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Audition Announcement

Due to the current circumstances, and the restrictions put into place as the result of Covid-19, all SEMAYO activities this fall will be digital in nature and run remotely. All students participating during the fall semester will do so TUITION FREE. Plans are underway to create a virtual youth orchestra video to be used as part of a virtual performance of the New Bedford Symphony’s Holiday Pops presentation in December.

We are currently in the process of auditioning new students wishing to join our program, as well as for current students wishing to move up to the next ensemble. Interested students and parents can follow this link to the auditions page of our website for information regarding audition requirements for each ensemble:

All students should prepare a solo piece or two excerpts that demonstrate both technical proficiency and expressive playing. A piece used for a previous audition, and known well by the student, is recommended at this time as opposed to learning something new for this audition. Students are asked to prepare an audition video based on the requirements for the ensemble they are interested in.

The video should be under five minutes in length, and include one scale selected from the list of required scales for the desired ensemble, in addition to their solo piece. All audition videos must be submitted by September 25. Please email the completed video to If the file size is too large, you can upload it to your Drive and share the link with the email address above.


Meet the SEMAYO!

Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra program was established in 2008 under the auspices of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

Formerly the NBSYO, the Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (SEMAYO) bring together young musicians from across Southeastern Massachusetts region to participate in an educational and artistic experience in a full orchestra setting. Membership is open to all students through age 21.

The SEMAYO is made up of five ensembles, plus a chamber music program. Students are placed into the appropriate level ensemble by audition. Auditions can be scheduled at any time during the year (see Auditions and Program Info page). 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. Other performance opportunities include chamber music performances at community events throughout the year, as well as performances at SEMAYO functions.

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