Welcome to Lyceum Orchestras! With six audition-only ensembles, we are able to place most students in an orchestra that meets the student at the threshold of their learning. We encourage all students to participate in their school ensembles and ask that all participants practice at home and work with a private teacher. Lyceum ensembles are divided by ability, not age, although we do require that students be going into 8th-12th grade to audition for Concert Orchestra and 9th-12th grade for Philharmonic.

One Convenient Audition

We understand that auditions can be a real challenge and even a deterrent for some students to continue with their music. To help every student have the opportunity to show us their best work, students may record their orchestra audition in the comfort of their own home at their convenience with as many tries as it takes to sound their best! The audition places most students in one of our six after-school ensembles as well as access to the world-class Lyceum Music Festival summer camp June 8-13 with faculty from the Utah Symphony and special guests from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. We recommend students submit their best possible audition at their earliest convenience.

2020-2021 Audition Submission Deadlines

  • April 15 – Priority placement for returning students (adjusted from April 1)
  • May 15 – Open audition deadline for new students (adjusted from May 1)
  • Sept 1 – Supplemental auditions accepted as capacity allows

Audition Requirements and Instructions

Parents, PLEASE record your children’s performances. With our convenient recorded auditions, your cell phone recording of a recent recital or solo performance may be all the audition you need! We ask for roughly five minutes of solo playing for Concert or Philharmonic and 2-4 minutes for other ensembles. The solo should demonstrate the strengths of the player, memorization is preferred, accompaniment is optional. Also submit the student playing a scale of their choosing. These can be in separate videos. The scale should highlight student’s mastery of range and tone. Play the maximum number of octaves possible with good tone. Percussionists must show proficiency on timpani and mallet instruments.

The preferred method is to upload your cell phone video to YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox or other file sharing format accessible via a link.  Copy those links into the appropriate filed on our admission form. You should receive a confirmation email and expect to hear from us soon regarding placement. Please verify that the link is accessible for others to view (not private). Questions? Contact us at Lyceum@ahsmail.com.

Returning Students

Students currently enrolled in the program who wish to return to the same ensemble have until April 15th to save their seat for next season. Students wishing to matriculate to the next ensemble must submit an audition by April 15th to receive priority seating and will be notified by May 1st regarding next year’s placement.  Returning Lyceum students who have not enrolled by May 7th may forfeit their seat to new auditioners. Seating is limited in all of our ensembles.

New Students

New students or students returning after a year or more away, should send in a recorded audition before May 7th. Students will be notified no later than May 15th regarding placement for LMF and next season. Enrollment for LMF and all ensembles is due June 1st. Supplemental auditions are due Sept. 1st and will have limited availability as some ensembles will already be at capacity. Some ensembles fill entirely in the Spring and others are able to accommodate additional students in the Fall or beyond. If the initial recorded audition does not yield the desired result, students may submit additional auditions for the desired ensemble. Once a student enrolls in an ensemble their placement is considered final for that season.


Following the audition, most applicants receive an email admitting them to one of our six ensembles and the corresponding summer music festival placement. Questions about what level is right for you can be answered by the detailed ensemble descriptions on our About Us page. We try to avoid dividing ensembles by Suzuki book or ASTA levels and instead look to universal measures like vibrato, shifting, and the ability to play in difficult key signatures. When choosing an audition solo take these factors into account. For example a string player applying to Prelude needs to be able to play extensions but shifting is optional; Crescendo — limited shifting and some vibrato; Chamber – first through fifth positions and fluent vibrato, Symphonic – shifting into upper positions and difficult key signatures; Concert – full range of the instrument, Philharmonic – mastery and fluency across full range of the instrument. Try to choose a solo and scale that fully demonstrates your ability to play across the full range of the instrument.


We want the audition process to be fair, convenient and well-communicated. If you have any questions regarding any of the Lyceum programs at American Heritage School, please do not hesitate to contact our Orchestra Program Coordinator Denise Gorrell at Lyceum@ahsmail.com.