Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras

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Greetings and welcome,

We would like to take a moment and let you know about the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras. The TSYO traditionally draws the most talented young musicians from northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. The opportunity to perform with a group of musicians with similar dedication to musicianship and quality of performance would be a wonderful supplemental experience for them. Active recruiting for next season will begin soon, and we anticipate our structure will continue to allow us to build on the quality that has been established.

The Toledo Symphony continues to provide artistic and educational leadership for the TSYO. We are excited about this continued partnership and hope to be able to work with you in an effort to provide another musical and educational outlet for your students, in addition to the instruction you provide. We would like to ask for your continued help in encouraging students to build on the positive experiences they receive in your own program through membership in the Toledo Youth Orchestras.

For the 2019-2020 season we will be continuing to maintain three orchestral ensembles: The Philharmonic, Symphonic as full orchestras, and the Concert ensemble as a string orchestra. Through these three ensembles, we are able to continue accommodating the growing numbers of musicians interested in performing with the TSYO. The program represents a proven value for young musicians in the greater Toledo area, and members receive numerous benefits.

Student musicians in the youth orchestras will continue to be actively involved with performers from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. The student musicians will also continue to have the benefits of free tickets to the TSO performances (with advance purchase privileges for families) and side-by-side performance opportunities. Most importantly the orchestra will continue to perform the highest quality literature from the orchestral repertoire.

We hope that you will consider encouraging more students to audition for the TSYO program. We feel it would be a valuable experience and they would enjoy working in an ensemble comprised of dedicated and talented students.

With warmest wishes,

TSYO Staff



As part of the core educational mission of the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras bring together over 200 of the most talented students from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan in an atmosphere of musical excellence. Dedicated staff members and musicians work hard to give a top quality musical education to all students regardless of financial circumstance. The Toledo Youth Orchestras have been in existence for over 66 years, starting out as a small group of friends meeting for fun, the organization grew into what we know today.




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The 2019-2020 TSYO handbook will be updated in August.


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Please read through the following information carefully. 

*All auditions are to be performed without accompaniment. 

New member and seating auditions for the TSYO will be held on Mondays, May 13 and 20, Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23. Students are placed in the ensemble that best fits them based on this recorded audition.

Auditions will be held at the Professional Building, 1838 Parkwood Avenue in Toledo. 

NEW THIS YEAR: short excerpts required for strings, woodwinds, and brass, are listed below. Required for Symphonic and Philharmonic Orchestras only.

PLEASE NOTE: PERCUSSION AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE THE WEEK OF JUNE 10. Please contact Joan Weiler at to sign up for an audition time.

(Please do not take repeats in your selected solos)

Woodwinds, brass, and strings:

Prepare two contrasting excerpts of any solo literature, not to exceed 5 minutes.

Prepare the selected excerpt(s) for your chosen ensemble listed below. 

CONCERT STRINGS - TWO contrasting pieces
SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA - TWO contrasting pieces, plus excerpt(s)
PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - TWO contrasting pieces, plus excerpt(s)

Only prepare the excerpt(s) for ONE of the orchestras.


Prepare two contrasting excerpts of any solo literature, not to exceed 6 minutes.

Prepare one snare solo and either a marimba or timpani solo totaling no more than 5 minutes. Please bring your own mallets and sticks to the audition. 

REQUIRED EXCERPTS (Woodwinds, Brass, Strings)

Please click on the excerpt list for the orchestra you’d like to audition for, scroll until you find your instrument, and print the page(s) for that or those excerpts. Make sure you scroll until you see the excerpt for the next instrument to make sure you print all the music for your instrument. Some are 1 excerpt and some are 2.

You must prepare the number of excerpts that are there for your instrument. If you are unsure of which excerpts to prepare, you can ask your private teacher about it or just prepare the Philharmonic excerpts and you’ll be placed in the appropriate orchestra. There are no excerpts for Concert Strings. If you are auditioning for Concert Strings you should prepare only the two contrasting selections not to exceed 5 minutes.

Symphonic Audition Excerpts (Violins: do not prepare the first page of excerpts, only prepare Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 excerpt)

Philharmonic Audition Excerpts

VIOLINS ONLY (for clarification)

CONCERT STRINGS - TWO contrasting pieces
SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA - TWO contrasting pieces, plus ONLY the Dvorak excerpt
PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - TWO contrasting pieces, plus ONLY the Tchaikovsky excerpt

Only prepare the excerpt for ONE of the orchestras.

Do you have more questions? Please contact Joan Weiler, TSYO Coordinator at

We hope you will join us for our 2019-2020 season!

Tuition Information

For the 2018-2019 season, there is a $250 tuition fee for each member of the orchestra. Families with more than one member in the orchestra will pay only $220 for the 2nd member and $200 for any additional members. Please contact Joan Weiler, TSYO Coordinator, at 419-418-0037 or All inquiries about tuition assistance or tuition related issues are held in strict confidence. Tuition assistance requests need to be made prior to the first rehearsal each year.


Toledo Symphony Youth Ensemble

Student Leadership

The Toledo Symphony Youth Ensemble is a high school chamber ensemble made of Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra members. It was founded in Toledo, Ohio in the summer of 2017 by a group of friends as TSYQ (Toledo Symphony Youth Quartet). TSYE is run by students under the mentorship of the Toledo Symphony and parent volunteers. The students make decisions on members, repertoire, coaches, and venues.

Young Ambassadors for the TSO

TSYE is committed to reaching out to the youths and adults in the Toledo area in non-traditional ways. The members aim to explore and excel in various types of music and communicate with diverse audiences. In addition to committing to a high level of musicianship, the students are committed to being ambassadors for the TSO. Find them performing and volunteering in the parks, at the malls, and other unexpected places as well as in the concert halls! 

Volunteer with the TSYE!

TSYE regularly performs and volunteers at various venues in the Toledo area such as nursing homes and TSO pre-concert events. If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please email Loa Cho, cellist, at

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