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Thank you for choosing to audition for the SDYS 2023-2024 season on Acceptd!

Registration and Audition Deadlines
June 9 - July 31, 2023

  • Before auditioning, please review important program changes for the upcoming season.
  • Selected NEW students must complete their registration and upload their auditions to the Acceptd platform no later than July 31, 2023. We are accepting auditions for the following instruments at this time: 
    • Strings: Viola & Bass only
    • Winds: Clarinet, Oboe, & Bassoon only
    • ALL Brass (french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba)
    • Percussion
  • SDYS will no longer offer students the option to join mid-year. All students, including marching band students, are expected to join in the fall. Please review our updated Ensembles Page or rehearsal schedules, which take marching band student schedules into consideration. 
  • Students with little to no experience interested in joining SDYS on an instrument listed above do not need to submit an audition. Instead, please fill out this form.

How to Audition

To audition for the 2023-2024 season all students MUST complete the following steps:

  1. Complete your Registration for SDYS and pay the non-refundable registration fee by July 31. (The $40 fee increases to $50 on May 22): Register Here!
  2. Review and prepare all audition requirements listed by instrument below.
    • This includes scales, solo piece(s), and orchestral excerpt. NO piano accompaniment.
    • Specific repertoire for each instrument can be found in the Audition Requirements on our website.
    • It is recommended that you review the repertoire requirements with your private or school music teacher.
    • Intermediate and advanced students may apply for leadership by submitting an extra video answering a specific prompt. 
  3. Complete Audition Application online here by July 31.
  4. Results will be available by mid-August. Results will not be given over the phone. 

Start Your Application

  1. Please select your instrument to the left under "Start an Application".
  2. You are required to upload the following materials. Please have these ready prior to starting your application:
    • Headshot (selfies are OK!)
    • Scale video 
    • Solo video, NO piano accompaniment-  (see audition requirements for expected length of solo)
    • Prepared excerpt video (if recording multiple excerpts, record them all in one video)

Helpful links


April 14: Registration & Auditions OPEN
May 22:
Registration fee increases to $50.
June 9:
Registration & Auditions CLOSE
June 9-July 31: Registration & Auditions for NEW Selected Students only
June 30:
Placement notifications sent, including tuition and tuition assistance decisions. 

 (Mid-August for NEW students auditioning after June 9)

July 27: *Tuition Due* (August 18 for NEW students auditioning after June 9)
August 26 & 27:
Season's First Downbeat (mandatory orientation)
September 9 and 10:
First weekend of rehearsals!


Please call the SDYS Team at 619.233.3232 x 4 or email with any audition-related questions. Thank you!

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.