Principal Auditions

Preparatory and Youth Orchestra awards principal positions to students who show exemplary preparation and leadership skills. Regardless of seating, a principal position can only be acquired through audition. CVYO Virtuosi is only available to Youth Orchestra students who audition for a principal position.

Auditions are held on the second week of rehearsal of each semester. Click the appropriate link below:

Preparatory Orchestra Sign-ups (available in September)

Youth Orchestra Sign-ups (available in September)

​Candidates will be asked to play an excerpt from anywhere in the repertoire for the current semester. To make the auditions equitable for all musicians, Principal Player auditions will be held on one day only.


​The following principal positions are available in the Preparatory and Youth Orchestras:

Violin 1 – Concertmaster (2) and Associate Concertmaster (2)
Violin 2 – Principal (2) and Associate Principal (2)
Viola - Principal (2) and Associate Principal (2)
Cello - Principal (2) and Associate Principal (2)
Contrabass – Principal (2) and Associate Principal (2)
Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion principal auditions are held mid-way through the Fall Semester.

What makes a good principal player?

Principal positions are awarded to musicians who lead their section by example from the very first rehearsal with extraordinary preparedness, communication, inspiration, and maturity.

A good Principal player will:

  • Always be at rehearsals (and on time), or jeopardize their position

  • Be prepared with their material and stylistic research

  • Confidently demonstrate entrances, dynamics, and style

  • Be willing and able to demonstrate a passage for the orchestra

  • Play solos required in their part

  • Be aware of their entire section, answer questions, and communicate with other principals

  • Be ready to put in extra work and time to coordinate articulations and dynamics


Principal positions are a unique opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills. They are looked upon with high regard by universities and future employers.

Are you up for the challenge?

Please direct any questions to 

Good Luck!​

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Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras

PO Box 4502

Thousand Oaks, CA 91359



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