Audition 2021

Audition applications for the 2021/22 season are now closed.

  1. Auditions For Teens 2021
  2. Netflix Auditions 2021
Audition 2021

Audition video uploads are due May 1, 2021 at 11:59pm CST.

Review the Audition Video Guidelines for a successful video audition experience

HYS features five different orchestras at varying skill and experience levels. Click on the links below for detailed descriptions of each ensemble.

All initial auditions for the Class of 2024 (fall 2021 start) will take place remotely via Zoom this January and February. If health and safety protocols shift, there may be in-person callbacks. Should you be selected to advance to the Judge Auditions of the show, a producer will reach out in the Spring of 2021. We will only be contacting those who will be moving on in the competition. Be sure to tune in JUNE 1 to kick of the summer with us! Audition info for next year will be announced soon, so check this page often for the latest news! To audition for the HYS 2021-2022 season please complete these steps: Complete Audition Application online via Acceptd and submit $50 audition fee. In cases of extreme financial hardship, the audition fee may be waived.

To audition for the HYS 2021-2022 season please complete these steps:

  1. Complete Audition Application online via Acceptd and submit $50 audition fee. In cases of extreme financial hardship, the audition fee may be waived.
  2. Instructions on how to upload your audition video will be included in your confirmation email after you submit your application.
  3. Review and prepare all audition repertoire requirements. This includes scales, solo piece(s) and orchestral excerpt. Specific repertoire for each instrument can be found in the Audition Requirements by Instrument section below. It is recommended that you review the repertoire requirements with your private teacher.
  4. Submit Video Audition via Acceptd.
  5. Results will be available in late-June. Results will not be given over the phone.

Download and prepare the audition requirements for your instrument.

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  • How do I audition for HYS?
    Complete the application form on Acceptd. Upon completion of an application, you will receive further instructions about how to upload your audition video.
  • What if I’m a current member? Do I have to audition?
    All current members are required to re-audition each year. You must submit the application form and audition fee each year. Please note that current orchestra assignment level is not guaranteed. Do not take the audition for granted.
  • How do I know which orchestra I should audition for?
    Refer to the orchestra descriptions and required skills pages and consult with your private lesson teacher to determine the orchestra that best suits your skill level.
  • What if I don’t make it into the orchestra I audition for, will I be considered for the next level orchestra down?
    Musicians are ranked by their audition score and orchestra recommendation. If they do not place in the orchestra they auditioned for, they may be offered a position in one orchestra lower. For example, if you audition for Sinfonia, you could be offered a position in String Orchestra but not Debut String Orchestra. It is best to audition for the orchestra that best matches your ability – do not over-reach.
  • How do I make my audition video?
    Please refer to the Audition Video Submission Guidelines for instructions on how to make a successful audition video. (Click here for Percussion Audition Video Submission Guidelines.)
  • What should I wear in my audition video?
    Please dress appropriately. Remember that how you present yourself is the first impression you give to the judge. Shorts, flip flops, etc. are not appropriate attire.
  • Do I need to memorize my music?
    Memorization is not required unless specified in the audition requirements.
  • Do I need an accompanist for the audition?
    No. Piano accompaniment is not permitted.
  • How much do scales or sight reading count on my audition score?
    Auditions are made up of several components, and each one is an important part of your audition. In general, the different audition components are weighted as follows:
    • Scales – 25%
    • Prepared Excerpt – 30%
    • Prepared Repertoire (your selection/s) – 45% (Percussion and harp scoring differs slightly. For details, contact HYS.)
  • What are the judges looking for in an audition?
    Audition adjudicators are assessing/scoring on such factors as rhythm, intonation, musicality, tone and technique.
  • Why can’t I use my All-State or Region etude as one of my audition pieces?
    With so many different levels of students applying for HYS orchestras, our goal is for students to prepare music specifically for the audition. Since all high schools use a state mandated etude released each year in May, HYS includes this restriction to reinforce our intention that we do not want students to recycle an etude that they may have worked on for over 6 months. This concept applies to middle school students and the etudes that are used in your region. As far as other etudes are concerned, the musician and teacher have to make the best decision on what audition music best suits each student for the orchestra level they are auditioning.
  • When do I find out my audition results?
    Audition results are available by late-June. Audition results will not be given over the phone.

Auditions For Teens 2021

Please continue to check back periodically for more information on Christmas Spectacular auditions for the 2021 production.


If cast in the show, performers will be offered an American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) contract with competitive salary and benefits including 401(k) plan and year-round health insurance.

All performers must be 18 years of age by September 15th of the current year to be considered for casting. If you will be 18 years of age by September 15th but will be under 18 at the time of the audition, you will need to have your parent or guardian sign the standard audition release form, which will be given out at the audition. If your parent or guardian will not be accompanying you at the audition, you will need to download this release form, have it signed by your parent or guardian, notarized by a notary public and bring it with you to the audition.

You must be legally authorized to work in the US and accept employment if it is offered by the Company. If you are hired, you must provide evidence of such authorization in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. All offers of employment are pending successful completion of a background check.

Contract dates range from late September/early October to early January depending on which role you are cast in.

No travel or housing is provided for the performers of the show in New York.

Netflix Auditions 2021

It is recommended that you arrive no later than the start time for the audition. Radio City reserves the right to cut the line at any time.

Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one.

For most female roles, character heels are the preferred shoe for dancing. Please no bare feet or sock feet in the audition room.

Once you enter the building to register, you may not be allowed to leave again before the end of the audition, so please prepare accordingly. Please be aware there are no vending machines in the building.

Only auditionees are allowed into Radio City. No guests are permitted to accompany you. Guardians are not allowed to observe auditions.

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Unless specifically indicated, we do not accept video submissions. You must audition in person.


Rockettes must be between 5’6″ and 5’10 ½” tall (measurements will be taken in stocking feet). Rockettes candidates must be proficient in ballet, tap, and jazz. To learn more about the history of the Rockettes, click here.

Male and Female Dancers must be proficient in jazz and ballet. Pointe work is a plus, but not required, for Female Dancers. Male and Female Dancers will be taught a song as part of the audition. There is no need to prepare vocal material. Voice quality is not as important as the ability to sing and dance at the same time.

Male and Female Vocalists must have STRONG music reading skills, be able to learn tight complicated harmonies quickly, be able to sing in a variety of different styles (pop, musical theatre, a cappella groups), and be able to move well. Bring sheet music for 16 bars of a song in your own key that best exemplifies your natural style. You MAY be asked to sing a second song, so please have your book with you. No recorded music is allowed. You may be asked to stay for a

Little People Performers must be adults under 4’10” tall, agile, move well to music and be able to project their voice and personality.

Principal roles are not cast by open audition. Submissions are accepted only through talent agents in response to published breakdowns.