Audition registration is closed!  Please check back this summer for late audition info!
Below you will find the excerpts and additional instructions for your virtual* annual audition
due May 26. Please prepare all excerpts in the package: 

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)

*Instructions for submitting video and audio audition recordings will be sent after your registration is complete


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.

What steps are required to audition?

  1. Complete the online audition form 

  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 MAY 5, 2020.

What fees are involved?

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

  • Youth Symphony  $525

  • String Orchestra   $425

  • Prelude Strings     $325

  • Wind Ensemble and Concert Band    $350

*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.


Members are responsible for concert dress and a music stand, and are expected to attend all rehearsals, concerts and events; four rehearsal absences (2 per semester) are allowed per year. 

How does the audition work?

YS, SO, WE and CB applicants audition anonymously behind a screen. An audition monitor relays communications between the judges and candidate. PS candidates audition with no screen-they play live in person for the judges. 

How do i prepare for the audition?

The audition consists of four parts (3 for CB) and order may vary depending on the ensemble and judges. See links to excerpts and other information about scales, solos and sight reading at the top of this page.

Questions? Contact Debbie Heath, Orchestra Manager at

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