What is an audition?

An audition is your chance to show off your playing ability. Think of it as an opportunity to display what you have learned on your instrument, not whether you are good enough to get in. MAYSO auditions are an opportunity for our Music Directors to meet new and returning students and evaluate their playing ability to ensure that they are placed in an ensemble that will be challenging and fun. To get ready for your audition, prepare the material outlined below.

While we strongly encourage students to audition in person, we realize this may not be an option for everyone. Students may request to submit a video audition as an alternative to a live audition. Please email Operations Director Mark Wamma ( to make a request.

Audition Requirements

Audition Instructions

In Person Auditions

On the day of your audition, arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your scheduled time. This will allow you time to set up, tune, and warm up on your instrument. When it is your turn, one of our audition helpers will accompany you to the room where the auditions are being heard. Your audition will only be about 10 minutes long. After you have finished playing, you are free to go! Decisions on ensemble placement will be announced 1-3 days following the end of auditions.

If you have questions about your audition or the audition process, please contact us at

Auditions are held in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato.

Video Audition (by request)

A video audition may be allowed upon request in place of an in person audition. Please email Operations Director Mark Wamma ( to submit your request. Once you have received approval, please follow these instructions when making and submitting your audition.

Recording your audition

Submit your audition

Once your audition video is completed, you may submit it to Mark Wamma, Operations Director at using one of the following options. 

Please write the following in the subject line:  Student Name Audition, Instrument, Ensemble (e.g. Jane Doe Audition, Viola, YSO)