Due to COVID-19, the MYSP will not be auditioning for in-person large ensembles. If you would like to participate in a virtual chamber ensemble, please select the excerpts most comfortable for you. You do not need to prepare scales or sight reading. Please submit a video audition using an unlisted YouTube or Google Drive Link to myspexecutivedirector@gmail.com by Monday, August 31st. 

What steps are required to audition?

  1. Complete the online audition form  by August 24th

  2. Pay $25 nonrefundable fee (new members only--returning members do not need to pay the fee)

 The deadline for the completed audition form and non-refundable fee has been extended to Monday, August 24.

What fees are involved?

2020-2021 Season Tuition Fees (non-refundable)*

  • Chamber Ensemble Tuition: $250


*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.


String Orchestra*

Prelude Strings

*Note: String Orchestra candidates only need to perform one of the two listed excerpts. They may chose which one they play.
Youth Symphony and Wind Ensemble Winds/Brass/Percussion
(Note: Concert Band candidates are not required to play excerpts at annual auditions)

Why join the MYSP? 

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 2020. The following students are required to audition, regardless of previous MYSP participation:

  • New students 

  • Returning string students who would like to move up to a higher ensemble. Returning string students who wish to remain in their current ensemble DO NOT need to audition.

  • All wind, brass and percussion instruments for Youth Symphony, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

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.

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The mission of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program is to enable young musicians to realize their individual potential while contributing to the success of the entire ensemble.

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