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

  • Prepare for your audition by reviewing the standards of musicianship expected at each ensemble level and practicing.
  • Record your audition as described in the instructions.
  • Register and Pay Registration for Fall 2021 auditions is closed.

2021-22 Season Information

In-Person Rehearsals:

Currently, we are planing for 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.


As you know, we typically rehearse in a school, which is not possible this year due to the pandemic. We have confirmed the Northwest Arts Center for our Cadet and Debut ensemble rehearsals and are working on facilities for our other ensembles.  Please refer to the specific ensemble pages for the most up-to-date information.

Fall Auditions:  Registration is Closed

Auditions for our full regular season take place from August 9 – 25. 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.

Mid Season Auditions:  December and February/March

BYSO holds additional entry auditions twice during the ongoing season on an instrument-need basis. These mid-season entry auditions happen in December and late February or early March. BYSO’s mid-season auditions are open to all instruments and to those who have not already auditioned in the Fall.

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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