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Audition Announcement

The Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (SEMAYO) will be holding auditions for new and returning students on June 19 & 20. The auditions will be held in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth. Due to the ongoing construction, students and parents coming to the auditions should park in lot 9. The auditions will be held in room 153, the recital hall. Upon checking in, students should report to room 156 (a classroom down the hall from 153 on the right) to warm-up.

Students who are already members of SEMAYO and wish to remain in their current ensembles do not have to audition. They will be placed into the same ensemble in the fall. 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're interested in. The audition requirements for each ensemble can be found by following the link below.

To set up and audition time, please email youth orchestra coordinator Jamie Wiksten at

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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