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Audition Announcement

Auditions for the 2019-2020 season of the Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will be held at UMass Dartmouth (College of Visual & Performing Arts) on September 11 & 12. We'll be holding auditions for new students wishing to join one of our ensembles, as well as current students looking to move up to the next highest ensemble. Current students wishing to remain in the same ensemble they were in last year do not have to audition at this time. They'll automatically be placed into the same group they were in last year.

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 an audition time, please email youth orchestra coordinator Jamie Wiksten at

The 2019-2020 Season begins Saturday, September 14, 2019, for Poco Strings, Preparatory String Ensemble, and Debut Orchestra and on Monday, September 16, 2019, for Repertory Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra.

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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