"Symphonic Metamorphosis"


Guitar Heroes, Opera Heroes and now Orchestra Heroes!


Do you have what it takes to be an "orchestra hero"?


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The WSO Brass, Woodwinds and Strings will add elegance and excitement to your event!

Woodlands Symphony & Youth Orchestra

Are you a virtuosic music prodigy?

UNDERSTANDING THE TALENT SEARCH: The Woodlands Area Youth Symphony accepts only the best young musicians in the region for membership in order to maintain the highest level of musicianship. Along with regularly scheduled concerts, students are invited to play one concert per semester with The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra and sit side-by-side with professional musicians. There are additional opportunities to participate in master classes and auditions for solos throughout the season. Students accepted into the program through the Talent Search will pay $200 per semester to offset expenses associated with running the program.

WHO may participate? Music students that have studied classical music in school and in private lessons for three years or more enrolled in junior high, high school or college band and/or orchestra. Home schoolers without a music program will receive an exception.

WHAT do I need to play? Students will submit three audition videos. The first will have a lyrical or slow solo/etude no longer than 90 seconds that demonstrates expressive playing. The second video is a technical fast selection (solo/etude) no longer than 60 seconds that demonstrates virtuosic playing. The third video will contain the required scales as outlined in the WAYS Handbook. (click here to Jump to Handbook)

REQUIREMENTS for consideration: A $25 entry fee must be paid before the auditions will be evaluated. A completed musician data form. (link to entry fee and data form) Those two components plus the three video recordings must be completed by Saturday January 16th at midnight. Videos are emailed to

WHEN will I know if I was accepted? You will be contacted on Sunday evening January 17 to find out your final status. Rehearsals for 2021 concerts will begin Thursday evening, January 21st at 6pm.

Darryl Bayer, Artistic Director, will personally respond to you when you fill out the request to audition forms and assist with any further questions regarding participation in the WSO/W.A.Y.S auditions and the 2020-2021 seasons.

Help us reinvent the orchestra in Season VII - Symphonic Metamorphosis! The Woodlands Symphony 2020-21 Campaign

Help the WSO raise $40,000 to "reinvent the orchestra" in Season Seven and start off the year with your donations, underwriting and sponsorships.

Our goal is to present four concerts total in our seventh year we are calling SYMPHONIC METAMORPHOSIS as we have fulfilled six years and march into the next brave new future. Did you know the WSO has a training team of young musicians called The Woodlands Area Youth Symphony? Your donations last season helped the WSO give away 1000 FREE tickets to THE BIG CHRISTMAS CONCERT. From that came national news and a feature story on ABC Channel 13 Houston News. Members of the Woodlands Symphony donate their time for projects such as performing at Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands, master classes for area students and for The American Red Cross InterAmerican Conference held at The Woodlands Country Club.

You can trust the WSO that your donation dollars will help make our community and perhaps the world a better place to live. Make your tax deductible contribution now and we will bring the music to LIFE this season!

Donate online: Click on the "Gift Giving" tab
By mail: PO Box 8004, The Woodlands TX 77387
Phone in 24/7 to (832) 257-3048

The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation is 100% tax deductible as allowed by law.

"Choose to Win" Texas All State Strategies

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High School Orchestra and Band Students: - The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra and Glade Arts Foundation are hosting the first ever "Choose to Win" Master Classes for area high school students. Learn how to practice, prepare and WIN competitions, auditions, even your music tests! Master Classes will be held in the beautiful gallery of Glade Arts Foundation, 2000 Woodlands Parkway. On Saturday, September 8th strings and woodwinds will be taught by Woodlands Symphony principals and guest clinicians. We invite brass players and all saxophones to join us on Saturday, September 15th again with our principal players and clinicians as the master teachers.

The tuition for your 3.5 hour course including a judged mock audition is only $55. (That's less than the price of a one hour private lesson) and if you sign up by September 1, there is a 10% discount. Visit and LIKE our Facebook for free practice tips, updates and meet the teachers. (...insert link here...) or navigate directly to the sign up page on The Glade Arts Foundation website. While you are there, grab a seat for the Woodlands Symphony first year of monthly Chamber Concerts by the WSO. (...insert link here...)

The Woodlands Symphony is dedicated to honoring musicians in the area that are professional musicians, educators and members of the community with a passion for creative classical music. The Woodlands Area Youth Symphony gives young musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform concerts at Lone Star College AND sit "side-by-side" with members of The Woodlands Symphony. Look for not only for our chamber concerts, but our full symphony concerts including THE SUPER SIZED CHRISTMAS CONCERT and OPERA HEROES CONCERT celebrating area singers and some of the most dramatic orchestra overtures every composed.

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