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

2020-2021 Season Overview

We are looking forward to the new 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 will be offering online small group ensembles, described under our Ensembles tab.

Auditions will be online for the 2020-21 season. Audition standards and process will be same as in previous years, except that candidates will record their audition and submit a link to their recording with their audition registration. The window for audition submissions will be August 10 to August 24, and that is when the registration form will be made available.

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

Mid-Season Enrollment

BYSO generally offers students the opportunity to audition to enter BYSO in January or March. These mid-year auditions are always limited, so we encourage everyone to audition in the fall.

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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