When and How to Audition

Before You Audition

Whether you’ve been a member of BYSO for years, or are new, please review the Join BYSO page. It contains critical information about our auditioning and placement policies.

How to Audition

2021-22 Season Information

In-Person Rehearsals:

Currently, we are conducting in-person rehearsals for the 2021-22 Season following WA State DOH guidelines for schools including:  3 feet of distancing, no shared music stands, mask wearing and wind instrumentalists using bell covers.  We are watching evolving School District and State COVID guidelines and will make changes accordingly.


We have three different rehearsal locations, please refer to the specific ensemble pages for the day, time and location of rehearsals.

Fall Auditions

Auditions for our full regular season take in August. All new and returning students must audition for placement in the new season, with the exception of students who have previously auditioned into and participated in Youth Symphony or Percussion Ensemble.

Winter Auditions:  November 23 – December 6, 2021

BYSO holds entry auditions in the winter on an instrument-need basis. Please see our Audition Instructions page for detailed information.

Spring Auditions:  February/March

BYSO holds additional entry auditions during the ongoing season on an instrument-need basis. The Spring entry auditions happen in late February or early March.

Placement criteria

Your audition will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Intonation
  • Tone Quality
  • Rhythmic Accuracy
  • Musicality
  • Style
  • Overall performance and preparation
  • Instrumentation capacity for each ensemble

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