Adam Bodony
Artistic Director

Janette Brown
Executive Director

Susan Kitterman
Founder and Artistic Director Emerita

Audition FAQ

Membership 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, an in-person can be scheduled on Saturday, July 9, 2022. This is the only in-person audition date and slots are first-come first-served. Sign up here.

**Preview application questions here.


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.

Read more about each orchestra here.

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

Where do IYO auditions take place?

Auditions will be submitted electronically. Please reference the Audition Requirements before recording. 

The deadline to submit the audition video is Saturday, July 9 at 11:59pm

 When and where do IYO rehearsals take place?

Rehearsals take place from August to May on Sunday afternoons between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00pm. Our 2021-22 rehearsal locations were Butler University and the Indianapolis Opera center. We anticipate these locations will be the same for 2022-23.

We support school music and other organizations and know that from time to time absences are unavoidable, but we do expect your attendance each and every Sunday for rehearsal.  Please take this into consideration before applying.

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 concert, 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 via Acceptd.  Please do not contact us regarding your completed audition until after August 7. 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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