Join BYSO

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).

Non-Accepted Musicians

Non-accepted students will be kindly told either at or immediately following their audition that they have not met the standards for entry into BYSO. Encouragement and suggestions for improvement will be given. We hope these promising young musicians will work hard and come back to audition again the next year!

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