KJSO Auditions

Guidelines & Requirements

String, Wind, or Brass Audition

  • Perform a solo work which demonstrates a range of techniques and/or 3-4 standard orchestral excerpts
  • Sight-reading
  • Scales may be asked as well in accordance with MSBOA Proficiency Level 1

Percussion Audition

  • Prepare one or more exercises and/or orchestral excerpts on the following instruments:
    • Timpani
    • Snare
    • Marimba or Xylophone
  • Performing on all three instruments is preferred. Performing on one or two is acceptable.

Schedule & Commitment

The KJSO plays challenging repertoire in three regular concerts each season, from September to early May, with weekly rehearsals on Sunday afternoons, from 1:30 – 4:30. Dress rehearsals are on Thursday or Friday evenings before performances. Our first rehearsals of the season take place at an overnight camp just outside of Kalamazoo, which we call Tune-up Camp.


Audition Date
June 1 and 2, 2024
Audition Location
Crescendo Academy of Music, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall # 12, Kalamazoo, MI 49007)


Applicants will receive an audition time assignment via email from approximately one week before the audition date.

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