Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra

The Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra (NIYO) with two concerts during the year, a tour and a side by side event with the wcfsymphony in April 2018.


John Chiles, conductor


Advanced string, wind, percussion, piano and brass students in grades 9 - 12 (and at least age 14) by audition and who is a member in good standing of their high school orchestra or band, if available.  Students in grade 8 may be considered.


This is an advanced level orchestra.


NOTE:  Second day of auditions has been postponed due to weather.  

Click here for online registration. Auditions will take place on September 7  and January 11 (or 18 by appointment).  Online registration is required prior to the audition date.  Auditions can be done without an appointment but are organized by instrument in the fall, by first come-first served basis in the spring.  For more information, contact Cathy Craig at

Audition schedule-no specific time is set.  Auditions will be held on a first come, first served basis per the following schedule:

        •         SEPTEMBER 7 schedule
        • 4:00 Winds, brass & percussion
        • 5:15 Cello
        • 6:00 Violin & Viola  
        •        SEPTEMBER 14 schedule
        •         5:00 - 6:00 -any instrument
        •         AFTER SEPTEMBER 14 requires written recommendation from individual lesson teacher or orchestra or band director
        •         Late fee will be charged - $20
1) The fall 2018 and spring 2019 audition scale requirements 

(All scales for Violin Viola and Cello are 3 octaves)
Violin:  D major, C major, G melodic minor
Viola: G major, F major, C melodic minor
Cello: G major, F major, C melodic minor
Bass: (2 octave) E major, A major, A melodic minor
Woodwinds: Concert B-flat major, Concert chromatic scale
Brass: Concert B-flat major scale, Concert chromatic scale
2) Solo piece

3) Short Sight-reading

Spring 2019 REP

•5:00 - 7:00 on Fridays and two Sundays in the fall months and 7:00 - 9:00 on Fridays in the winter and spring months in Graham Hall in Russell Hall at UNI except for final dress rehearsals.

•Bring pencils for taking notes

•Cello & Bass students should bring rock stops.  Percussionists should bring their own mallets/sticks.

•If you are sick, do not attend rehearsal. Please email John Chiles at

•Students are allowed 2 unexcused absences.  (2 unexcused late arrivals count as 1 unexcused absence). Excused absences must be approved in advance and include only those events that are a mandatory school event.  You will be asked to submit anticipated absences at auditions.

•For a complete list of rehearsals, go here.

TOUR INFO:  May 1, 2019. Details to be announced.


  • December 9, 2018 at 6:00 in Davis Hall at Gallagher-Bluedorn
  • April 13, 2019 at 7:30 in the Great Hall, Gallagher-Bluedorn with the wcfsymphony
  • May 12, 2019 at 6:00 in Davis Hall at Gallagher-Bluedorn


$340 for the school year payable to UNI Suzuki (due at the first rehearsal or half due then and half due in January). New this year, one time only per year music library fee - $20 per member.  Due in January.  Payments can be mailed to: UNI Suzuki School, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0246 or dropped off in the pay box by room 115.  Please label envelope for UNI Suzuki.  Second semester only membership is available.  Please contact John Chiles at


NIYO Goals and Policies, click here.


NIYO specific emails will be from and can be sent to: or

Rehearsal notes and announcements may be posted here.


for concerts:


OPTION #1: colorful shirt, black pants or skirt (skirt must be below the knee or longer), black hose (black socks if you are wearing pants), black dress shoes; NO sequins/glitter/shiny decorations, NO revealing or low-cut necklines.

OPTION #2: All black (required for the wcfsymphony side by side)


OPTION #1: colorful solid color dress shirt, black suit jacket is optional, black dress pants, black socks, black dress shoes. You may wear a black tie if you wish, but it is not required.

OPTION #2: All black

All: Please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne to the concert. Some people are sensitive to these items or allergic, and we don't want any emergencies!

If you do not own the proper concert attire and are unable to obtain it before the concert, please contact the director.

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