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.
  • The first round of Spring auditions has concluded; however, we will still accept applications for Summer Conservatory and the following instruments: ALL BRASS, double bass, bassoon, and viola. All other applications will be waitlisted and held until mid-May. If there are openings for your instrument after mid-May, you will be contacted about auditioning at that time.
  • There is a $30.00 audition fee due when you are scheduled for an audition. Once processed, this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • 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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