Rowan Youth Orchestra

Rowan Youth Orchestra

Rowan Youth Orchestra

The Rowan Youth Orchestra, now in its 35th year at Rowan University, is a full orchestra including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments. Orchestra members come from schools throughout southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Players work with Rowan University faculty and students in rehearsals, sectionals, and masterclasses. The orchestra performs concerts at Rowan University’s Pfleeger Concert Hall to showcase it’s musicians’ talents.

RYO 2018-2019 Semester

Fall Audition Dates: September 9, 15 & 16, 2018; Audition schedule will be released August 3, 2018.

Fall Performance: December 2, 2018

RYO Semester Tuition: $155; A discount is available if your child is enrolled in private lessons through Rowan Prep for the semester. If your child is enrolled in private lessons the RYO tuition is $130. 

Download the RYO Registration form!

Click here for 2018-2019 Registration!



RYO Rehearsal Schedule
2018-19 Season

There are a limited number of rehearsals for our concerts so all are extremely important. Plan on rehearsal starting on time and ending at the scheduled time. If your child needs extra time to get any missed music or has any questions or concerns, please arrive earlier. Please arrive by 6:15pm to tune your instrument and warm-up. Players should be in their seats, ready to play, at 6:30pm.

If you are unable to attend a rehearsal, please email


Rehearsal Dates, Fall 2018 (Both RYO and RYSO unless otherwise indicated)

Winter Concert: 7:30pm, December 2, 2018 Pfleeger Concert Hall

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsal Schedule for Fall 2018!

September 9th, 15th & 16th - Auditions

September 23rd - First Rehearsal
September 30th
October 7th - NO REHEARSAL
October 14th 
October 21st
October 28th - Halloween Spirit Rehearsal
November 4th
November 11th
November 18th
November 25th - NO REHEARSAL
December 2nd - CONCERT!

Please arrive by 6:15pm & bring your:

  • Instrument
  • Pencils
  • Music

*All instrumental parts for each selection will be handed out at the beginning of rehearsal. 

Audition Requirements

Your audition will consist of three parts:

1) A solo piece of your choosing that you feel comfortable playing. The piece should demonstrate the full range of your technique and musicality. If possible, choose two contrasting excerpts. Maximum 3 minutes.

Percussion: Solo on the instruments of your choice

2) Scales. You will be asked to play 2 scales of your choosing.

Violin/Viola/Cello/Bass: Major or minor scales in 2 or 3 octaves.
Woodwinds & Brass: Major or minor scales in 1, 2, or 3 octaves as appropriate for your instrument.
Percussion: Rolls

3) Sight reading. You will be asked to sight read a brief passage of music. The best way to prepare is to practice sight reading at home. Choose a piece of music from a method book or orchestra that you have not played before. Sit down with a metronome and play through a passage without stopping. HINT: It is better to take a slow tempo that is comfortable, rather than a fast tempo that will cause you to stop.

Why an audition?
While most people wouldn't call auditions fun, they are a very valuable experience for the auditioning student and music director. We audition all prospective and returning members for three reasons:

1) So that you and the music director can meet one on one. In the full orchestra, this is often not possible. By knowing each student as a person as well as a player, he can create the most rewarding orchestral experience possible.

2) To train students on how to take auditions. Do you get nervous when you audition? There is only one way to practice getting over that nervousness, and that is to take auditions. Our supportive audition environment teaches students how to audition, which they can apply in future try-outs and job interviews.

3) For seating. In order to best organize the orchestra, our music director needs to hear each player individually.

Things to know:
Music stands will be provided.
Percussion, timpani, and a piano will be available in the audition room. Percussionists should bring their own mallets and/or sticks.