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!


Auditions for the 2018-19 CYS season are scheduled for April 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21. 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.

Online application forms for NEW members are now available! The earlier you register, the more likely you are to receive your requested audition time and date. Auditions always fill up - be sure to register early!

For CURRENT CYS members, audition application forms will be mailed via USPS to your address on record.


  • MARCH 1, 2018 (@ 11:59 PM) - Audition Application Deadline
  • MARCH 15, 2018 - Audition Appointments mailed via USPS
  • MAY 2, 2018 - Audition Results mailed via USPS

Be sure to browse our website to learn more about what CYS has to offer. Check out 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 your 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 at Almond Elementary School or Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos.

If you would like more information about auditioning, please contact the CYS office at

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