Audition Material

The Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra is an audition-only ensemble. Below you will find a link to instrument-specific audition material and relevant forms needed for auditioning.

Due to the Pandemic the BYSO Board would like to announce that we will be cancelling auditions for the 2020-2021 season.  Everyone that has paid their audition fee will be fully reimbursed.  Please check back in July to find out about auditions for the 2021-2022 season.  

Members of the 2019-2020 BYSO need to check their email for a note from Mrs. Pryor.

Thank you for your patience and keep on practicing!


How to become a member

Fulfill the following requirements:

For consideration as a member of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, you must fulfill the following: 

  1. Completion of the application Google form accompanied by $25 non-refundable application fee no later than October 3, 2020.

  2. Performance of audition music including:

    1. The assigned scale(s) AND excerpts for your instrument provided.

    2. There will be no sight-reading this year due to online auditions.

  3. Membership is open to students in the 7th grade through college undergraduate (through age 22 at the time of auditions).

  4. You must be enrolled and in good standing in your school instrumental music group where available.

  5. Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is mandatory if you become a member of the BYSO.  

Complete forms and pay application fee

Complete the following Google form and pay the application fee via the PayPal link following submission of the form. More information will follow on online submission of audition.

*Payment of the $25 application fee will apply to the tuition fee of $200, payable upon admission to the Bakersfield Youth Symphony.  If you are not accepted, your $25 will NOT be refunded, and if you do not appear, the fee will be forfeited. Applications received later than October 3rd will require a $10 late fee. Complete payment of tuition, in the form of cash or check, must be received by the first rehearsal.  Financial aid to cover tuition is available based on need.  Applications for financial aid are available.

*Application fee will be paid via PayPal, but tuition fees, if accepted, MUST be paid via cash or check.

*Application MUST be received by October 3, 2020


Auditions must be submitted by October 24, 2020. More instructions for online submission will follow.

Good luck!