The metropolitan Detroit area is fortunate to have several youth ensembles and training programs for young musicians. These orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles are geared towards giving young musicians the opportunity to learn under terrific mentors, and to perform at a very high level with students from across the region. These ensembles usually rehearse once per week during the fall through spring, and provide a fantastic opportunity to perform at a high level.
Students must apply and audition for these ensembles and training programs. Typically, most of these organizations conduct auditions in April or May for the upcoming concert season. Some organizations also offer auditions in September to fill any extra openings they may have.
Below is a list of several of the youth ensembles in the greater Detroit area, including their typical audition schedule. Please note that many ensembles have extra auditions in the fall at the start of the season – check each youth ensemble’s individual website to see if they have openings!
Audition requirements vary with the different ensembles and programs. Visit the website for each ensemble for the application deadlines, specific audition dates, and audition requirements.