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

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.

Returning and Mid-Season Enrollment

Returning students may be placed in the same ensemble they were in during the previous year or in a more advanced ensemble. They will not be placed in a less advanced ensemble.

Special guidelines and policies apply to students auditioning to join BYSO mid-season (January or March).

Students Not Placed

Some students may not meet BYSO standards upon auditioning. Students who have not met the standards for entry into BYSO will be told immediately following their audition. 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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