The Festival Orchestra (updated 02/01/17) 

The Festival Symphony Orchestra

Students who play woodwind, brass, percussion and string instruments may audition for this ensemble.

Audition process:

For academies (Music Directors)

  1. Find audition excerpts (Symphony Orchestra Audition Excerpts Scores)
  2. Schedule a live audition or skype audition ( or call 540-908-5047)
  3. Fill-out the online Symphony Orchestra Application form (one per student).

For homeschool/public school students

  1. Find audition excerpts (Symphony Orchestra Audition Excerpts Scores)
  2. Upload a video of your audition on YouTube or schedule a live audition (
  3. Fill-out the online Symphony Orchestra Application form and copy the link to your audition video.


Deadline: Auditions are open until all positions are filled.



Southwestern Symphony Orchestra

  • Can-Can by Jacques Offenbach
  • Elegy by Gabriel Fauré (Dan Totan, cello)
  • Summertime from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin (Raehann Brice-Davis, mezzo-soprano)

Festival Orchestra

  • Tico Tico No Fubá by Zequinha de Abreu (Trent Muse, piano)   [MP3 audio]
  • Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa                           [MP3 audio]
  • "Nimrod" from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar                   [MP3 audio]
  • Carmina Burana by Carl Orff [listen]                                          [MP3 audio]


If you have questions about the orchestra or the application process, please contact Marc Élysée at

Thank you and good luck!