The following content includes audition requirements, expectations and general information regarding The Woodlands Area Youth Symphony. It is considered version 1.1 so students and parents should check this page frequently for revisions.

The W.A.Y.S inaugural concert was a success because of the efforts, talent, dedication and desire that The Woodlands area has for their very own FULL Youth Orchestra. We are now infused into the Woodlands along with the surrounding communities by performing the most well received, publicized and supported concerts of the past two “come-back” seasons of the Woodlands Symphony: Firebird and Final Fantasy! The Woodlands Area Youth Symphony has at their disposal the combined backing of sixty professional musicians, educators and volunteers that will CONTINUE to be the propulsion for the students of W.A.Y.S. Multiple orchestra teachers along with the WSO Artistic Director will be instrumental in launching the first year-long season.

This handbook contains VITAL information not just for the students that performed last season, but also for those waiting to join in weekly rehearsals and schedule concerts. Please continue in reading this basic material that will assist in understanding reenrollment, new auditions, and upcoming rehearsals/concerts.

1. Students that performed on May 1st are exempt from this audition and application fee. Please note that auditions to perform Midsummer’s Night Dream and potentially the entire season with the adult WSO require a separate audition. That information is located on the Auditions tab of this website.
2. Students that auditioned but did not perform on May 1st must re-audition but have an application fee for 2016-17.
3. New students wishing to join W.A.Y.S. must fill out the online application at www.woodlandssymphony.org, perform the audition requirements and pay a $15.00 application fee to be considered.
4. Audition requirements listed below along with the completed application and fee (if needed) stated above must be received by midnight of June 30, 2016. The second audition will be July 31 and the last will be August 31. Students will be selected by quality and by receipt of ALL materials.
5. A letter of approval from your orchestra/band teacher for the 2016-17 school year must be on file on our before the first rehearsal should you be accepted.

Audition Requirements – Video recording, no editing emailed to darrylbayer@gmail.com

Violin: 3 octave G major with arpeggios
Viola: 3 octave C major with arpeggios
Cello: 3 octave F major with arpeggios
Bass: 3 octave E major with arpeggios
(play scales quarter note=60 in eighth note triplet slurs);
Brass: 2 octave Bb and Ab Major concert using the region band required scale rhythm (quarter notes on the tonic, followed by eighth notes) with arpeggios (in eighth note triplets ). Metronome marking 90-100 (moderato) Full range chromatic stately all notes clearly in a comfortable tempo.
Winds: 2 octave A and Ab Major concert using the region band required scale rhythm (quarter notes on the tonic, followed by eighth notes) with arpeggios (in eighth note triplets). Metronome marking 90-100 (moderato) Full range chromatic stately all notes clearly in a comfortable tempo.
Percussion: concert snare drum roll over three measures of 4/4 time quarter note = 60 starting piano, cres. to forte then decres. back to piano. C Major Scale 2 octaves and arpeggios on mallet instrument of choice in 16th note rhythm. Metronome marking 120 (allegro)
Harp: C major scale, hands together, at a comfortable tempo

All strings, winds and percussion: A solo piece where you can perform 16 measures of technical playing and ANOTHER 16 measure passage that is expressive playing OR TWO SOLO PIECES: 16 measure sections from EACH– one technical and the other expressive. Candidates should bear in mind that WAYS performs standard – difficult orchestral repertoire and your selection of solo material should reflect your readiness to perform at this level.


  • Except for home school students or students that attend schools without an orchestra, all WAYS members must be part of their school band and orchestra program. A letter of approval from your orchestra/band teacher for the 2016-17 school year must be on file on-or-before the first rehearsal.
    Rehearsals are every Monday evening from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Location TBA.
  • There will be two concerts, a December holiday program and a spring program. Dates for these concerts have not been set at this time. Outreach concerts and opportunities for small groups will be presented to families throughout the year.
  •  Tuition for WAYS is $250 per semester – however, a 10% discount (less $50 ) is given to everyone choosing to pay for the full year ($450) by the first rehearsal. Tuition costs pay for rehearsal space, concert venues, music, office supplies conductor and clinician fees. Students accepted for W.A.Y.S. that have financial needs will submit a request for review along with tax documentation to be considered for scholarship.
  • The first formation of WAYS will have a blending of students from Junior High and High Schools from multiple school districts. Students are expected to be with a private lesson teacher or in their school program for two to three years before auditioning. Future seasons will include a Junior Orchestra and Senior Orchestra that will be separated by ability.
  • Students will audition for “chairs” at the first rehearsal on Monday, September 12th. Audition material will be sent to all players in advance and will be chosen from the concert literature. A second audition will be given in January to allow for rotation in the section.
  • Attendance is expected at all rehearsals and of course the major concerts. Missed rehearsal must be accompanied by a note from the parents the following week.
  • Darryl Bayer is the Principal Conductor of W.A.Y.S. and will be assisted by specialists that lead sectionals during the semester.
  • Concert attire will be black button down shirt and black dress pants for young men. Women may chose similar attire such as a black blouse and loose fitting pants or choice the traditional long black concert dress.
  • Literature for the first season will be demanding but achievable with practice and dedication. Advanced players will have extra outreach opportunities along with performing with the full WSO from time-to-time.

Please address all correspondence to:
Darryl R. Bayer, Artist Director
The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra
Woodlands Area Youth Symphony
Post Office Box 8004
The Woodlands, TX 77387

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