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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!


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Audition Notification emails have been sent March 16, 2020 between the hours of 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST. The notice was only sent to the CONFIRMATION email address noted on the audition application. If you have not yet received this email notification, please contact CYSAuditions@cys.org to have it resent.

AUDITION PROCEDURES CHANGED AS OF MARCH 12, 2020

In consideration of recommendations by the CDC and several county health agencies with regard to coronavirus, CYS has decided to change the audition process this year from scheduling live auditions to having all applicants submit an unedited video audition. We have determined that not only will this aid in the efforts of reducing potential exposure, but it will also give applicants greater flexibility in submitting their best audition. Percussion applicants, however, are still on schedule for a live audition. 

As such, the following NEW dates and deadlines will be in effect.

  • PERCUSSION - LIVE auditions will continue to be held on April 18 and April 25. (NOTE: Schedule may change)
  • ORCHESTRAS (Strings & Harp Only - Advanced level) - Video submissions will be due between April 4 through April 11.
  • ORCHESTRAS & WIND SYMPHONY (Wind & Brass Only - Advanced level) - Video submissions will be due between April 4 through April 11.
  • WIND SYMPHONY (Saxophone & Euphonium - Advanced level) - Video submissions will be due between April 4 through April 11.
  • WIND ENSEMBLES (Beginning & Intermediate levels) - Video submissions will be due between April 4 through 11.
  • STRING ENSEMBLES (Beginning & Intermediate levels) - Video submissions will be due between April 4 through April 11.

Note: Percussion auditions are held at Almond Elementary School.

2020-21 ENTRANCE AUDITION APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED.

The Audition Application for the 2020-21 CYS season is now closed. If you have received an audition confirmation form, these are the dates and deadlines to remember.

NEW IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES FOR THE 2020-2021 SEASON:

  • MARCH 16, 2020 - E-Mailing of Audition Notification to all applicants.
  • MAY 2, 2020 - Mailing of Audition Results via USPS
  • MAY 15, 2020 - Deadline to receive Registration and Payment for the 2020-2021 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 CYSAuditions@cys.org.

2020-21 WAITING LIST APPLICATION FORM

The size and strength of our applicant pool precludes us from admitting all of the great applicants whom we envision thriving in our organization. Creating a waiting list allows us to select additional students who will compose our season roster, if space allows, following the May 15 registration deadline. After the May 15 registration deadline passes, we will evaluate the size and needs of each of our ensembles and see how we can meet those needs. We also encourage you to continue checking our website for specific openings that may become available.

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