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.
The auditions generally take place between the last week of August thru the first week of September. Expect to have your audition take place some time between August 29-September 2.
August 29 4:00pm – 10:00pm | FLUTE 3/PICCOLO, ASST. PR. BASS, BASS SECTION | LOCATION: UCLA Schoenberg Hall
August 30 4:00pm – 10:00pm | 4TH CLARINET/BASS CLARINET, TUBA, BASSOON 2 | LOCATION: UCLA Schoenberg Hall
August 31 4:00pm – 10:00pm | 4TH HORN, 3RD OBOE/ENGLISH HORN | LOCATION TBD
September 1 10:00am – 8:00pm | ASST. PR. 2ND VIOLIN, VIOLIN SECTIONS, PR. VIOLA, ASST. PR. VIOLA, VIOLA SECTION, ASST. PR. CELLO, CELLO SECTION | LOCATION: UCLA Schoenberg Hall
September 2 10:30am – 6:00pm | TIMPANI, PR. PERCUSSION, PERCUSSION SECTION | USC, Thornton School of Music Schoenfeld Hall (AES)
To participate, you must be at least 15 years of age as of September 30, 2018. 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
Submit an online application. 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.
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.
2018/19 Concert Dates
September 22, 2018 Royce Hall
October 28, 2018 LACMA
November 11, 2018 Royce Hall
February 23, 2019 Royce Hall
March 31, 2019 Walt Disney Concert Hall
April 27, 2019 Royce Hall
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.
For additional information, contact Director of Orchestra Operations Isabel Thiroux