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Youth Orchestra


2023-2024 Season

Jackson Symphony  Music Academy Youth Orchestra Auditions 

We are excited that you want to audition for the JSMA Youth Orchestra! This year we did auditions in person on May 13, 2023 at Union University. We are now accepting virtual auditions for positions we haven't filled. Please read the requirements for auditioning closely, and email with any questions you might have! 



  • Please fill out the registration form linked at the top of this page 

  • Practice the linked excerpts for your instrument and please note the following requirements. 

  • To submit a virtual audition,

    • Record yourself perform the requested scales, excerpt and solo. They can be separate videos if needed in order to email the videos.

    • Send video(s) to with your name and instrument and virtual audition in the subject line For example: (John Smith-violin virtual audition)

    • Please allow time to hear back from your audition. 


Brass, Woodwinds, Harp and String requirements: 

  • Perform concert A and Bb scales on your instrument.

  • Have a two-minute solo or etude prepared that you feel demonstrates your current ability and level of playing. 

  • Perform the entire excerpt for your instrument. Excerpts found at top of page.


Percussion requirements: 

  • Perform a two-minute solo on the marimba or snare. 

  • You will be required to perform the excerpt on timpani. Excerpt found at top of page.



Our Conductor

Dr. Doug Owens is a Professor of Music at UT Martin, where he teaches applied oboe, bassoon, and saxophone, and an adjunct professor of music at Union University, where he teaches double reeds. He is an active orchestral and chamber musician, performing in the LCD Woodwind Trio alongside fellow UTM faculty members Elizabeth Aleksander and Charles Lewis.

Our Conductor
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About the JSMA Youth Orchestra

The Jackson Symphony Music Academy Youth Orchestra is an exciting opportunity for students of Madison County and surrounding areas.  The JSMA Youth Orchestra challenges students to develop their musical skills to their fullest potential while playing exciting literature.
In the 2023-34 season, the orchestra will present not only two of their own concerts during the season but will also be playing on one side-by-side performance with The Jackson Symphony at its December Holiday Pops concert. This special integration of youth and professional musicians gives a priceless opportunity for students to see what it would be like to play with a professional-level group. JSMA musicians will also benefit from interaction and leadership from The Jackson Symphony conductor and artistic director, Peter Shannon. Not only will he direct the side-by-side concerts, but he will occasionally appear as a guest conductor at the youth orchestra rehearsals to both inspire and motivate our next generation of musicians. The JSMA Youth Orchestra will also provide chances to play in smaller ensembles around Jackson, bringing music to those who need cheering up. 
The Jackson Symphony Music Academy is excited to host an annual concerto competition. The competition will be held in the spring for members of the JSMA Youth Orchestra who would like the chance to perform a movement of a concerto with the rest of the youth orchestra. This will be a public competition where soloists will play before an audience and judging panel. The winner will perform  alongside the full youth orchestra as well as win a $500 cash prize. 

We are proud to offer three scholarships to graduating seniors from the JSMA Youth Orchestra this season. These scholarships will be awarded based on predetermined criteria and chosen by a panel of Symphony staff, board members, and sponsors. 
Entry into the JSMA Youth Orchestra is by audition only. Serious young musicians who play any string instrument, standard orchestral brass and woodwinds, or percussion are invited to audition. Rehearsals are held at Union University on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm. Tuition is $300 for the 2023-24 season. 

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