Fellowships and Policy


Applicants for Artist Fellowships must be residents of the Southern California region (San Diego to Santa Barbara), and enrolled at a higher-education institution within 1 year of application submission.

Applicants are only awarded fellowships and official roster placement through auditions.

Pre-college applicants are only eligible for Apprentice Fellowships, and must be enrolled in private instruction in their performance discipline, and must be at least 13 years of age at the beginning of the upcoming season.


Applicants who do not meet fellowship eligibility (non-residents, non-students, or pursuing areas of study not related to music) may still audition for the CYAS sub list. Non-fellowship applicants are not required to play an in-person audition.


First round auditions are held by recording submission. Second round auditions are held live and are recorded for review by the directors and Artist Board.

Audition scores are based on excerpt performance, solo difficulty and performance, resume, and previous rehearsal/concert performance with CYAS.

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

Fellowship Program

Our fellowship program is designed to develop aspiring young musicians with the technical and professional abilities required in the professional world, and connect them with the musicians, directors, and guest artists that will become their colleagues as they enter the professional world.

Fellowship winners are awarded stipends for each cycle.

Artist Fellowships: $350-550 Per Cycle
Apprentice Fellowships: $100 Per Cycle

Fellowships are awarded for 1 to 3 year terms at the discretion of the Artist Board.

´╗┐Apprentice fellowships do not automatically roll over into Artist Fellowships.

commitment and schedule

Our current season is structured around two primary performances (one in the Fall, and one in the Spring). CYAS occasionally accepts film and concert engagements with partner organizations. These engagements are voluntary and offered to fellows based on roster placement.

Our concert season and general rehearsal schedule is posted in advance of in-person 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.

Missed rehearsals will result in a $50 stipend reduction per rehearsal for Artist Fellowships, and a $25 stipend reduction for apprentice fellowships.

Musicians are expected to prepare material and be concert-ready at the first rehearsal.


Roster placement is based on audition performance, rehearsal/concert performance, experience, and professionalism.

Section players may see their position adjusted within the roster based on rehearsal and concert performance. 

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

Fellows that display extraordinary performance, preparation, and professionalism may be offered fellowship extensions or promotions without audition at the discretion of the Artist Board.

Musicians that are not available for rehearsals, display inadequate preparation, or are absent/late to rehearsals after confirming their availability may see their roster placement affected, may lose their seat for the cycle, or may lose their fellowships in significant cases.


All musicians and staff at CYAS are expected to behave with professionalism and integrity, and to treat their colleagues with respect and kindness.

Disrespectful or inconsiderate behavior for any reason can be grounds for reprimand or dismissal.