Youth Orchestras Auditions for 2019-2020 Season

Jun 6, 2019

The Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (SEMAYO) will be holding auditions for new and returning students on June 19 & 20 at UMass Dartmouth’s College of Visual & Performing Arts recital hall room 153 (use parking lot 9). New students and current students wishing to move up to the next level should prepare an audition piece and the required scales for the ensemble they are interested in. Students who are already members of SEMAYO and wish to remain in their current ensembles do not have to audition.

The audition requirements for each ensemble can be found at To set up an audition time, please email youth orchestra coordinator Jamie Wiksten at

Formerly the NBSYO, the SEMAYO bring together young musicians from across southeastern Massachusetts to participate in an educational and artistic experience in a full orchestra setting.

The SEMAYO is made up of five ensembles and a chamber program. Membership is open to all students through age 21, and students are placed into the appropriate level ensemble by audition. All SEMAYO musicians must be members in good standing in their school instrumental music programs. The season runs from September to May, with four scheduled concerts, including a side-by-side performance with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra at their December Holiday Pops concerts at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.