Orchestra Audition FAQ

Where are auditions held?

Each June, auditions are held in the Music and Arts Building at UTSA (1604 Campus).

How much is tuition for the year?

Tuition varies depending on the orchestra. There is a $125 non-refundable deposit due at the time the placement is announced and then eight monthly payments (Sept.-April)

Here are the monthly payment rates for 2019/20:

  • YOSA Philharmonic: $79

  • YOSA Symphonic Winds: $68

  • YOSA Symphony: $68

  • YOSA Flute Choir: $53

  • YOSA Concertino Strings: $63

  • YOSA Repertory Strings: $62

  • YOSA Sinfonietta Strings: $59

  • YOSA Capriccio Strings: $55

  • YOSA Prelude Strings: $51

YOSA is committed to making our activities accessible for families, regardless of financial constraints. There is no fee to audition. Tuition assistance is offered at the beginning of each season based on a family’s income, household size, and other family or financial circumstances. Families can expect strict confidentiality regarding their assistance application and results. Every effort will be made to meet the needs of young musicians and their families.

How do I submit a tuition assistance application?

Tuition Assistance applications will be included in the placement email and be found on the YOSA website.

When and where are rehearsals?

  • YOSA Philharmonic: Sundays from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at UTSA

  • YOSA Symphonic Winds: Sundays from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at UTSA

  • YOSA Symphony: Sundays from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at UTSA

  • YOSA Flute Choir: Sundays from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at UTSA

  • YOSA Concertino Strings: Tuesdays from 6:30-8:45 p.m. at St David’s Episcopal Church

  • YOSA Repertory Strings: Sundays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at University of the Incarnate Word

  • YOSA Sinfonietta Strings: Sundays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at University of the Incarnate Word

  • YOSA Capriccio Strings: Sundays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at University of the Incarnate Word

  • YOSA Prelude Strings: Sundays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at University of the Incarnate Word

When will we find out our audition results?

Audition results are sent via email before the end of June for the following season.

Do we need to bring our own instruments to rehearsal?

Yes. YOSA will provide most large percussion instruments.

What if we have conflicts with the time an orchestra meets?

Every audition is carefully considered for placement in the appropriate YOSA orchestra that will advance the musician in a stimulating environment. Once you have been placed in a YOSA orchestra, we highly recommend resolving any conflicts. If conflicts can’t be resolved, please contact the YOSA office at 210-737-0097 or email auditions@yosa.org.

How many concerts are there a year?

There are three regular season concerts a year for each orchestra. In addition, all YOSA orchestras will perform in YOSApalooza in May at the Tobin Center. The YOSA Philharmonic also performs in other concerts throughout the year as well as offering other opportunities to perform throughout the season.