2019 Auditions

2019 Audition Application closes friday, August 16!

Questions? Email Director of Orchestra Operations, Isabel Thiroux

The American Youth Symphony’s competitive Fellowship program provides a per-concert stipend (ranging from $275-500) and tuition-free training, focused on the study and performance of the canon of classical masterworks, along with cutting-edge new music and legendary film scores. During their time with AYS, fellows enhance their musical growth, engage with their community, work with top guest artists and composers, develop crucial leadership skills, and perform sold-out concerts at the most prestigious venues in Los Angeles.

Blind auditions ensure that acceptance is based purely on merit; and, as part of our long standing commitment to eliminating all financial barriers for our students, there will never be any fee to audition.

Applicants must be at least 15 years old as of September 30, 2019.  The orchestra is made up of students in high school through graduate music programs, as well as young professionals who have completed their education. The average age of our orchestra members is 23.

2019 Audition Information

Open Positions: as of June 21, 2019

Assistant Principal Viola
Principal Cello
Principal Bass
All String Sections
Flute 2
Bassoon 2
Bassoon 3/Contra
Assistant Principal Horn
Horn 3; Horn 4
Principal Trumpet
3rd Trumpet
Principal Trombone
Trombone 2
Bass Trombone
Principal Timpani
Principal Percussion
Percussion 2
Percussion 3

June 25 update: Due to timing, auditions for Bassoon 3/Contrabassoon, clarinet (all), trumpet 3, harp, and piano will be held at a later date. 
Subject to change

Audition Dates:

September 18-21, 2019. Auditions will take place at UCLA, Herb Alpert School of Music.


To participate, you must be at least 15 years of age as of September 30, 2019. 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: Application closes Friday, August 16, 2019

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.


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. 

Absences of two or more rehearsals for a concert which you have committed to playing may result in the following consequences: probation, dismissal from your role in the concert, future discipline or dismissal from the orchestra. If, for any reason, you miss two or more concerts in one season, your position will be automatically open to audition for the following season, and, at the discretion of the Music Director, you may be required to re-audition for continued membership in the orchestra. 

Concert Dates:

October 20, 2019 UCLA, Royce Hall
November 3, 2019 Sundays LIVE
November 23, 2019 UCLA, Royce Hall
December 15, 2019 Laemmle Live
February 8, 2020 Walt Disney Concert Hall
April 4, 2020 UCLA, Royce Hall
May 3, 2020 UCLA, Royce Hall 

Rehearsal Schedule:

There are typically 4-5 rehearsals for each concert, held during the week of the performance. This will include weeknights from 7:30pm – 10:00pm, plus Saturday and/or Sunday mornings from 10:00am-12:30pm. Location varies, but many rehearsals will be held at the Hollywood Scoring location in Atwater Village (90065). The rehearsal schedule is subject to change.

2019 Repertoire: TBA

Check back for announcement of 2019 repertoire. A typical season includes significant programming of canonical symphonic repertoire, along with a selection of contemporary works, and an annual live film concert.