Auditions for the Alton Youth Symphony and Alton Youth Symphony Chamber Group are held twice a year, in September and January for new members. All returning members are required to re-audition in August. All auditions are held in the Ringhausen Building on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College (5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey, IL, 62035).

The following are the audition requirements for Alton Youth Symphony and Alton Youth Symphony Chamber Group. If your student is interested in auditioning for the Alton Youth Symphony, please fill out the appropriate form below. All Chamber Group auditions can be done at the same time your child auditions for the Alton Youth Symphony.

Auditions are NOT required for the Alton Junior Youth Symphony. Requirements for Alton Junior Youth Symphony are found below. If your child is interested in joining that group, please fill out the Alton Junior Youth Symphony Form.


New Members- Auditioning for the Alton Youth Symphony Spring 2020

(Audition and Appointment Required)

Auditions date: January 11, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration- Alton Junior Youth Symphony

(No Audition Necessary!)

Alton Youth Symphony Audition Requirements

Scales, Strings:

*Violin, Viola, Cello

C,D, & G Major (2 Octaves)


C,D, & G Major (1 Octave)

Scales, Woodwinds/Brass:

All Instruments-

C,G,D, & F Major (1 Octave)

Scales, Percussion:

Played on a mallet keyboard instrument-

G,D, & F Major (1 Octave)

All Instruments: Solo/Etude that demonstrates strength and abilities.

All Instruments: Sight reading that will be given at the audition

Alton Youth Symphony Chamber Group Audition Requirements (Strings ONLY)


* Violin: C, D & G (2 octave)

G Major (3 octave)

* Viola/Cello: G &D (2 octave)

C Major (3 octave)

* Bass: C, G, & D (1 Octave)

Solo or Etude:

* Piece should demonstrate strengths and abilities

Sight Reading:

* Given at audition

* Student must be an active AYS member in good standing with consistent or perfect attendance, positive attitude, hard worker, responsible, prepared and following directions.