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

This year's audition process is to have all applicants submit an unedited video audition. We have determined that not only will this aid in the efforts of reducing potential COVID-19 exposure, but it will also give applicants greater flexibility in submitting their best audition. Percussion applicants will have an in-person audition.

The non-refundable audition fee is $35.00 for each musician and must accompany the application form in order to complete registration. Payments are processed through PayPal.


We still have openings for the following instruments in certain ensembles: Viola, Bass, Oboe, Bassoon, Tenor Saxophone, All Brass, and Percussion.

If you are interested in being added to our WAITING LIST FOR THE CURRENT 2023-24 SEASON, please complete the Waiting List Audition FormWe will contact you should an opportunity arise.


The Entrance Audition Application for the 2024-2025 CYS Season is now open! Auditions for CYS are open to students of high school age and younger as of September of the coming season. Each musician within a family will need to complete a separate form. If you are interested in auditioning on two different instruments other than an auxiliary instrument (i.e. flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, etc.) please indicate this on your audition application. Only one student per form.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Musicians who accept the invitation to join CYS Senior Orchestra are required to participate in our Summer Camp. Those who join the String Ensembles are strongly encouraged to participate in the Summer String Camp. Both take place during the summer of 2024 on the following dates:

  • OVERNIGHT CAMP [Senior Orchestra]: 7/27/24 [SAT] - 8/3/24 [SAT]
  • DAY CAMP [String Ensembles]: 7/22/24 [MON] - 7/26/24 [FRI], 9am-5pm


If you would like more information about our CYS programs or auditions please read through our website, under Programs, for further details, or please contact the CYS office by phone at 650-325-6666 or email

  • MARCH 24 - All Instruments - Audition Applications Due (closes at 11:59 PM PST)
  • MARCH 24 - Strings|Winds|Brass - Video Submissions Due (closes at 11:59 PM PST). Submit any time before the deadline - plan accordingly
  • APRIL 6, APRIL 7, and APRIL 14 - Percussion Auditions held in-person at Almond Elementary School
  • APRIL 25 - Audition Results & Registration Instructions sent via Email
  • MAY 9 - Deadline to complete Registration
  • JUNE 1 - Deadline to submit Tuition Assistance Application

2024-25 SEASON COVID-BOOSTER RECOMMENDATION: All musicians are strongly encouraged to keep up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination, with the initial series AND booster doses as eligible. In the 2024-25 Season, masks will be strongly encouraged during rehearsals and concerts but not required.

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