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 now CLOSED. However, we may still welcome late applicants on certain instruments to audition. Entrance Auditions for the 2018-19 Season become available in January and auditions are held in April.


Senior Orchestra:  Bass Trombone, Trumpet, String Bass, Viola, Percussion, Piano
Associate Orchestra: String Bass, Trombone, Oboe
Wind Symphony: Bassoon, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba
Wind Ensemble: Bassoon, French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, and Tuba

If you are interested in being considered for a 2017-2018 season recruiting audition for one of the spots listed above, please complete the Waiting List form. Once your completed form has been received, CYS will contact you if an audition opportunity arises.

CYS membership is both a privilege and a responsibility.  Students have an opportunity to create wonderful musical memories and experiences that they will carry with them for a lifetime.  As members, students and families are asked to maintain CYS’s high standards.

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.

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