LMYO Audition Information


When: February 8, 2016 6pm to 9pm
First rehearsal: Feb 22, 2016 at 6pm

Where: UPTON Middle School, 800 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085


Auditioning students will be asked to:
• Play a solo piece of their choice - no accompanist required
• Sight Read
• Scales in accordance with MSBOA Prof 1

String Instruments
Wind and Melody Percussion Instruments

Middle School string players interested in auditioning for Encore Strings and Concert Strings only need to prepare a short piece demonstrating their proficiency on their instrument. No accompaniment is needed.

Rehearsals: The LMYO rehearses once a week on Monday nights at Upton Middle School, both fall and spring terms.
The Concert and Encore Strings Orchestras rehearse from 6:00 - 7:30 pm,
and the Youth Symphony rehearses from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.

To Schedule an Audition Appointment
Call the SMSO Office Monday - Friday. 10:00am - 5:00pm

2015-2016 Concert Schedule


Lake Michigan Youth Symphony
Saturday, December 5th, 2015 7:00 pm
Niles High School

Lake Michigan Youth Orchestras
Sunday, December 13th, 2015 4:00 pm
Lakeshore High School


Lake Michigan Youth Symphony
Side by Side Concert performed with the SMSO
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 4:00 pm
Howard Performing Arts Center

Lake Michigan Youth Orchestras
Sunday, May 8th, 2016 4:00 pm
Howard Performing Arts Center


Auditions for all three of the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestras are held at the beginning of each session in September and in February.  Auditions last approximately 10 minutes and are performed without accompaniment.  Students interested in auditioning should call the SMSO office at 982-4030 to make an appointment .  All applicants will be notified of audition results immediately or by email. 

Audition requirements:

Youth Symphony - Students will be asked to play a piece of their choice from the standard repertoire for their instrument which demonstrates their present level of accomplishment, to play scales as required of MSBOA Proficiency I (available on the SMSO Website), and to sight read.  Auditions are required of all NEW members.  Returning Youth Symphony members MAY be asked to re-audition in the fall or spring to establish correct seating placements.

Concert Strings/Encore Strings -  Elementary and Middle School students who wish to be considered for the Concert Strings and/or Encore Strings Orchestras will be asked to prepare a very short  informal audition to determine the best placement of these students in the appropriate group.  Students will be asked to play a short piece of their choice and a scale representing their present level of technique and range. 

ELIGIBILITY - Students in all three orchestras MUST participate in their own school orchestra or band program if one exists at their school in order to participate in the LMYO program.


Tuition fees are assessed at the beginning of each session.  These fees include:

A fee of $100 to activate LMYO player membership is due upon acceptance into the orchestras and are due for each term. Additional students in the same family may register for $55.

-  All students receive free passes to all SMSO concerts
-  Families receive 2 adult tickets to the LMYO-SMSO “Side-by-Side” concert
-  Parents receive a 25% discount to SMSO concerts (Zone A)

Need-based scholarships are available through the SMSO office for registration fees. 
These scholarships involve working for the LMYO organization.