Auditions


General Information

All residents of Southern Saskatchewan who are between the ages of 12 and 26 and study an orchestral instrument are eligible to audition for the SSYO. All returning Orchestra members are required to re-audition each year.

Please complete the required application forms (listed below) online.

Please note that the SSYO is an organization that communicates by email. Providing an email address on the application form that is regularly checked application will allow you to receive important updates and information from the Music Director and Board of Directors.

Payment for Membership and Orchestral training fees can be made by cheque, e-transfer or online using PayPal. Fees can be paid at the time of your audition. Fees will be returned to unsuccessful candidates.

Applications must be received by September 4, 2019, so that an audition time can be arranged for each applicant. The auditions will be held on September 6-7, 2019 at Knox Metropolitan United Church, 2340 Victoria Ave, Regina. You will be notified of your audition time by email or telephone.

Each audition takes approximately five minutes. Be prepared to play a solo of your choice, bringing a copy of the music for the conductors to follow as you play. Each player will be asked to play orchestral excerpts that all members of the orchestral section have been asked to prepare. SSYO excerpts are available online. Any musician who is preparing for the Regina Symphony Orchestra auditions may use the full RSO list of excerpts instead of the SSYO set excerpts. Players should be prepared to play any part of both their own solo and the excerpts, although time will limit how much can be played.

Percussion players should be prepared to demonstrate their playing ability on all section instruments for which they wish to be considered.

Section placements are reassigned each year, based on audition results as well as experience and previous history with the SSYO.

Please note there are different excerpts for returning members. Please see the Membere's section for the appropriate audition excerpts for both new and returning members.

Player Fees

All membership should be paid before your audition. A complete refund will be made if the applicant is unsuccessful.

For your convenience, fees can be paid online by e-transfer or if necessary, a cheque payable to the SSYO. Fees can be paid in full or in two equal installments with the second one payable February 1, 2020. PayPal is not working at the moment. E-transfers- the security question is "composer?" and the answer is Mozart.

Fees for 2019-20 season

Annual Fee
First player: $1000

Second family player: $800

Additional family player: $700

Full time post secondary student: $800

(Included in the cost of membership is a family membership in the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association.)

Please contact the membership director to discuss financial concerns: 306-536-0618. If funding support is needed, please consider Creative Kids: https://www.creativekidssask.ca. The deadline for fall activities is in August.
NOTE: Sept 1- Difficulties with PayPal persist. Please pay by e-transfer (info@ssyo.ca answer is Mozart) or bring a cheque to audtion. We will let you know when PayPal is working again.
If you prefer not to use PayPal or e-transfer, please make a cheque payable to SSYO dated September 9, 2019. If you would like to defer half the cost ($500 each payment), submit two equal cheques with the second one dated February 1, 2020.

Additional levies may (rarely) be charged during the course of the year to cover the cost of special events. These levies may be reduced by subsidies from the SSYO general account if finances permit.

2019-20 season fees

  1. To pay the total membership and orchestral training fees in a single PayPal payment, please use the following button:
    SSYO 2019-2020 Fees
    One Member $1,029.00 CADTwo Members $1,852.20 CADThree Members $2,572.50 CADFour Members $3,292.80 CAD
  2. To pay the membership and orchestral training fees in two PayPal installments (one by September 9, 2019, and the other February 1, 2019) please use the following button:
    SSYO 2019-2020 Fees Installment
    One Member $514.50 CADTwo Members $926.10 CADThree Members $1,286.25 CADFour Members $1,646.40 CAD
    Installment
    September 2019February 2020

Required Forms

The following forms must be completed.

  1. The Member Application Form (See "Behaviour Agreement and SSYO Code of Conduct ")
  2. Parent Volunteer Form

Please complete the required application forms online.

Audition Excerpts for new members.

Excerpts for returning members are found in the member's area of the website.

  1. Flute/Picc
  2. Oboe
  3. Clarinet
  4. Bassoon
  5. Horn
  6. Trumpet
  7. Trombone
  8. Tuba
  9. Percussion
  10. Violin
  11. Viola
  12. Cello
  13. Contrabass

Behaviour Agreement


The SSYO Code of Conduct outlined below is in effect for all activities related to all travel and orchestra events. Participants who fail to adhere to this SSYO Code of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary actions. Immediate corrective action will be taken to ensure the safety and welfare of all participants on the trip. The individual(s) will be given an opportunity to discuss the problem with a chaperone and Head Chaperone before any disciplinary action is taken.

If an individual continually disrupts the group or engages in any prohibited or illegal activity, parents will be notified and the participant will be sent home at the participant's expense. Such expenses may include costs incurred by the chaperone team in the effort to return the participant to Regina. Participants/parents will also be financially responsible for any damage caused by the participant.

Code of Conduct

  1. The health, safety, and welfare of others must be respected at all times.
  2. Appropriate language and behavior are expected at all times. Profanity, foul or abusive language, inflammatory statements, derogatory comments, or physical altercations toward any group or individual are not permitted.
  3. Participants are expected to be present and to participate at all scheduled program activities. Participants are required to wear name tags when dispensed.
  4. All participants are expected to be on the site of the event at all times and to participate in assigned activities.
  5. Participants are responsible for following the instructions of all SSYO staff and event chaperones.
  6. All behavior or language of a sexual nature at SSYO events is inappropriate and unacceptable. Dignified and respectable behavior is expected at all times.
  7. Curfew hours must be strictly followed. Curfew means in your room, lights out. After curfew, no one other than those assigned to a room may be there. No excuse is acceptable.
  8. Behavior during unscheduled free time is subject to the supervision of SSYO chaperones.
  9. The Head Chaperone has the final determination on all rules and matters of discipline.
  10. Dress code standards previously set for the event must be met by all participants.
  11. Possession, distribution, or use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs is prohibited.
  12. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications may be dispensed by adult chaperones only with prior written authorization provided by the parent/guardian.
  13. Care and respect for property, personal and institutional, is expected at all times. Theft, possession of missing property, or damage to property is prohibited.
  14. Possession, distribution or use of weapons, ammunition or fireworks is prohibited.
  15. The obtaining of new body modifications (e.g., piercings, tattoos, branding, etc.) during the period of this trip is prohibited.
  16. Positive attitudes and behavior are the best public relations we have. Always use good manners and common sense.
  17. If you have any concerns about the behaviour of anyone on the trip, including any adult, please discuss it immediately with a chaperone or another adult that you trust. Do not put it off or think that your concern might sound silly - it is important to let someone know.

Upcoming Events


November 7 - 10, 2019

Youth Orchestra Symposium @ The Banff Centre

The Banff Centre, Banff, AB

December 15, 2019 12:00 - 12:00 am

SSYO Christmas Event TBA

Conexus Arts Centre

March 14, 2020 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Regina Symphony Orchestra/ SSYO

Conexus Arts Centre

March 21, 2020 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Spring Fete Concert

Knox Metropolitan United Church

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