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 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


February 11th - Full Orchestras & String Ensemble

February 13th - String Orchestra & String Ensemble

916.731.5777 for more information

February 11th & 13th, 2020

Rosemont High School

9594 Kiefer Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95827

6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Sacramento's preeminent youth orchestral  music program invites you to listen to a rehearsal and meet our conductors.

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Sacramento Youth Symphony

3443 Ramona Avenue, Suite 22

Sacramento, CA 95826-3833

Tel: 916-731-5777



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