The MYSP is still in the process of determining the full plan for programming next season. However, we do hope to resume large ensembles safely. In-person auditions for Youth Symphony, String Orchestra, and Prelude Strings will be held on August 28 and 29 at University of Memphis. You will be contacted in August about scheduling an audition time. Wind Ensemble and Concert Band auditions will be held in late November/early December (dates TBD). The audition requirements and repertoire for all ensembles are listed below.

All new students and returning students are required to audition for the 21-22 season. 

What steps are required to audition?

  1. Complete the online audition form  by July 26th

  2. Pay $25 nonrefundable fee

What fees are involved?

2021-2022 Season Tuition Fees (non-refundable)*

  • Youth Symphony (Sep.-May)-$525

  • String Orchestra (Sep.-May)-$425

  • Prelude Strings (Sep.-May)-$325

  • NEW THIS YEAR: Wind Ensemble/Concert Band)-$300 (Runs January - May)


*The MYSP is happy to offer financial assistance to families that demonstrate need. Details will be made available after acceptance into the program. No accepted student is turned away due to inability to pay.

Concert Band

All Instruments

Why join the MYSP? 

Listen to MYSP students and staff explain why they love the MYSP here.


Performing in school ensembles, private lessons, chamber music, All West, Youth Symphony – each one provides a unique and valuable learning experience. If you are able, we encourage you to do them all! At the MYSP you will learn advanced repertoire, play with advanced students, perform with a full symphony orchestra (YS), learn great music with gifted conductors and make new friends. Join the MYSP and be a performer, a leader and a future patron of the Arts. Financial Aid is available for families who demonstrate a need.

Who can audition?

String instrument candidates through the 12th grade can audition; Wind Ensemble candidates must be at least in the 8th grade, Concert Band in the 7th grade by Fall 2021. All new students and returning students are required to audition for the 21-22 season. 

Am I ready for the YS, SO, PS, WE or CB?

Age and grade level varies. Number of years of study, daily practice, and private lessons make a big difference in how fast skills are learned. Players should seek advice from their private teachers and school music teachers regarding their current skill levels and audition requirements. Indicate on your registration form in which orchestra(s) you would like to perform. After a successful year in one group it would be appropriate for your own musical development to audition for the next ensemble in our program.