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.

Open auditions for the 2020/21 season will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Thompson Junior High School, 4200 Planz Road


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 August 28, 2020.

  2. Performance of audition music including:

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

    2. Be prepared to sight read music

  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.

*Payment of the $25 application fee will apply to the tuition fee of $275, 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 TBA 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 August 28, 2020


Auditions will be held on September 12, 2020 at Thompson Junior High School, 4200 Planz Road.  The audition schedule/times will be posted on our website no later than September 4, 2020.

Good luck!

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