Audition FAQ

Frequently Asked Audition Questions

When is the best time to audition?
The sooner the better, get it over with! For the best chance to succeed at your ensemble goal we would recommend auditioning in April, and possibly the first week of May, if available. Second week of May audition dates will only be opened up on a need base. Please do not wait until the last minute to schedule your audition! It is important for any young musician to have a date set, so they have a goal. For the majority, the longer away it is, the more they will procrastinate!

Where are the auditions held?
All auditions are held at the MYAC Center. Our address is 878 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL 60040.

Are there warm-up rooms available at the MYAC Center?
Yes. We have a number of warm-up rooms available for you.

When should I arrive for my audition?
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your audition time. Please plan ahead for traffic or weather related travel issues.

Should I memorize the music?
You are welcome to memorize your music, but it is not required.

How long is the audition?
The average audition is 20 minutes long.

What should I expect in the audition?
Each person will perform for either an ensemble Director or a member of the MYA audition team. The audition will consist of the performance and short conversation for them learn about the student, inform the student and family about MYA, and to answer any questions. All auditions are taped and will be reviewed at a later date by the audition selection committee.

What should I wear?
Wear clothes in which you are comfortable performing. Please do not wear concert dress, but you should dress nicely.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?
The audition selection committee plans to listen to all of the audition recordings in early May to make ensemble placement decisions. Students will be notified by email shortly thereafter. If you do not recieve any information by June 1, please contact the MYAC office, 847-926-9898.

Do any auditions take place in the summer?
After the first round, which ends in May, auditions are only held for positions that have not been filled. These spots will be posted on the Audition Information page.

What is the tuition to participate in MYA Conservatory?
You can find the tuition rates on the MYAC Tuition page.

When and where are rehearsals held?
All orchestra, jazz, and choral rehearsals are held at the MYAC Center, 878 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL 60040

Saturday (for 2016-2017):

  • Reading Orchestra: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Cadet Orchestra: 12:00-1:00pm
  • Concertino Orchestra: 9:30-11:00am
  • Philharmonia Orchestra: 1:00-3:00pm
  • Concert Orchestra: 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Symphony Orchestra: 12:00-3:00pm

Sunday (for 2016-2017):

  • Jazz Ensemble: 3:00-4:30pm
  • Jazz Orchestra: 12:00-2:00pm
  • Jazz Workshop: 3:00-5:00
  • Big Band: 6:00-8:00pm
  • Voices Rising: 1:00-3:00pm