Auditions Requirements

OPEN AUDITIONS Each year, 400 children and youth audition for membership in one of our seven orchestras or ensembles.  SYS has established audition requirements (see below) for each instrument including scales and repertoire. Please examine these requirements and share them with your child’s music teacher. He or she can help you determine if your child is ready to audition for membership with SYS. Musicians should be prepared to present one unedited and uninterrupted video of the required scales and a self-chosen music selection (solo) which may be submitted any time between now and May 31st, and a second video of the required sight-reading selection (material available May 28th) by May 31st. Open auditions are “blind” meaning the student does not meet the judges or adjudicators face to face. However, submitted videos must fully show the face of the student playing. Videos will be converted to audio files for judging purposes by the SYS. 


Students must re-audition each year to maintain membership.


Candidates are auditioning for a position within the entire SYS organization. There is often a limited number of spots open within each ensemble. Musicians may be placed in an ensemble where positions are open based on ability, the difficulty of repertoire selected, and previous attendance if applicable. The adjudicators will use the following guidelines as a means to assess a musician’s skill level.

Each instrument has minimum audition requirements.  Click on your instrument below to look at the requirements.

Late Audition Applications accepted

on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact before applying.

Step 1. Pay Application Fee

Step 2. Video Submission Instructions

Open Auditions for the 2021-2022 season will be an online submission. All materials are due by May 31, 2021.

Late Auditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact Robert Vann, General Manager at: or call (916) 731-5777 for more information.