The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles began as a dream of the ASO's founders in the 1960's and today continues to attract Arkansas' leading student-musicians. Ranging in age from 9-18 and traveling from over 37 communities throughout the state, the ASYO has grown to over 200 members.
For more information, please contact Barbara Burroughs at (501) 666-1761 ext. 116.
2016-2017 ASYO Handbook
ASYO Scholarship Application
THE AUDITION AND REGISTRATION SYSTEMS ARE ONLINE.
Step 1: Apply to audition.
Step 2: After the student has been placed in an ensemble, complete registration for the ASO Youth Ensembles program.
Download Audition Information as PDF
Auditions are held twice yearly in January and May. January auditions are for those string, woodwind, brass and percussion students wishing to enter the Prelude, Academy or Youth Orchestras. January auditions will be on Sunday, January 22, 2017 noon till 6 p.m. June auditions are for all students desiring to audition for entrance into the Prelude, Academy or Youth Orchestras, OR to move up to the next level. May auditions are on Saturday, May 20, 2017 (all day at Byrne Hall) for Strings and Woodwind Brass and Percussion on Monday, May 22, 2017 (4 p.m. at Byrne Hall) and Tuesday, May 22, 2017 (4 p.m. at Byrne Hall).To ensure the continuity of the program within each group, students are not allowed to move from one orchestra to another mid-year except under extraordinary circumstances.
Reservations for auditions must be made in advance. The ASYO audition form and the $20 audition fee must be sent to the ASO offices prior to the audition date. It is not necessary for a student to re-audition each year for entrance to the ASYO Program. And audition is required only when a student wishes to move from one level to another.
Students need to audition for ensemble placement. Once placed in an ensemble students should register at the link above.
John and Karen Flake Endowed Scholarship Award