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, 2020. 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.
2020 Audition Information - Still To Come
To participate, you must be at least 15 years of age as of September 30, 2020. 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: Applications for 2019/20 Season closed Friday, August 16, 2019
Submit an online application. If you would like to be considered for the sublist audition, please feel free to fill out and submit the 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. Due to timing, we will hold sublist auditions for oboe, english horn, clarinet (all), and piano at a later date in the season.
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. Anyone who has been a member prior to 2017, the 2017/18 season will count as your 2nd year of your 3 year fellowship. This means that following the 2018/19 season, members would need to audition again for another 3-year fellowship for 2019/20.
Concert Dates: 2019/20 Season
October 20, 2019 UCLA, Royce Hall – full orchestra
November 3, 2019 Sundays LIVE – AYS Principal String Quartet
November 23, 2019 UCLA, Royce Hall – full orchestra
December 15, 2019 Laemmle Live – AYS Brass Ensemble
February 8, 2020 Walt Disney Concert Hall – full orchestra
April 4, 2020 UCLA, Royce Hall – full orchestra
May 3, 2020 UCLA, Royce Hall – full orchestra
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.
The season repertoire has been announced and can be found HERE! A typical season includes significant programming of canonical symphonic repertoire, along with a selection of contemporary works, and an annual live film concert.