2016/17 Audition Information

Page updated: October 25, 2016. Applications are closed.

The American Youth Symphony (AYS) is dedicated to the artistic development of a new generation of musicians and to building audiences to support them. As a member of the American Youth Symphony, you will receive tuition-free training, have wonderful opportunities to enhance your musical growth, experiment, study new works, develop leadership skills, and perform at a high level of excellence some of the great repertoire required of a musician today!

There is no fee to audition.

Audition Dates

Blind auditions for the 3rd bassoon/contra, principal trumpet, and piano are being are going to be held on Thursday, October 13 at the Musicians Union – 817 Vine Street, Los Angeles, 90038. If you are interested in taking this audition, please email the Director of Orchestra Operations at isabel.thiroux@aysymphony.org.


To participate, you must be at least 15 years of age as of September 30, 2016. Most members of AYS are college or graduate students majoring in performance, with a median age of 20-24. We also welcome exceptionally talented high school students who already have substantial musical training. AYS accepts applicants based on their musical ability without regard to gender, race, religion, disability, or income. Annual open auditions ensure that the most qualified musicians have the opportunity to participate in fundamental performance technique. 

How to Apply

The application for the 2016/17 season is now available. Once your application is received and reviewed, you will be notified by email of your audition time. Auditions for each instrument group are typically held on a single day. Please understand that alternate dates and times may not be available due to the availability of the venue.

Musicians will find all the required information about our program and the audition process in the handbook for the 2016/17 Season (coming soon).

Concert Dates and Repertoire

Admission into the American Youth Symphony requires each member to commit to the concerts, rehearsal schedule, additional training activities, and concerts around town. A typical season will have 4-5 concerts at UCLA’s Royce Hall, a concert at LACMA, and a concert Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

2016/17 Concert Dates

October 16, 2016 Royce Hall
October 30, 2016 LACMA Bing Theater
November 12, 2016 Royce Hall
February 12, 2017 Royce Hall
March 11, 2017 Walt Disney Concert Hall
April 22, 2017 Royce Hall
May 20, 2017 LACMA Bing Theater

Rehearsal Schedule

There are typically 5-6 rehearsals leading up to each concert that are held the week of a concert, some Saturday mornings from 10:00am-12:30pm and weeknights from 7:30pm – 10:00pm at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall – Orchestra Room (1343).

Rehearsal schedule is subject to change.

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For additional information, contact Director of Orchestra Operations Isabel Thiroux