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Join us for our 50th Anniversary Season! 

Since its founding in 1970, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE) has grown to provide musicians of all ages a comprehensive music education experience. CYE’s mission is to cultivate every student's artistic and creative potential through rewarding musical experiences while developing meaningful skills outside the arts.

CYE consists of two full orchestras, four-string orchestras, three wind ensembles, three jazz ensembles, as well as several chamber ensembles and jazz combos. Read more about those groups here. Led by dedicated and masterful music directors, each ensemble offers a unique opportunity for students at all skill levels seeking musical experiences beyond the classroom. CYE even provides students the chance to perform at historic Orchestra Hall and learn from Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians.

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE: The official application deadline has passed, but we are still accepting applications if you missed the deadline. 

Financial Aid for application fee is available: Apply Here

Audition Requirements can be found in the "Resources" tab above or on our website. 

"Start an Application" by clicking on your instrument on the left side panel. Please note that if you would like to audition for both Classical and Jazz, there are separate applications and audition requirements for each. 

If you have any questions about auditions, please email Mickayla Chapman at

For technical questions please contact the Acceptd Support Team at or by calling 1-888-725-2122. Check out the Help Desk for frequently asked questions.