Orchestra Auditions

Auditions for CYSO’s upcoming season take place each spring. Students audition to be a member of CYSO–the artistic staff places students in orchestras based on their demonstrated skill level. Auditions are open to school-age students who will be high school seniors or younger. All students are required to pay a non-refundable $30 audition fee. Financial assistance is available for all CYSO programs.

Entrance Auditions for the 2017-2018 season are now closed.
CYSO will hold recruiting auditions this summer to fill the following open positions:

Concert Orchestra:  Bassoon, Harp
Debut Orchestra: Bassoon

If you are interested in being considered for a 2017-2018 season recruiting audition for one of the spots listed above, please complete the form below. Once your completed form has been received, CYSO will contact you if an audition opportunity arises. 

The Audition Process

Entrance Auditions for the upcoming season happen in April. Candidates are assigned a 5-8 minute audition time, and may be asked to sight read. Results are announced via email by June 1, and all students will be notified regardless of outcome.

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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Supplemental educational and performance opportunities include chamber music, composition seminar, steel orchestras, masterclasses, and international touring.