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. We welcome you to audition with us!


The Entrance Audition Application for the 2021-2022 CYS Season is now open! Students audition to be a member of CYS – the artistic staff places students in ensembles based on their demonstrated skill level. Auditions are open to school-age students who will be high school seniors or younger. All students are required to pay a non-refundable $30 audition fee.

The audition process this year is to have applicants submit an unedited video audition. We have determined that not only will this aid in the efforts of reducing potential exposure from the ongoing pandemic, but it will also give applicants greater flexibility in submitting their best audition. Percussion applicants, however, are on schedule for a Zoom audition. The earlier you register, the more likely you are to receive your audition date and time (percussion only) or conductor assignment (strings/winds/brass).

For CURRENT CYS members, the link to the application form is only accessible through your weekly newsletters or by logging in to the Member Portal.


  • MARCH 15, 2021 - Last Day to Register for an Audition (closes at 11:59 PM PST on March 15)
  • MARCH 20, 2021 - Conductor Assignments sent via Email
  • APRIL 4, 2021 - Strings|Winds|Brass - Video Submissions Due. (closes at 11:59 PM PST on April 4). Submit any time before the deadline.
  • APRIL 16-18, 2021 - Percussion Auditions via Zoom
  • MAY 2, 2021 - Audition Results & Registration Instructions sent via Email
  • MAY 15, 2020 - Deadline to receive Registration and Payment for the 2021-2022 Season.

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

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