For Musicians

Audition Information

The California Youth Symphony is dedicated to the artistic development of a new generation of musicians and to building audiences to support them. As a member of the California Youth Symphony, you will receive invaluable training, have wonderful opportunities to enhance your musical growth, experiment, study new works, develop leadership skills, and perform at a high level of excellence some of the great repertoire required of a musician today.


Entrance Auditions for the 2017-18 CYS season are scheduled in April. Online application forms for NEW members are now available! The earlier you register, the more likely you are to receive your requested audition time and date. Auditions always fill up so be sure to register early!

For CURRENT CYS members, audition application forms will be mailed to your address on record.

  • Orchestra Auditions (Strings & Harp Only - Advanced level) will be held on March 31, April 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15.
  • Orchestra & Wind Symphony Auditions (Winds & Brass Only - Advanced level) will be held on April 2 and April 8.
  • Wind Ensemble and String Ensemble Auditions (Beginning & Intermediate levels) will be held on April 15 and April 22.
  • Percussion auditions will be held on April 2 and April 9.

Be sure to browse our website to learn more about what CYS has to offer. Please also carefully review our Audition Requirements page to learn more about what to play for each program. Check out our Auditions FAQ page for answers to all of the frequently asked questions.


Foothill College
Fine Arts & Communications Bldgs.
1100 - 1400 Blocks
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Note: Percussion auditions are held at Almond Elementary School. Occasionally, auditions will be conducted at one of the CYS rehearsal locations, either Almond Elementary School or Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos or The Harker School in San Jose.

If you would like more information about auditioning, please contact the CYS office.

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