Coronavirus Important Updates

We are resuming the Youth Honors Ensembles for the 2021-2022 season!  See below for details!

About the Orchestra

The Seton Hill University Youth Honors Orchestra is a brand new enriching opportunity for student string players in grades 6, 7, and 8.  After the initial audition, selected orchestra students meet for three rehearsals, the last culminating with lunch and a concert at Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center.  Dr. Jessica Vaughan-Marra, Coordinator of Music Education at Seton Hill University directs the orchestra and students will have the opportunity to work with Seton Hill string faculty and students.

Photo of Dr. Jessica Vaughan-Marra

Auditions are held in early November and rehearsals are December and January. The concert is part of the day of the last rehearsal and is free and open to the public.  There is a fee of $10 to audition and a fee of $65 to participate if selected for the orchestra. Information on fees, schedules, and policies can be found on the audition application. 

Audition Instructions

Send in the Audition Application along with the fee by the deadline. After the deadline, you will be notified by email of your scheduled audition time.  These times will start at 10 am on the audition day and run in 6 minute intervals until all musicians have auditions.

Click below to download the appropriate documents

Youth Honors Orchestra Online Audition Application

Youth Honors Orchestra Audition Application (PDF)

Audition requirements

List of Audition Excerpt with Titles and Measure Numbers

Violin Excerpt 01

Violin Excerpt 02

Viola Excerpt 01

Viola Excerpt 02

Cello Excerpt 01

Cello Excerpt 02

Bass Excerpt 01

Bass Excerpt 02

Click here for the Online Orchestra Audition Registration Form

Click here for the Forms & Documents Page

For more information, please contact the Director of Community Music at 724-552-2923 or