The Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra (TYO) is a full orchestra made up of students with advanced abilities under a School of Music faculty conductor assisted by a School of Music graduate student in conducting. TYO members are primarily area high school students, with some advanced middle school students, UA students (degree and non-degree), and a few adult community members.

Photo: TYO rehearsing on stage in the Moody Music Building under the direction of Dr. Amir Zaheri, November 26, 2017

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Auditions for 2018-2019 will be held on Monday, August 20 – sign in starting at 5:00 p.m.  Students will be heard in the order they sign-up in room 204 (IRR). If schedule conflict is known in advance, other audition arrangements may be possible. Email: Audition excerpts can be found at the bottom of the page.

UA Students (non-majors) who want to audition for TYO and are not on campus until after 8/20 may do so by emailing Dr. Weigel for an appointment. Our target date for auditions for UA student musicians is 8/28 at 5:00 p.m.


Enrollment in the TYO occurs in one of two ways: 1) via non-credit enrollment (payment to the CMS office) or 2) via for-credit enrollment (MUA169, Sections 325) OR thru Early College, with payment to UA Student Receivables). Enrolling via UA Early College credit is available for high school students (string only).

Below are the enrollment dates and fees for non-credit enrollment. Please contact Dr. Jane Weigel about for-credit enrollment pricing.

If enrolling non-credit (ie paying to the CMS office) the cost is:

Strings: $125/semester (14 rehearsals/concert)
FALL, 2018: August 27 – November 26 (no rehearsal on Labor Day); the dress rehearsal and concert will be on Monday, November 26 (dress rehearsal 5:30 – 6:20 pm; concert follows) CMS will provide pizza between the dress rehearsal and concert.

Wind/Brass/Percussion: $75/semester (9 rehearsals/concert)
SPRING, 2019: TBA; The dress rehearsal and concert will be TBA (dress rehearsal 5:30 – 6:20 pm; concert at 7:00 pm – pizza provided between)

Concerto Competition:  An audition will be held the first Monday in February to select one member of the TYO and one pianist from CMS to play a solo work/movement with the orchestra on the spring concert. Orchestral parts must be available on IMSLP or in the UA library AND must be pre-approved by the ensemble conductor.  Interested students should contact Dr. Jane Weigel at


Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra concerts occur in the Concert Hall of Moody Music Building (810  2nd Ave., UA Campus). Admittance is free and children are welcome! These concerts are live-streamed to allow friends and family outside West Alabama access to the performance. Just go to:


Winds, brass, and percussion attend  9 rehearsals/concert each semester. With so few rehearsals, attendance is critical. Please see the rehearsal and concert schedule listed on the syllabus before auditioning. Students returning from Fall semester do not need to re-audition. Audition times are available for open chairs for Spring, 2018.


  1.  Prepare 2 scales and 2 arpeggios (at least two octaves if possible) from the following keys: A Major, Bb Major, C Major, D Major, Eb Major, E Major, F Major. (Bass players must play E Major and G Major 2 octaves)
  2.  2 minutes of a solo piece of your choice
  3.  TYO excerpt(s) for your instrument (printable pdf below)
  4.  Sightreading

Syllabus for 2018-2019:  Coming soon

Excerpts below are for 2018-2019 audition. Click on your instrument to view/print.