Rowan Youth Orchestra

Rowan Youth Orchestra

Rowan Youth Orchestra

The Rowan Youth Orchestra, now in its 34th 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.


***First Rehearsal: Sunday, January 28th***

RYO Semester Tuition: $150; 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 $125. 

RYO rehearses on Sunday nights from 6:30pm-8:45pm. Rehearsals are held in Wilson Hall, Room 156 at Rowan University.

Please arrive by 6:15pm to tune your instrument and warm-up. Players should be in their seats, ready to play, at 6:30pm.

The RYSO rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm in Wilson Hall.

Download the RYO Registration form!

RYO Rehearsal Schedule
2017-18 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.

If you are unable to attend a rehearsal, please email


Rehearsal Dates, Spring 2018 (Both RYO and RYSO unless otherwise indicated)
January 28
February 4, No Rehearsal
February 11
February 18
February 25
March 4
March 11, No Rehearsal
March 18
March 25
April 1, No Rehearsal
April 8
April 15
April 22, Dress Rehearsal
April 29, Concert

Spring Concert: 7:30pm, April 29, 2018 Pfleeger Concert Hall
(Please note: the date of the concert has changed since it was posted in summer 2017)

Rehearsal Information

Please arrive by 6:15pm & bring your:

  • Instrument
  • Pencils
  • Completed registraion form (3 pages)
  • Tuition Payment (Checks or call the Rowan Prep office to pay by credit card) 856-256-4556

*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.