Youth Symphony

Auditions & Registration

Auditions 2022-2023

Auditions for Youth Symphony will be held on August 18-20 2022 at Community Baptist  Church located at  51 E Foothill, SLO. The registration form below must be completed for each child wishing to participate in Youth Symphony.

8/18 (4-8P) Prep,
8/19 (4-8P) Academy & Symphonic Winds
8/20 (9A-1P) Concert Orch.
“Please reserve the date of Aug 18 (Th) between 4:00 and 8:00 for Prep auditions. We will let you know your time slot in August. (We will schedule siblings together)


Each student will be placed in the ensemble best suited to their skill level. Please check the sidebar for additional information about the audition guidelines, schedule, requirements, and more.

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    Student Information


    Please include student email if you would like for them to receive rehearsal reminders and other announcements.

    Parent/Guardian Information

    Please note: Primary Parent/Guardian name and address must match on payment page.

    Audition Information

    Requested Ensemble*:


    Emergency Information


    Media Release

    The San Luis Obispo Symphony may take photographs, videos, or recordings of Youth Symphony auditions, rehearsals, and performances to be used on our website and/or social media accounts, as well as printed materials such as brochures and funding requests. While we will not tag or identify any student, your child's image may be used in these promotional materials in this and future years. No photographs, videos, or recordings will be sold or used for commercial purposes.

    Tuition Agreement*

    Participation Agreement*

    The information contained in this form will be used by the San Luis Obispo Symphony as it pertains to the Youth Symphony program. After clicking "submit" you will be redirected to a payment page. A $35 audition fee is required to reserve your child's spot in this program. If you have any questions regarding this payment, please call the San Luis Obispo Symphony office at 805-548-1586.

    Everything You Need to Know About YS Auditions

    Who can audition for YS?

    Youth Symphony is open to musicians that are high school seniors or younger. All students must fill out a registration form.


    Is there a fee?

    There is a non-refundable, non tax-deductible fee of $35 for each child auditioning for Youth Symphony.


    Where and when are auditions?

    In-Person Auditions:
    August 18-20 2022

    all instruments, all ensembles,

    Community Baptist Church 51 E Foothill, SLO

    Times TBD


    What are the requirements?

    Each Youth Symphony ensemble is designed for different skill levels and each has their own audition requirements.

    Preparatory Strings

    A prepared piece at the level of Bach Minuets in Suzuki Book 1 or higher

    Possible sight reading of simple melodies

    Scales (click the instrument below for sheet music):

    Violin: 1-octave D and A Major, 2-octave G Major

    Viola: 1-octave D and G Major, 2-octave C Major

    Cello: 1-octave D and G Major, 2-octave C Major

    Bass: 1-octave G Major

    Academy String Orchestra

    Violin: A prepared piece at least at the level of Suzuki Book 3 or higher and experience in 3rd position

    Viola and Cello: A prepared piece at least at the level of Suzuki Book 3 or higher

    Possible Sight reading at an intermediate level

    Scales (click the instrument below for sheet music):

    Violin: 2-octave major scales – G, A C, D and B-flat

    Viola: 2-octave major scales – C, D, F, and E-flat

    Cello: 2-octave major scales – C, D, and one of your choice

    Bass: 2-octave major scale of your choice

    Symphonic Winds

    A prepared solo piece or part (please send in PDF of your part for our reference)

    Possible simple sight reading

    Four major scales of your choice and a chromatic scale

    Concert Orchestra

    Prepared Piece of your choice

    Possible sight reading


    Strings: 3-octave Major scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps. Adjudicators may ask for bowing variation

    Brass and Woodwinds: 2-octave Major scales up to 3 flats and 3 sharps; 2-octave Chromatic scales

    Orchestra Excerpts – Please Prepare the entire piece

    Strings: Overture to the Magic Flute by Mozart




    Winds, Brass, Percussion: Finlandia by Sibelius











    Snare drum roll

    Timpani roll and tuning

    Major scales on a mallet instrument



    If you have additional questions, please email [email protected].