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 play the required scales, a self-chosen music selection (solo), and a sight reading selection at their appointed time. Open auditions are “blind” meaning the student does not meet the judges or adjudicators face to face. 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, 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.
Audition Application deadline
May 4, 2020
Each group meets at Rosemont High School on one evening per week. Schedule is subject to change.
Tuesday Night: Prelude Strings (5:45-7:00pm), Vivace Strings (7:15-8:45pm), Classic Orchestra (7-8:45pm), Harp Ensemble (6:30-8:00pm),
Premier Orchestra (7-9:30pm)
Thursday Night: Academic String Orchestra (7-9:15pm), Symphonic Winds (7-9pm)
Open Auditions for the 2020-2021 season will be held on May 23, 24, 30, and 31, 2020 at Sacramento State University, Capistrano Hall.
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.
for Open Auditions