Orchestra Auditions

New student auditions for CYSO orchestras are open to young musicians who will high school seniors and younger in the upcoming season. Audition registration opens in late January and auditions take place in April. Audition results are announced via email by June 1, and all students will be notified regardless of outcome.

New student auditions for CYSO's upcoming 2018-2019 season are now open!

Current CYSO students interested in auditioning for the next level up, please click here.


Students who audition for CYSO will not audition for a specific orchestra, but the program in general. Based on their demonstrated skill in the audition, CYSO staff place students in the appropriate ensemble.

After registering for an audition, candidates will be assigned a 5-8 minute audition time. A non-refundable $30 audition fee is required to register.

String, woodwind, brass, harp, and piano students must prepare two contrasting movements or solo pieces for their audition. Percussion students must prepare a keyboard and snare drum solo. Note that students may also be asked to sight read. Students who wish to be considered for an advanced ensemble (Symphony Orchestra or Philharmonic Orchestra) must also prepare assigned orchestral excerpts in addition to their two contrasting movements/pieces.

If you have any additional questions about orchestra auditions, please contact Kaytie Faries, Operations Assistant at (312) 939-2207, ext. 280.




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Additional enrichment program opportunities include chamber music, composition seminar, steel orchestras, masterclasses, and international touring. See the CYSO Program Guide for a full list of programs.