“The Marietta-based Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra will, for the first time, hold its auditions virtually,” writes Larry Felton Johnson in Friday’s (4/10) Cobb County Courier (GA). “The online auditions are a safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. Registration is open for the GYSO 2020-2021 season, and will be open until the May 15, 2020 deadline…. The program offers twelve performing ensembles, including five orchestras, a string symposium, flute choir, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, chamber groups and a chamber chorus…. To register, students should visit http://GYSOauditions.com, and the website will walk students through the process for auditioning online.… ‘We are proud to offer this incredible new virtual audition process to young musicians across the state of Georgia. Virtual auditions create an opportunity to persevere through the challenges that COVID-19 presents and keep the music alive. We look forward to returning for our 2020-2021 season stronger than ever!’ said GSO Education Director Melody Richardson…. Registration closes Friday, May 15, 2020.” Several other youth orchestras have recently announced online auditions.