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AUDITION APPLICATIONS FOR THE 24-25 SEASON ARE NOW OPENFor more information visit the CYS Audition Page
An initial schedule for the upcoming season is available in the Resources Tab above.

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Chattanooga Youth Symphony! We are a unique community of passionate young musicians who want to better themselves as artists while building strong relationships within our CYS family. If any of that resonates with you, we'd love to have you audition for us! We hope that next year we can continue to grow our CYS family with engaging repertoire, access to many incredible resources including the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and through fun and meaningful community building with students from all around the greater Chattanooga area. - Ismael Sandoval, Music Director of the CYS


New applicants as well as all current or past CYS members must audition every year.

CYS has four orchestras. Students must audition for a specific orchestra based on their level of skill and experience (please consult with your teacher or director for assistance in selecting the correct orchestra for your current skill level).

  • Prelude (strings only): 1-2 years of experience. (Suzuki book or equivalent: end of book 1)  
  • Etude (strings only): 2-3 years of experience.  (Suzuki book or equivalent : middle of book 2 to book 3) 
  • Philharmonic (strings only): intermediate level (Suzuki book or equivalent: end of book 3 to book 4)
  • Symphony (all instruments): advanced level
Students younger than 12 who wish to audition for either Symphony or Philharmonic will be required to submit a recommendation letter via the application process. Applicants who are not chosen for their selected orchestra may be considered for membership in a lower orchestra.

Application Fee: $38
Deposit upon acceptance: $100
Membership Fee: $350 ($450 total including deposit)

  • Pay in full by August 10, 2024, or select semester payments of $175 each upon acceptance
Chamber Group: $250 for season, or $125 a semester
Scholarship opportunities will open in July on the CYS website.


CYS Auditions will include scales, a prepared solo, and excerpts. See specific instrument materials linked below.


Following auditions, accepted applicants will be placed in an orchestra or on an alternate list and will be notified by July 15, 2024.

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