Guidelines & Requirements

String, Wind, or Brass Audition

1) Perform a solo work which demonstrates a range of techniques and/or 3-4 standard orchestral excerpts.
2) Sight reading.
3) Scales may be asked as well in accordance with MSBOA Proficiency Level 1. – 2014-2015 MSBOA Scales

Percussion Audition

Prepare one or more exercises and/or orchestral excerpts on the following:
1) Timpani
2) Snare
3) Marimba or Xylophone

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.



Auditions for the KJSO are held in early June for the following year’s upcoming season.

Regular registration for the 2020-2021 season is closed.

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming an alternate for the 2020-2021 season, and/or if you would like to pre-register for the 2021-2022 season.