Students who wish to participate in BYSO must audition. This includes both new and returning students.  Students only need to audition once for the season.

Winter Auditions Now Open

On-line Auditions for our Winter quarter are now open!  Winter auditions are specifically for musicians that did not audition in Fall.  If you auditioned in Fall but did not participate in a BYSO ensemble and would like to join us for Winter quarter please contact us at

Click here for detailed instruction on how to prepare and submit your audition.  Winter Audition Instructions

2021-2022 Season

  • Fall Quarter:  September 27 – November 22, 2021
  • Winter Quarter:  January 10 – March 21, 2021
  • Spring Quarter:  March 28 – May 22, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-22 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.

Currently, the plan for rehearsals for the 2021-22 Season will be in-person although this may change depending on evolving State COVID guidelines.  As you know, we typically rehearse in a school, which is not possible this year due to the pandemic. We are working on facilities and are updating our ensemble pages as we have more information. This will include: Locations, time, days, tuition and performances.


Auditions are online for the 2021-22 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 next opportunity to audition for BYSO will be winter auditions November 23rd – December 6th. Click here for details: Audition Instructions

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 2021-22 season. Members of Youth Symphony and Percussion Ensemble in 2020-21 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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