Austin Classical Guitar Youth Orchestra

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We’re now scheduling auditions for Spring 2018! To sign up, please complete the form below.

Audition requirements:

– Performance of 1-2 pieces. There is no time requirement, but auditionees will be stopped at roughly 5 minutes. Pieces can be from any time period, but should be at or above the level of common intermediate studies by Carcassi, Sor or Brouwer.

– A two-octave A major scale with i and m alternation.

– An excerpt which will be sent to all auditionees in advance. The performance of the excerpt must include all fingerings and dynamics at the set tempo.

– A short sight reading excerpt in first position with simple rhythms provided by the audition panel. Students will have one full minute to look over the excerpt and perform the rhythm, melodic, and dynamic material to the best of their ability.


About the ensemble

Directed by celebrated composer, guitarist and educator Joseph V. Williams II, ACGYO is open, by audition, to any Texas classical guitarist under 19 years of age. Participants should have firm command of scale, slur and arpeggio techniques and be fluent readers in at least first-position.

A tuition fee of $150 is required of all ensemble members each semester they participate. Tuition includes all rehearsals, all music, and complimentary admission for up to three guests at events in which the ensemble is featured. Partial payment plans and limited scholarships are available – please inquire.

Students will be expected to fully prepare, with the assistance of their private teachers, all assigned pieces in advance of rehearsals. In other words: they should arrive at their first rehearsal already able to play from the beginning to the end of all assigned pieces at a reasonable tempo.

Students should bring their music (hole-punched and placed in a black 3-ring binder), a pencil, a folding music stand, and their guitar to each rehearsal. Performance attire will be concert black: black long-sleeved shirts or blouses, black pants or long skirts, with black shoes and socks.


ACGYO is generously sponsored by

Dr. Michael Froehls


ACG Youth Orchestra - Spring 2018 Audition Signup

Please complete the following audition request form. Auditions will be scheduled on Saturday & Sunday, January 13-14, at ACG's office (5900 Balcones Dr., Suite 240, 78731). If you have a time or day preference for the audition, please use the comments field in the form below to let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Auditions will be held on Saturday & Sunday, January 13-14. Please indicate any preferences or concerns you have for scheduling your audition. We will do our best to accommodate your requests!