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The Entrance Audition Application for the 2024-2025 CYS Season is now closed. The California Youth Symphony is dedicated to the artistic development of a new generation of musicians and building audiences to support them. 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. 

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.

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


  • 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 14 - Initial Deadline for submitting Tuition Assistance Application
  • APRIL 25 - Audition Results & Registration Instructions sent via Email
  • MAY 9 - Deadline to complete Registration


CYS offers need-based tuition assistance for musicians of all ensembles. April 14th is the initial deadline for submitting the Tuition Assistance Application, linked below. We will continue to accept tuition assistance applications after April 14th, but those received by then will have first priority. Due to limited resources it is unlikely additional aid will be available once all funds are used. Our goal is to inform families of their award status and amount as registration opens, or shortly after, so they can make an informed decision about registration.



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.

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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