Orchestra Audition Requirements

Applicants should be prepared to play two to three octave (preferably three) major scales ascending and descending in the keys of C, G, D, A, F, B-flat, and E-flat. They should prepare the two orchestral excerpts supplied by YPAS (found below). Also, applicants should prepare two solo excerpts of their choice (one slow, one fast; 3 minutes total length). Solo excerpts should come from the solo repertoire for their specific instrument; selections from a sonata or concerto would be an excellent choice. An individual part from an orchestra class arrangement or a transcribed piece from pop or commercial literature is unacceptable. In addition, applicants are given a short musical piece to sight-read. 


YPAS Required Orchestra Excerpt One

YPAS Required Orchestra Excerpt Two

How to Apply

1.Apply through JCPS Options and Magnets

Before applying to YPAS, be sure to complete the JCPS Options and Magnets Application.

2.Complete the YPAS Application

Click "Apply Now" to start this process. You do not need to complete separate applications for YPAS and Manual. Please be prepared to upload the following:

  • Headshot (this can be a school picture or one you take yourself)
  • Performance resume (you can Google sample resumes for your audition area)
  • One page essay entitled “Why I want to attend YPAS” (typed or handwritten)
  • Non-Jefferson County Public School students will need to include school transcripts including middle school grades, test scores, and most recent progress report. If you are currently in high school, please upload that information for the current year and your previous two years of school.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are auditioning for more than one YPAS area, you only have to apply online once.


3. Get two teacher recommendations

You will need two recommendation forms to complete the application process.  You can choose a school teacher, private instructor, director, or other community members to complete the recommendation form. Copy the link below and send it to the two people you choose to complete the recommendation.

Teacher Recommendation Form Link: https://bit.ly/YPASRecommendation



Prepare the audition material for your specific area listed on this page. Be sure to work with a teacher or private instructor so you are fully prepared.


Once you submit your application and both recommendations have been received, information about auditions will be emailed to the primary email you list on the application.  If you have not received an email within one week of submitting your packet, check with your recommenders to see they have completed the forms.  If they have, please email michelle.bynum@jefferson.kyschools.us