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Students who wish to participate in BYSO must audition. This includes both new and returning students.

2020-2021 Mid-Season Auditions

Welcome to the 2020-21 BYSO season! As we plan this season’s program, our primary concern is the health and safety of our students, their families, and our team of music and administrative staff. Offerings will be in accordance with guidelines on gatherings and social distancing from the King County Health Department, Washington state, the CDC and other authorities. We are offering online small group ensembles, described under our Ensembles tab.

Auditions are online for the 2020-21 season. Audition standards and process are the same as in previous years, except that candidates record their audition and submit a link to their recording with their audition registration. The window for spring audition submissions will open in mid-February and close February 24.

Once the audition process is complete and all auditions have been reviewed by our music staff, students are placed into BYSO ensemble levels. These placements are used for assignment to specific ensemble offerings. A placed musician may choose to participate or save their spot for later in the 2020-21 season. Members of Youth Symphony and Percussion Ensemble in 2019-20 do not require an audition and have already been contacted regarding participation.

Whether you are new to BYSO or a returning student, please review all the information in our Enrollment section to help you prepare for your audition. The Ensembles section of our website describes each level within our organization and the music typically played at each level.

Qualifying Instruments

BYSO welcomes all symphonic orchestral instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, horn, baritone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, and harp.

Ensemble Placement

At BYSO, students do not audition for specific orchestras. Students should use the Audition Levels provided on this site to prepare the most advanced level of audition material that they feel comfortable with and can play well. Preparing material for a certain level does not ensure placement at that level.

Placement is based solely on the musician’s ability, not age or grade.

Students Not Placed

Some candidates may not meet BYSO standards upon auditioning. Students who have not met the standards for entry into BYSO will be told  following their audition evaluation. Encouragement and suggestions for improvement will be given at that time and we hope these promising young musicians continue to practice and that we will see them next year!

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