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Musicians ages 6 to 18 are invited to make an audition appointment with ECYS. Individual audition appointments are made year-round, based upon openings in the program. Candidates must study with a private teacher, and have had at least one year of lessons to be considered for placement.

CURRENT ECYS MEMBERS: CLICK HERE to apply for a promotion audition (you must have your ECYS log-in information to access). DO NOT click the audition application button below. 

2018-2019 Season New Member Audition Application


Before you apply for an audition:

  • Carefully read the requirements that are posted for each orchestra and ensemble, and prepare your audition accordingly. Auditions will be held in March and April, as faculty schedules permit. Later auditions MAY be heard, but only if there are openings remaining after the initial round of auditions.
  • Auditions will be heard for the Summer Conservatory regardless of openings in the regular season program.
  • Audition appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. When all appointments are filled, applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be scheduled for a later round of auditions, pending open positions. As of March 14, 2018, there are available appointments for all instruments at all levels. 
  • There is a $25.00 audition fee due when you fill out the application. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. You will not receive an appointment until this fee is received.
  • Appointments are sent via email weekly. If you do not receive your appointment within one week, there may be an issue with your application, fee, or you may be waitlisted. Please contact the Office if you do not hear from us.
  •  If you have any questions, please review the FAQ.
  •  Interested in the Senior Symphony Orchestra? Please note the following: Musicians who are accepted to the Senior Symphony for 2018-19 must attend the Annual Retreat (Aug. 5-10, 2018) at UC Santa Cruz, and the International Tour, late June to early July, 2019.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results of their audition by e-mail. Placement decisions of the conducting staff are final and non-appealable. If accepted into one of the orchestras, students will be sent enrollment information including information on annual season fees. Results for 2018-19 will be sent in late-April.
  •  All orchestra members are encouraged to participate in school music programs, when such programs exist. By participating in a school music program, you benefit by playing every day, becoming a better sight-reader, and playing an important part in helping to build meaningful music programs in your schools and communities.


 ECYS gives equal membership opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, citizenship, disability, or geographic location.
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