The California Young Artists Symphony invites musicians to audition for our 2022-23 season.



Next round of auditions for open positions in January 2023.

Download Excerpts

All excerpt packets include additional excerpts. You are only required to play the standard section excerpts. Other excerpts are only required if you are auditioning for a specific position (principal, piccolo flute, Eb clarinet, English Horn, contrabassoon, etc…).


Rehearsals are typically held Saturday mornings from 9 AM to 12 PM (with a 15-minute break).

Our rehearsal venue is dependent on the performance venue, but is generally in or near the LA area.

There are 3 to 4 Saturday rehearsals depending on the program, and guest artist. Concerts are scheduled for Sunday evening with a 1.5-hour dress in the afternoon, and a 1.5 hour dinner break in between.

Our second season will host 2-3 concert programs.

Our full concert calendar will be available in September to applicants so they can check conflicts before committing to the fellowship.

Eligibility and Auditions

Auditions are reviewed by CYAS directors and a panel from the CYAS Artist Board. Second round in-person auditions are proctored by CYAS directors and recorded for the artist board to review. Audition scores are based on excerpt performance, solo difficulty and performance, resume, and previous rehearsal/concert performance with CYAS.

For Orchestral Fellowships musicians must be:

  1. A resident of the Southern California Region (from San Diego to Santa Barbara). 
  2. Enrolled at a university or conservatory (or independent study equivalent) and pursuing music as a primary focus of study at the undergraduate or graduate level. Candidates not enrolled or majoring in music may still be considered for the CYAS sub list.

For Apprentice Fellowships musicians must be:

  1. Enrolled in a pre-college institution or independent study program.
  2. Display exceptional performance, orchestral experience, and leadership in their craft. Experience in principal positions in major youth orchestras is highly recommended.
  3. At least 13 years of age as of December 31st of the current season (exceptions can be made for exceptional young artists).

CYAS accepts applicants based on musical ability and does not discriminate based on race, gender, disability, background, or income.

Commitment and Roster

Our concert season and general rehearsal schedule is posted in advance of auditions, with rehearsal details and roster posted shortly after auditions conclude. 

We ask each musician to consider their commitment to the entire season’s rehearsals and concerts before applying.

Musicians that are not available for all rehearsals during a cycle may see their roster placement effected or may lose their seat for the cycle. Musicians that miss a cycle may be asked to re-audition for their fellowship or lose their fellowship altogether.

Roster placement is based on audition performance, rehearsal/concert performance, experience, and prompt responsiveness in communications.

CYAS staffs each cycle based on roster placement (musicians placed higher up in the roster will have higher priority for seating).

Directors and Mentors

A key facet of the CYAS program is our guest director and artist roster. CYAS has no principal conductor. Musicians will have more opportunities to get to know an international roster of directors and guest mentors. CYAS provides opportunities to interact with directors during rehearsals and at planned events outside of rehearsal.

CYAS also maintains a roster of mentor artists who are leaders in their fields. During any given rehearsal, orchestra members may find a principal player of a major symphony orchestra sharing a stand with them. This allows players further opportunities to build bridges to the professional world.