per season, depending on your orchestra placement. Payment plans and Tuition Assistance are available.

Are there other expectations of IYO participants?

Students are expected to study their instrument privately with a teacher and to participate in their school music ensemble if there is one.

When will students receive audition results?

ALL applicants will be notified by e-mail.  If you do not receive an e-mail by July 31, please contact the IYO office.  Please do not contact us regarding your completed audition until after July 31. All placements are final.

For any other questions, please contact IYO Executive Director Janette Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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