NVYW Auditions

Audition Dates for the 2020-2021 Season Announced in April 


Audition Options:

Tuition rate for the 2019-2020 season

  • Tuition for the 2019-2020 season is $275, due on confirmation of participation. Tuition is prorated based on the number of concerts remaining during the season. 
  • No audition fee


Who is Eligible

Northern Virginia Youth Winds is open to students grades 8-12 who are members in good standing with their public, private, parochial or home school band. Selection to the ensemble will be determined by successful audition and instrumentation needs.

What Is Expected at NVYW Auditions
  • To support the mission and educational focus of high schools in Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia region, auditions for NVYW will closely parallel expectations for district and state ensembles.
  • Students will be asked to prepare one or more excerpts, of their own choosing, not to exceed two minutes in length, which will demonstrate technical facility, maturity of tone and expressive content. Selection of performance excerpts is the choice of the player, in consultation with his/her music teachers.
  • Percussionists will be expected to prepare excerpts on at least two of the three percussion disciplines: Snare, Mallets and Timpani.
  • All students will be asked to perform a chromatic scale through their full range and a variety of major scales that demonstrate range and key fluency.
  • There is no requirement for sight-reading.

Need-based scholarships may be available. Applications will be made available at the time of acceptance and due upon confirmation of participation.