About EPYO

The Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestras serve, empower, and connect youth of all backgrounds by cultivating musicianship and leadership skills through the performance of orchestral music.

EPYO I is an advanced full orchestra open to outstanding players who demonstrate strong musicianship, have advanced technical ability, and are capable of the discipline necessary to perform in a pre-professional orchestra setting. Musicians in this ensemble study a wide range of challenging masterworks ranging from the standard symphonic repertoire to contemporary works by living composers.

EPYO II is an intermediate-level full orchestra that provides an educationally sound musical experience through exposure to quality literature and performance opportunities. The repertoire performed by this ensemble is selected to improve technique and develop musical maturity.

Learn more about the history of EPYO and our alumni HERE.

Both orchestras allow students the opportunity to take on a new musical challenge, as well as professional experiences including:

-Working with professional conductors in annual workshops
-Working with professional musicians from the Evansville Philharmonic in the form of sectionals and coaching rehearsals
-Opportunities to perform in chamber groups (e.g. string quartet, wind trio, brass quintet)
-Side-by-side with professional orchestra and peers
-Tour opportunities (annual local trips and larger trips every 4 years)
-Instrument rental options, including A-clarinets

Additional Information:
-Students will audition their seat placement at the begging of the year. Spring auditions are available for late members or members interested in advancing their placement.
-There are scholarship and work study opportunities available to offset tuition cost.

Audition Information
Auditions will be held in Wheeler Hall at the University of Evansville Krannert School of Music. To secure your audition time, follow these steps:

1. Complete the form button below labeled Fall Auditions.
2.Register for your audition time using the button below labeled Audition Time. The required time MUST BE COMPLETED to audition. You may not change anyone else's selected time.
3. Select your audition excerpts below. Be sire to select EYPO I or II music. Note: You may be placed in either ensemble despite the excerpt that you choose based on the most appropriate fit for the ensemble.

Fall Auditions

Saturday, July 27th, 2024

Sunday, July 28th, 2024

Spring Auditions

For new and advancing members only

Saturday, January 11th, 2024