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Mid-Season Auditions

BYSO holds additional entry auditions twice during the ongoing season. Winter auditions take place in December. Spring auditions take place in late February or early March.

Standard audition fees apply. Tuition fees are prorated for students who join BYSO mid-season.

Who Can Audition

  • Mid-season entry auditions are only for students who have not already auditioned for the current season (beginning Sept. 1).
  • Mid-season auditionees who have participated in BYSO previously (including our intermediate or advanced summer camp) are guaranteed a placement in BYSO.
  • Mid-season auditionees who are new to BYSO (have never participated in a BYSO program, including summer camp) may audition if one of the ensembles they are likely to place into currently needs their instrument. Students who place into ensembles that do not currently need their instrument may be placed if a corresponding student withdraws.

Postponing & Re-auditioning

Students offered a placement for Winter Quarter may defer their entry until the Spring Quarter, at which time they will enter at the level earned at their winter audition. Students who decline to enter BYSO at the placement level earned at their audition, either immediately or through deferred entry, must wait until September to re-audition.


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