The Fairfax Symphony expands its commitment to arts education by bringing together outstanding young musicians to form the Fairfax County All-Stars Youth Orchestra (ASYO), an orchestral training program attracting talented students throughout Fairfax County.

The ASYO program offers an opportunity for students to receive mentoring and coaching sessions from Fairfax Symphony musicians and perform in a April 27, 2019 side-by-side concert
at the GMU Center for the Arts.

ASYO is free for all participants, including all rehearsals, coaching, and performance activities.

2018 All-Stars Youth Orchestra students with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova.

2018 All-Stars Youth Orchestra students with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova.


  • Selected excerpts from Holst’s The Planets and Smetna’s The Moldau

  • A solo piece of your choice without accompaniment (no more than 3 mins)

  • Submit your audition video through YouTube

    • Please include your name, instrument, your school, and the title of your solo work

    • If you do not have access to the equipment needed to create a video, please
      ask your music teacher for help or contact us at, and we will
      work with you to create an audition video.

    • When uploading your video, please mark as unlisted in the privacy settings and include the YouTube link in your online application.

  • All applications must be submitted by March 3, 2019 at 11:59pm


  • Coaching sessions and sectionals to be announced

  • Rehearsals with the FSO on April 22, 24, and 26 from 7:40pm-10:10pm at GMU

  • Dress rehearsal on Saturday, April 27 from 10am-12:30pm at GMU

  • Concert on Saturday, April 27 at 8pm at GMU

Auditions will be accepted for all standard orchestral instrumentation, including harp and percussion.

All students, in grades 7-12, who are residents of Fairfax County or attend a Fairfax County school are eligible to apply. Students selected to participate in the program must attend all sectionals and rehearsals leading up to the concert. 

If you have any further questions or need assistance with the application, email Ilycia Silver,
FSO Education Coordinator, at