Placement Audition scheduling online – Next opening is Monday, August 26, 2019 (audition fee $45)

Scheduling will be open soon – please check back.

The bulk of auditions are held in May of each academic year for placement in the fall (May 26, 27, 28, 2020). New and all current members seeking to participate in the 2019-2020 season must audition for placement.

Musicians are asked to perform a solo or etude of their choice, sight-read, and take a music theory test. Those in 9th grade and above must also prepare the audition excerpt.

Plan 15 minutes for the placement audition and 20 minutes for the theory test. Students in elementary study page 1 of the test, middle school pages 1 and 2, and high school and college prepare for the entire test.

  • Placement audition fee: $35.00 non-refundable (any audition occurring after May 2019 have a $45.00 non-refundable fee)
  • Tuition fee: Debut $450, Academy $475, Conservatory $550 and is due on or before the last Sunday of August. Tuition can be paid by cash, check or credit card.
  • Financial support: Payment plans can be worked out by contacting SOGO at and limited financial scholarships are available for 50% of tuition.
  • Goldberg Merit Scholarship: The Goldberg Family Charitable Foundation has generously provided a Merit Scholarship to encourage young musicians for their hard work and commitment to the study of music through SOGO. This is a 50% scholarship. Learn more.

For further information on tuition, scholarships, student expectations, concert dress, music, and other related information can be found in the Musician’s Handbook. If you have any other questions about auditions, please contact SOGO.



There are opportunities to do a placement audition throughout the season. For more information click here.


The Conservatory Orchestra is offered for students of advanced high school ability and focuses on the artistic performance of the standard orchestral repertoire.  Conservatory brass members also participate in the SOGO Brass Choir.

  • Cameron May, Music Director & Conductor

  • Rehearses Sundays 5:15 PM – 7:15 PM

  • Tuition: $550


The Academy Orchestra is offered for students of advanced middle school/intermediate high school ability and performs standard repertoire as well as some arrangements of the standard repertoire.

  • Greg Allison, Artistic Director & Conductor

  • Rehearses Sundays 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Tuition: $475


The Debut Orchestra is offered for students of advanced elementary/middle school ability level and perform arrangements of the standard repertoire. Academy and Debut students are instructed in music history, theory, and ear training.

  • Travis Sipher, String Conductor
    Jennifer Marin, Wind Conductor
  • Rehearses Sundays 3:00 PM – 4:45 PM
  • Tuition: $450

Percussion Class

Student participants in the Percussion Class will learn pedagogy, ensemble and orchestral preparation. Members will perform with the Academy and Debut Orchestras for three concerts at the Washington Center.

  • Michael Fox, Teaching Artist

  • Monday, 5:30-7pm Washington M.S.

  • Tuition: $475

Prelude Strings

We invite you to join SOGO’s Prelude Strings!

Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) provides an after-school program in the fall, winter, and spring.  The class is taught by Rebecca Gage. Ms. Gage who has over 20 years of successful teaching experience (beginning-high school) and is currently an orchestra teacher with the North Thurston School District.

The class meets at Washington M.S. Monday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm. Enrollment is open to any elementary or middle school string player with one or two years of experience. Specific dates and tuition fee TBA.


The Musicians Out Jamming in Olympia (MOJO) chamber ensemble program is a unique ensemble experience where students learn traditional chamber, modern, and popular music. Groups perform at a variety of venues, including parties, weddings, government, and special openings around the South Sound area. Requirement: Must be a member of SOGO (We are sorry, but the MOJO Chamber Ensemble program is temporarily inactive until further notice)

  • Mary Jo Rydholm, Coordinator

  • Rehearsals are pre-arranged.

  • Tuition $55 per quarter or $150 for the season.