Audition for GSYO

Musicians ages 6 to 18 are invited to make an audition appointment with GSYO. Individual audition appointments are made year-round, based upon openings in the program. Candidates must study with a private teacher and have had at least one year of lessons to be considered for placement. GSYO orchestras and ensembles are made up of players from across Silicon Valley and throughout the Bay Area.

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Before you apply for an audition:

  • GSYO recommends full vaccination for students and the most current versions of approved Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Carefully read the requirements that are posted for each orchestra and ensemble, and prepare your audition accordingly. Late Summer/Fall and in-season auditions will be held on a rolling basis as faculty schedules permit. Spring auditions for the following season will be held in March and April.
  • Check that there are openings for your instrument at your desired orchestra level. When there are no openings, applications will be held until either a position becomes available or the open Spring audition period begins, whichever comes first.
  • There is a $30.00 audition fee due when you fill out the application. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. You will not receive audition instructions until this fee is received.
  • If you have any questions, please review the FAQ.
  • Interested in the Senior Symphony Orchestra? Please note the following: Musicians who are accepted to the Symphony Orchestra must attend the mandatory August Retreat at UCSC, Aug. 4-8, 2024.
  • Interested in the Camilla Kolchinsky Orchestra? Please note the following: Musicians who are accepted to the Camilla Kolchinsky Orchestra must attend the mandatory Allegretto Retreat at UCSC, Aug. 23-25, 2024. CKO will also tour to Chicago, IL in the Spring of 2025.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results of their audition by e-mail. Placement decisions of the conducting staff are final and non-appealable. If accepted into one of the orchestras, students will be sent enrollment information including information on annual season fees.
  • All orchestra members are encouraged to participate in school music programs when such programs exist. By participating in a school music program, you benefit by playing every day, becoming a better sight-reader, and playing an important part in helping to build meaningful music programs in your schools and communities.
  • GSYO gives equal membership opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, citizenship, disability, or geographic location.


Apply for a promotion audition (you must have your GSYO log-in information to access).

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