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Thank you for choosing to audition for the SDYS 2021-2022 season on Acceptd!

To start an application, please choose whether to audition for the next ensemble up or to reseat in your current ensemble.  All high school students will have their audition heard by the Music Director. 

Ensemble requirements will be viewable on May 7, 2021.

You are required to upload the following materials:

  1. Headshot (selfies are OK!)
  2. Scale video 
  3. Solo video (play entire piece or movement that best displays your abilities)
  4. Prepared excerpt video (if recording multiple excerpts, record them all in one video)

You may also refer to our Audition Handbook for helpful audition tips and other important information. 

Please review some helpful tips on creating a successful audition video

                                                    SDYS Ensembles Progression Chart 


                                                                  Chamber Orchestra

                                                   Symphony Orchestra      Wind Orchestra



                                                            Sinfonia           Wind Symphony


                                                    Concert Orchestra         Concert Winds                                                  


                                                   Symphonic Strings

                                                     Overture Strings        Overture Winds


                                                      Debut Strings             Debut Winds

                                                   Beginning Strings

Please review the age requirements for all SDYS ensembles:

Age Requirement by September 1, 2021

Level                                                      Minimum                                           Maximum

Prelude -                                      

Beginning Strings                                   7 years / 2nd grade                           12 years / 7th grade

Debut Strings & Debut Winds                8 years / 3rd grade                            15 years / 10th grade

Inspiration -

Overture Strings, Overture Winds, 
& Symphonic Strings                              8 years / 3rd grade                            17 years / 12th grade 

Showcase -

Concert Orchestra, Concert Winds        10 years / 5th grade                          19 years
& Philharmonia

Sinfonia & Wind Symphony                    12 years / 7th grade                          19 years

Ovation -                                                9th grade                                           22 years

Please call the Conservatory Team at 619.233.3232 x 4 or email with any audition related question. Thank you!

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.